Long range tuning

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  1. South Prairie Jim

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    Screenshot_20210228-185841_(1)_(1).png (ill add this as a window into the madness. Lol)
     
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    Into the madness, indeed.

    I’ll share a particular observation I have had which even I feel flies in the face of my generally accepted philosophy....

    So I’ve shared frequently my poor experience with a Rock Creek barrel in 6mm Creedmoor from a few years ago. Despite burning out many other barrels, I have NEVER ridden the wave as far with any other individual barrel as I did with that tube, and I observed something I simply cannot yet reconcile. That barrel lost over 250fps over the life I fired from it, using the same load, same powder lot, same primer lot, same bullet lot, same brass (annealed each firing), and same neck tension... however, shooting confirmation ladders every 150rnds or so, the charge weight nodes didn’t move, despite the velocity slipping as much as ~25fps per 100rnds fired. I jumped to a higher node by the end of the competition season to give myself back the speed to keep my DOPE relevant, but despite the fact I was bleeding speed like crazy, my “nodes” were clearly powder charge nodes, not really velocity or barrel time nodes.

    OBT, magic velocity goals, velocity nodes, seating depth nodes, etc... none of it reconciles. But the Satterlee velocity curves, modified Newberry OCW targets, and long range Audette ladders all confirmed my charge weight node was holding, even though my velocity was changing a foot per second after every 4th round fired...

    Doesn’t make any sense at all, and I don’t intend to ever ride a barrel down that long of slope ever again to retest, so the end result of the observation is largely that about the time I think I have something figured out, something will come along which totally flips the script - but shooting small is easier than understanding WHY it shoots small.
     
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    There was a Gal at our range always tuning her and her husbands Dashers for the up coming PRS matches, as I begin to get to know her on this level I would inquire as to her method of tuning and match results, basic blather stuff... anyway I was certainly impressed with her shooting her main concern was the speed produced and the consistency to maintain the dope. I'm very impressed with the level of excellence the PRS competitors achieve, much higher IMO then a couple old farts shooting at tiny spots that don't move.
     
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    here, here
     
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    Some of us shoot from prone hugging Mother Earth with out the help of optics.
     
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    Ok after looking over my previous target I believe the over lap as red over blue is compensating( the rounds are hitting the same point of impact despite additional powder) and the speed is at least consistent so as a powder charge i decided to load 30.5 grain staying just in the middle.
    I made it to the range finally setting up at 500 yards with loads at l set at 30.5 gr , my goal is sighting the scope for 500 and see if this rifle is going to print some groups.
    Well things didn't quite work out the way I was hoping..wind and mirage added a layer of complexity on top of a what I believe is a slight neck tension issue ...i really don't like these groups shape size or lack of consistency , I also noticed that .0015-.002 neck tension using my components will not hold the +025 depth that came with the rifle data' meaning BTO 1.823 soft seats to 1.806 that will not do at one thousand yards' . I dropped a thousand on the bushing, the depth held so I reloaded a few for another look tomorrow
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    Here's a curiosity question for the chronoghaph fellas . why the 70 fps difference from day to day? I was expecting maybe a few fps for set variances but Comonman 70fps ?
     

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    This morning the wind was very calm the sky was overcast and 35 degrees. I'm still working on table manners nevertheless these 500 yard sample groups are far more consistent. First group on the left are foulers. 20210316_102406.jpg
     
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    It's hard to be mad when 2/3rds of your shots in 2/3rds of your groups are touching at 500yrds.
     
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    I'll work on that.lol
    I will also take a few pictures of the range we have and moving forward ill grab a couple at deep creek.
    If I remember .
     
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    20210114_113714.jpg the view coming back from the 500 y line
     

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    Your right about that but the name of the game is consistency so that leaves me another hundred brass to get the same seating force / neck tension followed by fine tuning of the seating depth, in addition to staying on top of the powder charge as the weather warms up however...being in the middle of the node should give me some flexibility.
     
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    20210317_111307.jpg working with my brass i use a 30/.300 comparator bushing to monitor the brass growth at the base to 300 datum, my chamber is 1.202 then after setting back the shoulder I'm 1.200 on brass #1 however brass #2 is once fired at 1.198.5 20210317_111415.jpg 20210317_111444.jpg
    One more firing should even them out.
     
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    20210317_111552.jpg Both sets of brass have necks turned to .0108 -.011 about as close to each other as I can so hopefully the 262 bushing will give me the same OD after sizing followed by very similar seating force, here my tools only go to 5/10,000. Not perfect but not bad. ( why does a 262 bushing size to 261? IDK it just does)
     

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    Some of this stuff gets kinda boring:thumbdown:
     
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    Not for me
     
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    Nope its like a puzzle that's always changing
     
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    I went out again this morning with the objective to compare my newest brass with my match brass for consistency.
    It seems after about 4 foulers this barrel settles down and starts printing very similar to those on post #33. I had my wind flag out giving me an understanding of the slight horizontal I see on paper, I also took my chronoghaph for some speed comparison, ill post that a bit later.
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    Are you using a mirage board?
     
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    Don't be shy now!
     
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    20210324_135334.jpg So if im reading things correctly' the chronoghaph numbers reviewing in order of last to first seem to correlate with the point of impact except for shot 4 ( assumed fouler) could just be a crappy shot, nevertheless im gaining confidence in this brass and bushing selection.

    Thinking a bit further this may be a great example of what is referred to as positive compensation whereas speeds are varying slightly yet rounds are impacting on the same horizontal plane. (This supports why we look at POI when shooting ladders rather than group size or shape.)
     
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    I use a mirage shield on the barrel, what's a mirage board?
     
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    It’s a old bench rest trick I got from my uncle, mirage moves before you see wind shift. I’m not home but will try to send you a picture of one, all it consists of is like a 3’x3’ board of black and white or black and orange horizontals stripes. The idea is too shoot the same condition. You pin it up next to your target
     
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    So the next thing on the agenda is to review my seating depth,( im taking a leap of faith from the previous owner on the established depth although it does shoot pretty small) the options are to test +.025 against
    .023
    .021
    .019
    at 500 yards then look again on practice day which is Friday before the Saturday Sunday match at 1000 yards or load what I have at +.025 and take my seater and arbor press, shoot a few practice groups for a standard then decide?
     
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    Decision is made.
    166 loaded rounds at full depth ( +.025) going to my event April 9-10-11th
    Final seating test will be at 1000 yards.
     
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