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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Deadeyejedi, Nov 17, 2019.

  1. Deadeyejedi

    Deadeyejedi Member

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    I am curious if anyone would post pictures of their range targets as they worked up to a favorite load?For instance i am currently loading some 3006 with hornady 165gr interlock boattails over 55.5 grains of h4350 .This is a favorite load of an old timer i knew .I would be curious to see the accuracy results through the build up on paper.How much difference could there be ,lets say between 55 grains or 55.9?I will try this in my own rifle when weather allows,but its too dam cold out now.thanks in advance.
     
  2. R. Cobb

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    This was my test shots for my ar15 .223, 55gr Hornady boat tail bullets, using various loads of XBR powder. While using sandbags at 100 yards. All the brass was annealed and of the same lot numbered were used. The top right was my best charge at 24.0 gr.
    Five shots for each charge, no scope adjustments.

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  3. Varminterror

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    41.0 to 42.4 grn of H4350 by 0.2grn increments under a 105 Berger Hybrid in 6 creedmoor. 41.0-41.8 top row, L to R, and 42.0 to 42.4 bottom row, L to R.

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  4. troy fairweather

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    I use the Chinese food menu paper. And do the grid like varminterror with dots. To add to the cheapness I glue them on old pizza boxes for the stand.
     
  5. South Prairie Jim

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    There are several ways to develop a quality product.
    Since you asked I’ll be happy to share and contribute.
    Attached are targets where I started with a powder charge test in .2 gr increments at 200 yards, shooting over wind flags , using one point of aim while recording on a duplicate, I’ll select a area with the least vertical to work with (29.6) than move towards a seating test at 300 yards. Again selecting a depth of the least vertical I’ll continue to a greater distance to confirm and continue to read the tendencies I’m seeing on paper. I’ll continue with finer adjustments until I produce my desired results. All while creating a diagnostic tree as I go along.
    I should add a disclaimer in here somewhere but WTH
    J
     

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  6. South Prairie Jim

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    Nice work gents
     
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  7. Deadeyejedi

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    very nice ! This is exactly what i was looking for .the reason i was asking is because my lee perfect powder measure throws charges pretty accurate ,but does vary + _ .1.If im building a test load i make exact charges with my beam scale individually ,which is time consuming .If im punching out 100 hunting loads i would prefer the powder measure . it appears to me a tiny variation shouldn't affect the hunting load by much.Keeping in mind my the places i hunt you rarely get a shot out at 100 yards .thank you all very much
     
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    When I work up a load I look for loads that have a n accurate load above and below what I load, I start with a course work-up of .5gr then .3gr then .2.
    I have 7 30-06s that I load for and 3 have the same load one other kinda likes that load and the other 3 likes heavier bullets with 2 different loads.
    I print targets out where 5 targets are on 1 page and label them to the gun, I downloaded it from here but can't figure out how to show it
     
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  11. Varminterror

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    Keep your context in perspective - for 100 yard hunting, load development doesn’t have to be demanding. There are at least 3 common load development methodologies to achieve what you described - load “forgiveness” such +/-0.1grn deviations in charge weight won’t influence your POI downrange, however, these are truly meant for long range shooting.

    The Satterlee/Short Range OCW Target I posted above has 1.4grn spread which yielded ~100fps velocity spread, but you can see my group size and POI is minimally affected for 100yrd shooting. Any of those loads would happily kill a deer at 300-400 yards (or further still, most likely). So if I were only hunting to 100 yards, all of that load development work would have been wasted effort and money.

    Alternatively, not all bullet/powder/charge weight combinations are so forgiving. I have a map of targets a friend shot at my place a few years ago, he’d thrown together loads for several bullets he wanted to try, about 3/4-7/8 of max charges for each bullet, no load development, just to see how the different bullets would print. Some were 1/2”, some were 2”. With a little work, it wasn’t difficult to get those 2” loads to shrink considerably, and replicating the 1/2” loads was simple. Moving the needle a little under the 2” loads made big waves, whereas moving a lot under the 1/2” loads didn’t change much at all. Some combinations will shoot small groups even with wild velocity swings - and some combinations take EXTREME charge weight changes to elicit even a mild velocity swing... So give the process its due, but don’t bury yourself with a 1,000 yard benchrest load development process just to hunt whitetails at 75 yards.
     
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