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Seating shorter for accuracy?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by BsChoy, Feb 25, 2008.

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  1. BsChoy

    BsChoy Member

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    I had posted not too long ago about my 1st ladder test and got great results. Now I went and loaded 2 more 3 round batches (3.32 and 3.34 respectively) to 2 slightly longer OAL's to hopefully finalize this load developement. Well I got 2 groups higher and spread out quite a bit more than the ones seated to 3.3 and the recoil seemed worse. I did have a 30-06 that loved seating bullets deep. Was this a fluke or a common occurence in your experience? I am going to load 2 more 3 round batches seated to 3.28 and 3.29 (down from 3.3 I ran the ladder with) and see if it works better.
     
  2. USSR

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    BsChoy,

    I do load development in exactly the opposite way. I start out with the bullet seated out as far as possible. My OAL is either restricted by magazine length or throat, and if throat, I'm at 0.010" off, and then I play with charge weight.

    Don
     
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    So do you think I should seat the bullets out further? I have a good amount of mag space left so it wouldn't be an issue. I got a tighter group with this charge seated to 3.3 so it would make sense if it shot better seated further out. I guess its time to play around with it a bit and see.
     
  4. Uncle Chan

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    I seat my shorter than recommended simply because I need to get them into the magazine. If I seat to recommendations, they don't fit.
     
  5. USSR

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    BsChoy,

    If you've got an accurate load, I wouldn't worry about the OAL.

    Don
     
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    At some point in the process, one should say, "good enough, good to go".

    When you arrive at a sufficiently accurate load, and verify its numbers over a chrono, then I think you have arrived! :)
     
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