Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by horsemen61, Jan 7, 2018.
This is a project I have in the future. Seems like these old war horses are very individual with bore sizes all over the map. Have you slugged the bore, and what did you end up with?
Thank you and have a good Thanksgiving
I slugged my bore at .3115". Hornady .312" seem to group better than the Speer .311 bullets. I hope the Barnes .311 bullet groups will tighten up. My option might be to PC and size them to .3125" or make a plating unit for the bullets and then resize. I might chamber cast next but then, my cases are stretching. I hope a seated 174 hpbt bullet can seat in a case and touch the lands before the case becomes too long. The Barnes ogive touches my rifling lands but Barnes bullets shoot best far from the lands. I need to review Sierra 180 bullets to see if the ogive can touch the lands. If it's a flat base, then maybe yes.
I plan on running a long round nose bullet that I cast. Not trying to burn this ole girl up with hot rod rounds.
147 Match Winners (RMR) over TiteGroup/Federal 100s/range brass
I'm all set for a few more Steel Challenge matches now. Tend to do more pistol shooting in the Cold Winter Months
Being outside in the cold, no coat, you tend to shoot faster lol...or at least I do.
Now back to sizing more brass.
The heavy duty Costco shelves are the best. Put thousands of pounds on them.
My error, should read 43.5
VihtaVuori was right, 155's shoot pretty well with N135! 42.0 to 43.0 were all sub moa, then groups started opening up at 43.5. no pressure signs on any, and 43.0 was 2634 fps ES16/SD7.
73 BT-TARGETS shot sub moa with 22.7 AR Comp at 2740fps ES20/SD8, 23.0 N135 at 2704fps ES32/SD11, but 8208XBR wins again. Very similar ~1/2moa group and velocity as last time at 2726fps ES6/SD2. The 8208XBR load is the one going forward!
140 Match Burners and RL16 shot great at 42.6, 42.8, and 43.0 with only a 12 fps velocity change from 42.6-43.0. 42.8 was 2776fps, and I believe I'll load the 10 bullets I have left at 42.8gr.
Have about 500 .357s , 300 327s, and 2k, 9mm that need loaded.
Down to my last 100 357s. YIKES!
I have some new loading equipment I want to try out too.
Redding precision seating micrometer dies, Magneto speed, some MJ industries stuff.
I have to work Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays both this year so I can't even sneak off to the loading room on the holidays and play.
Our maintenance shop is a main thoroughfare from North side to South side. People through there all the time.
Have to work today for DT+1/2 + a Thanksgiving meal catered in from company.
One thing about it, I don't have time to shoot either so what's left of my loaded ammo isn't going any where.
Due time, Due time. I'm a patient man.
I don't have to "work", but I am on call for both of those weeks. Monday 7:00 AM to Monday 7:00 AM. I have to stay within 30 minutes of work. Fortunately, the range is 15 minutes away from work, so I can chance being called away from there, and have been many times over the years. I need to go get some real world data on my .22 LR at up to 300 yards. I'm zeroed at 50 yards, and about 1.8 Mils at 100 yards, program says 7.0 at 200 and 13.3 at 300, but need to check it. Got started yesterday after work, but ran out of daylight quick. I was a tad low at 200 and 300, so I need to figure that out.
Today: Chamf'ed, charged, and seated (350) 223 w/various amounts of XBR 8208. (Using H 75 and S 69 gr BTHP's)
Also happy to finally get around to loading up some of the new-to-me RMR 69 gr BTHP's as well!
Takin a little break now and then heading back to chamf the rest of yesterdays 900,,,
Haven't shot in a match in 3 years, so will be interesting to see how I do.
Best of luck bro!!!!!
Thanks! But I have zero chance of winning, lol. My highest score was a 496 out of 500, and usually finish in the 480-490 range. Only four people competing now and their scores the last match were 500, 498, 490, and 465. Incredibly good shooters around here. Just going for the fun and smell of gunpowder!
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