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260 w/130g VLD load developement

 
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Old 11-22-2013, 10:37 PM
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Re: 260 w/130g VLD load developement

This is what I have found shooting for a while. I am no expert but I never liked loading to the rifle lands being it jacks up pressure and might cause more wear at the throat. I use the Lee factory crimp die because I think loading to the lands just makes the bullet start off with the same neck tension and the powder burns the same. the Lee factory crimp does the same thing holds the bullet for the same starting pressure. All factory match ammo is at standard length and crimped.The most accurate ammo I ever fired in numerous guns and my friends guns were crimped at standard length with the Lee die. It will save a ton of time fooling around with different seating depths and I have pulled the bullet out of the case unloading after a hunt dumping the powder in the mag with long uncrimped ammo
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Old 11-23-2013, 03:31 PM
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Re: 260 w/130g VLD load developement

Thanks UKA I see what you're saying and I'll keep the crimp dies in mind.

I did my first run of ladder testing yesterday with loads ranging from 42.75 - 44.5g in .25g incrementsts. All 8 shots were in an almost perfectly vertical pattern but within a 1.6" group. The 44.5 and 44.25 loads were the two closest together on the target. From this, I took away the following data:
- no pressure signs on any of the shells, primers, bolt etc
- I think I'm close to the powder range I need to be working with and
-110 yards is too close to be doing this kind of test with this rifle

My plan from here is to work loads in the same fashion from 44.25 to 46g fired from a greater distance, and this time in 3 shot round robin groups to see what results I get. I'm expecting I might see pressure signs come into play as I get to 46g.

I'm hoping an accurate load will emerge from this next round of tests and I can tinker with seating next (although .010 off is showing plenty of promise).

I'll post back with results.

BTW I don't't seem to be able to attach photos from my phone. Can it be done or do I need to use my PC for loading pics?
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Old 11-24-2013, 10:21 AM
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Re: 260 w/130g VLD load developement

Zane I am surprised how that gun is shooting.it should be very easy to get a load for it. with cheap savage rifles the first load I put in it is excellent. The vertical stringing can be from something making contact with barrel, stock flexing, front sandbag position. check for contact make sure stock is tight and change up your front and rear rest. No way should you have to fool around with all those combos to get a good load in a rifle like that
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Old 11-24-2013, 01:56 PM
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Re: 260 w/130g VLD load developement

Hi uka
The vertical pattern was due to each successive shot having an increased charge (at least I hope it is). Im yet to try shooting groups for any one load. I'll do that next. Unfortunately work will get in the way for a couple of days.....but after that, some paper is gunna to be in trouble!
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Old 11-24-2013, 06:25 PM
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Re: 260 w/130g VLD load developement

I've got to my PC, so here are some pics of the rifle we're talking about....
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Old 11-24-2013, 08:49 PM
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Re: 260 w/130g VLD load developement

What a rifle you have there. There should be no trouble getting that beauty to shoot
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Old 12-02-2013, 06:53 PM
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Re: 260 w/130g VLD load developement

I am getting positive results at 0.035" of the lands. It seems to be a fussy bullet in relation to seating depth.
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