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?