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Dont know what happened at 800 yards

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Unread 02-03-2004, 01:53 PM
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Re: Dont know what happened at 800 yards

I have the same problem some days too.
I only shoot a 22-250 and 50gr's at 3900 fps.And only at 500 yards..

I just call it,not my day for shooting groups. The next day it shoots great,so it must be me. I have resorted to taking two guns to the range just for that purpose.If one don't shoot I shoot the other and normaly it don't shoot either.There for it must be me.

Just a thought.

[ 02-03-2004: Message edited by: Crazycooydog ]
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Unread 02-03-2004, 08:54 PM
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Re: Dont know what happened at 800 yards

How about the bullets and cases being of dissimalr metals?? Perhaps they tarnished one another ever so slightly.

I have noticed a differance in the way my loads perform simply by cleaning the burnt powder from the inside of the neck or not.

There are 1000+ things that it could have been and not to belittle anybody, it could have been the shooter or highly unlikly, but air density, a dirty barrel...a bad judgment of the wind. Try loading some new rounds up to your normal specs and try it again. 2 or 3 times need be. Then and only then begin to worry.
Long range shooting is a process that ends with a result. Once you start to focus on the result (how bad your last shot was, how big the group is going to be, what your buck will score, what your match score is, what place you are in...) then you loose the capacity to focus on the process.
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Unread 02-04-2004, 12:54 AM
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Dont know what happened at 800 yards

I just got back from shooting 800 yards and was very dissappointed. I was shooting my usually very accurate .300 RUM. As most know, I have a load worked up with the 200g SMK. I have only shot 1, 3 shot group at 800 yards and it was 4 inches. That was about 3 months ago. I still had about 10 of those shells left so I wanted to try a 5 shot group at that distance. I was using the same bench and rest and everything, but this time the group was 14 inches! There was very little wind. I had 2 shots high, 1 in the middle, and 2 low, pretty much all in a straight line, so again not really the wind. I always let the barrel cool at least a couple minutes between shooting the next shot. The only thing I can think of is the temperature, but then again I'm using H-1000 and I thought that was temp insensitive? Checked all the screws, all tight. Just the other day, I shot a 3.5" 3 shot group with my 150g CT BT. I am really stumped here. Anybody know something I dont??
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