Re: A good day shooting leaves me with some serious ladder test questi
Thanks for coming by Bounty. I was hoping you would join in here.
1. The wind was the best I could hope for in the Idaho desert this time of year. Normally it is 10 mph plus. I am pushing this to get done before it warms up too much so the loads and pressures are valid for next fall deer season. I could wait till the calm hot days of summer but then any drops we work out would be shot in 80 to 100 degrees as opposed to 30-60 degrees. That is also one of the reasons I picked this Hodgdon extreme powder. If he wants to try his hand at chucks in the spring and early summer the pressures would hopefully be safe.
2. I'm confident in his ability to follow the steps and take it in the shoulder to get a good surprise break. We have devised another test if you will. We are going to have him shoot a group at 300 yards with my .308 and the fantastic Wildcat bullets and then I will shoot a group as a control to this test. We will evaluate the results and proceed from there. If necessary I will shoot the test from his gun. If not we will not add me as another variable and he will complete as planned.
3. Yes. Every single shot was marked after every single pull of the trigger on the target. Our patient friend made 20 trips with the ATV for this sole purpose.
4. It is the only chrono at my disposal. We took measures to properly shade the chrono and to line it up exactly as the manual instructs us. It is a Pact mk4 with 24" spacing.
I am going to try to get this powder to work as good as can be expected with this gun. If it dosen't work do you have a reccomendation? If the loading manuals, especially the one from the powder maker, list this powder with this bullet weight how else would I know that I should pick a different one? I'm not experienced at picking powders.
It is a factory gun and my brother would be satisfied with 1 MOA at 300 but I just can't help but think that with some work we could squeeze her down a little tighter.
<font color="red"> One thing I forgot to mention was that the scope was set at 4.5x and not 14x. we adjusted this at around shot 11 or 12. My brother said that he covered the dot with the crosshairs so it is possible that his aim point was not as good as it could have been. The mirage and other small factors such as aiming at a round black dot made it hard to keep a consistant point of aim at the higher power so for the last 2 shots he dialed the power back down.</font>
The red text was added so others here would see it even though it was not in a response to them.
Please keep it coming. I am soaking up everything I can. I am making a checklist for things to fix on the next test, whatever form that test might take.
GRAVITY. It's not just a good idea. It's the LAW!