Ok gang, I think I have some new concepts to apply here, in my endeavor to grow into the finest shooter and handloader I can be!
First, my thoughts for my rifle:
After rooting around for a sound starting point for my load development, I think I'll be going with, excerpted from the Sierra Load Map...
IMR 4064 - 39.7gr
I have had a lot of success across the board with 165-168 grain projectiles, and use them in multiple rifles. It seems to make sense. I haven yet to decide whether or not I will lighten the load slightly, say a grain or two. I'm still pondering the pros and cons in my head. If anyone has input on this concept, I am all ears.
I'll be making up 100 rounds for the initial break in. My current break in plan is:
25 rounds - swab bore after each shot.
50 rounds - swab every 5th shot
25 rounds - swab after the fact, zero the scope, and get the full feel of the trigger.
A good cleaning and lubing job will be done once I get the bore guide.
I have a Dewey Nylon coated one piece I adore, with the brass jag & nylon bore brush. It serves me very well, and I keep it religiously clean, and in it's protective tube. I read someplace that crud gets into the coating on some of these rods, which can abrade the bore while cleaning, so I do what I can to prevent it.
I found someone who has a chrony, and once I've gotten past the break in and start really developing the loads for this rifle, we'll see about that vertical stringing thing. Hopefully I can understand it a little better by then, what causes it, how to identify it on paper, and solutions in dealing with it. I suspect it has something to do with pressure variations in each load, as that's the only thing I can conceive of that would be indicated by impacts lining up vertically.
I've ordered Lapua brass and a neck turning tool and related bushing die (backordered) Forster Hand Held Outside Neck Turner - MidwayUSA
The reviews on it are very good, and I keep hearing the Forster name. Figured it was a sound decision, even with Lapua brass being very consistent.
Ordered some Cerrosafe too, as I'd like a true method of understanding the chamber and throat, and the 3 gunsmiths I spoke with each recommended this method. I figure this will assist me greatly in getting myself dialed in as quickly and easily as I possibly can.
I also found a range nearby that has a 500 yard line...that I can drive my truck out to post targets. Happy....
More to follow....