For those of you that have been following, here are my targets for 81.5, 81.7 and 82.0 grain loads.
81.5: Believe it or not, shot 1 & 2 are in the exact same hole.
81.7: I cannot figure out how 81.7 was all over the place. I should note that shot 3 was from a well heated barrel and was rushed a bit as there were some guys waiting on me so that they could head down range.
82.0: Shot 3 was a designated "Flyer" as I yanked the trigger a bit I believe.
After this testing, I believe I am going to go with 82.0 grains of H4831. This winter, I would like to glass bed and float the barrel. I am struggling to understand/believe that shaving the pressure point out of the barrel will not affect this testing and which power charge shoots the best.... I also want to do some further testing with 81.5 grains as I think that showed some promise as well. I think two 3 shot groups is not enough to "finalize" my decision on the appropriate load. Also, I have to finish up this testing as we are now less than a month away from my western deer hunt.
Again, I appreciate all of your thoughts!! This has been a great process and I have learned quite a bit about processes and my rifle which I think is most important!