Re: Where to start seating A-Max and SMK?
Yes, the forgiving tangental ogives like the AB or SMK can often work surprisingly far off the lands. But in my experience, rarely do secant ogives like A-max's and Bergers shoot good groups jumping very far at all, and the VLD's shoot best more often than not around 10 to 15 thou into the lands. This is at 100 yards anyway, but as Elkaholic and others have said, the VLD's may shoot ok further out even if not too flash at 100 yards. Its just much easier doing your initial load development at 100 yards, then going back to 600 and 1000 yards to confirm what you're seeing at 100. Occasionally you'll get a load that performs good at 100 that looses it further out and vice versa, but this is the exception. Usually a load that groups great at 100 yards with a low ES will work great at long range.