Re: Importance of turning necks
I have found over the years that, neck tension is one of the "MOST" important procedure's of reloading. I like light tension rather then tight.
It goes hand in hand with "a lot" of other procedures one must use for the best accuracy.
Being a friend of Boyds and shooting with him, I'm still amazed as to how well he is doing without him doing anything to his cases.
This is NOT the norm at all in 1000 yard match shooting but, is working for Boyd.
It makes me wonder how much "better" he would do if, he did prep his cases and fine tune them? I believe it would improve his accuracy a little bit which would be worth it.
I have to think that Boyd got himself a hummer barrel and just about anything he does will give good accuracy for him. Most of us are not that lucky.
If I were you SS, I would at least "true up" the necks by turning them. Usually .012" IS a good neck thickness depending on the neck your smith has put in your chamber. For instance, most smiths at Williamsport like a neck diameter of .335", .336", .337" or .338".
Lets say you have a .336" neck diameter. Cut the case necks to .0115" or .012" thickness which measuring both side will be .023" or .024". Now seat the .308 Bullet in and you have a total of ,331" or .332" neck diameter with .005 or .004" left for case neck expansion when you fire the loaded round.
If it takes a little bit longer to load a few rounds it could be worth it.
Again, at least true up the necks as many have high spots on them from the factory.
There are MANY more things to do besides necks.