Re: 100 Vs. 200 Yds. which is better for testing loads while reloading?
I agree with this statement however I don't "always" do this unless I am using the type of bullet that warrents it such as a Berger VLD and others. I believe it is all dependent on the type of bullet you plan to use. Most hunting bullets can be tested initionally at 100 yards to get a good baseline grouping however if your plans are to shoot at greater distances you always want to test at those distances as well. If your load has an effective range of say 300-350 yards or even further, meaning the impact velocity is at it's lowest for reliable expansion, you certainly would want to test out to that range to understand the accuracy of the load at that distance. Most of your "typical" hunting bullets that group good at 100 yards should also group good out to it's effective range provided there is no large velocity swing with the load. With a typical hunting bullet such as a Barnes TTSX or Nosler Accubond, I try to get my loads during load developement to group as tight as I can get them to at 100 yards. I am never satified unless they can shoot under MOA at 100 yards and if the rifle just plain can't do that then I would either get rid of the rifle and move on or only use the rifle in certain hunting situations. If I'm testing the Berger VLD bullet I will test at 100 yards initionally to get a baseline group and move out to 200 yards to see what the load will do then. Bullets designed for long range hunting should be tested and "tuned" at long ranges but don't expect them to group their best under 200 yards. But thats not to say they won't group good at shorter distances. It all depends on the bullet and the load and what you intend to do with it.
That's the way I do it anyways.
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