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Old 09-10-2012, 10:17 PM
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Best way to sort brass?

I know volume sorting is better than just weight sorting, but whats the best way to do it? Is it better to do it with water or just a really fine powder like H414? or is weight sorting the way to go?
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Old 09-11-2012, 07:14 PM
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Re: Best way to sort brass?

Sort rifle brass to a 1% spread in weight. It's not worth the time, mess and insignificant results to use some method to measure case volume. You have to first fire form the case first to get its dimensions more uniform than virgin brass has. It ain't worth the expense and barrel life for me to do that. Until you're shooting at worst, 1/4 MOA at 100 yards, 1/3 MOA at 300, 1/2 MOA at 600 and 3/4 MOA at 1000, don't waste your time; just weigh cases. Accuracy that good happens routinely by weight sorting and neck turning if neck walls have more than a 1/1000th spread in thickness with good dies and techniques. No other case prep's needed.
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Old 09-11-2012, 07:39 PM
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Re: Best way to sort brass?

The best way to do it is to fully prep & fully fire-form your cases(which you are going to do no matter what), then measure unsized cases with water & ~a drop of alcohol per cup.

I deprime cases, vibratory clean them, stand them up on a scale with plastic golf tee in the flashole, zero, then eyedrop in the water to the case mouth & touch meniscus with a corner of tissue to level. Get the reading.

Now regardless of brass performance to that point, you can decide just how matching to have them. Or, you might learn something different that you wouldn't have without the testing. Who knows? And maybe capacity matters for you,, maybe not.
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Sort rifle brass to a 1% spread in weight. It's not worth the time, mess and insignificant results to use some method to measure case volume. You have to first fire form the case first to get its dimensions more uniform than virgin brass has. It ain't worth the expense and barrel life for me to do that. Until you're shooting at worst, 1/4 MOA at 100 yards, 1/3 MOA at 300, 1/2 MOA at 600 and 3/4 MOA at 1000, don't waste your time; just weigh cases. Accuracy that good happens routinely by weight sorting and neck turning if neck walls have more than a 1/1000th spread in thickness with good dies and techniques. No other case prep's needed.
I have got 0.069 moa with the load I have now at 100 yards, and have shot a 2.685" or 0.641 moa group at a 1,000 yards with a similar load I often use. I'm willing to do the extra work of volume sorting. It also helps i'm using Norma brass. I've done almost everything else I can to squeeze every ounce of accuracy out of my system. Volume or weight sorting is about the only thing I dont do.
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Old 09-11-2012, 10:49 PM
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I have got 0.069 moa with the load I have now at 100 yards, and have shot a 2.685" or 0.641 moa group at a 1,000 yards with a similar load I often use.
Are these stated groups the largest you've produced?

How many shots per group?

I think a 2.685 inch group at 1000 is .2685 MOA. I also think a .641 MOA group at 1000 yards is 6.41 inches extreme spread.
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Old 09-12-2012, 01:31 AM
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Are these stated groups the largest you've produced?

How many shots per group?

I think a 2.685 inch group at 1000 is .2685 MOA. I also think a .641 MOA group at 1000 yards is 6.41 inches extreme spread.
You're right on the 1,000 moa. I had my OnTarget set to 400 yards when I referenced it. The 1,000 group was definitely a "screamer" group. It would be nearly impossible for me to reproduce, but it has done it once with perfect conditions. My 100 yards group is usually the norm on good days but can go up to 0.155" depending on the day. Both were three shot groups.
The point i'm trying to make is that I want to leave no stone unturned in producing as accurate as possible loads for an accurate rifle. Even if there is even a chance of improvement I will at least try it. I'm planning on doing some F-class events next year with this rifle. It might be worth the time for me to do it and leave nothing to chance, or it might just be a "feel good" thing or a "placebo effect"

When I bought my first batch of Norma I was going to weight sort them, but they were so close that it was pointless to do. I just never gave volume sorting much thought. I would like to run a test or trial with five volume sorted pieces and five pieces chosen at random and shoot them at 600 yards.
Thanks for your input.

Mikecr; thanks I might have to try that. I must ask why it's important to add the alcohol?
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Old 09-12-2012, 06:15 AM
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The point i'm trying to make is that I want to leave no stone unturned in producing as accurate as possible loads for an accurate rifle.
That's good. But you might want to decide what "accurate rifle" means for you, too. For example, what's the largest group any load has shot?

To some folks, it's the smallest few-shot group fired. Doesn't matter if all the other groups are larger. Example, the record 1000-yard benchrest few-shot groups are 2 inches or less. But the many-group average for aggregate records is typically 2/3rds the size of the biggest single group fired. And rarely, if ever, does the rifle and ammo holding the record few-shot group also hold the many-group aggregate record; they didn't shoot well enough (too big of groups) to hold that one, too.

To others, it's the largest many-shot group fired. That's what can be counted on the vast majority of the time. This is what arsenals do for military ammo; they shoot a couple hundred shots per test group 'cause they want to see what the accuracy level is that can be counted on all the time.

One thing to note on group shooting; if all the groups fired with a given load are not the same size, you're not shooting enough shots per group to asses the load's performance to count on all the time. Another is, the smaller a given test load's few-shot groups are, the harder it is to shoot one that's smaller than the previous one. For example, which of the below sets of five 3-shot groups at 1000 yards is the most accurate:

Group set A, ranges from 1 inch to 6 inches.

Group set B, ranges from 2 inch to 5 inches.

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