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bullet seating depth question

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Unread 05-19-2013, 11:21 PM
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bullet seating depth question

I'm aware of the usual method to find the sweat spot for bullet seating depth . Starting groups of 6 @ .10 off the land on up to .50. the .90 and so on. Suppose I'm using my favorite load. One is 180 AB with 75.5 of RL22 and I find the sweat spot maybe i't's .55. Question is, if I want to do some more load development with this 180 AB and a different powder would my sweat spot possibly change or can I rely on that measurement for all load development.
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Unread 05-20-2013, 12:14 AM
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Re: bullet seating depth question

The only way to really know is to test it in your rifle. However, my experience has been that the seating depth "sweet spot" for a given bullet does not change if another powder is used.

I have used VLD's and other secant ogive bullets as my first preference in most of my reloading. After using Berger Hybrids for the first time, I have decided to phase out most of the VLD's I am shooting. The hybrids are just as accurate (in some cases MORE accurate), require less load development work, and can be loaded with greater flexibility than the VLD's.

Now I am just waiting for Hunting Hybrids to be released in all of my favorite bullet weights and diameters. As they are introduced and become available, they will be replacing my VLD's.
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Unread 05-20-2013, 07:43 AM
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Re: bullet seating depth question

I agree with benchracer
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Unread 05-21-2013, 05:37 AM
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Re: bullet seating depth question

I agree 100% I use hybrid target, or classic hybrid hunter. good luck finding them

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