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# Bullet Sorting

#1
01-10-2014, 02:34 PM
 Bronze Member Join Date: Jun 2013 Posts: 99
Bullet Sorting

I've always heard that you will get better reloading precision if you use components from the same lots. Is this practice not relevant if you sort by weight and bearing surface?

In other words, if I were to dump 1000 rounds from different lots into a container and then weigh and sort them by bearing surface, wouldn't I get more consistency than if I keeps the lots together and used lot numbers as my sorting criteria?

Talking about long range of course.
#2
01-10-2014, 03:38 PM
 Silver Member Join Date: Dec 2013 Location: End of the Oregon Trail Posts: 139
Re: Bullet Sorting

Quote:
 Originally Posted by bill123 In other words, if I were to dump 1000 rounds from different lots into a container and then weigh and sort them by bearing surface, wouldn't I get more consistency than if I keeps the lots together and used lot numbers as my sorting criteria?
Yes, I think this might provide better results.

I sort by bearing surface, then sort those groups by weight. I use the extremes from these as foulers. I keep the others in groups based on bearing surface and use them in groups.
#3
01-10-2014, 06:48 PM
 Bronze Member Join Date: Jun 2013 Posts: 99
Re: Bullet Sorting

Quote:
 Originally Posted by Barrelnut Yes, I think this might provide better results. I sort by bearing surface, then sort those groups by weight. I use the extremes from these as foulers. I keep the others in groups based on bearing surface and use them in groups.
Is there a benefit to sorting by bearing surface before weight rather than after?
#4
01-10-2014, 07:13 PM
 Silver Member Join Date: Dec 2013 Location: End of the Oregon Trail Posts: 139
Re: Bullet Sorting

I've read that bearing service should be the most critical factor. So, I do that first and have a pile for each size bearing surface measured. Then I weight sort those piles.

You would probably end up with the same grouping though, if you weight sorted first.
#5
01-10-2014, 07:32 PM
 Bronze Member Join Date: Jun 2013 Posts: 99
Re: Bullet Sorting

Quote:
 Originally Posted by Barrelnut I've read that bearing service should be the most critical factor. So, I do that first and have a pile for each size bearing surface measured. Then I weight sort those piles. You would probably end up with the same grouping though, if you weight sorted first.
How many groups do you typically end up with?
#6
01-10-2014, 07:39 PM
 Silver Member Join Date: Oct 2008 Location: pa Posts: 268
Re: Bullet Sorting

I never sort my berger or custom bullets by bearing surface , I use a bullet comp. an sort that way.
#7
01-10-2014, 07:58 PM
 Silver Member Join Date: Dec 2013 Location: End of the Oregon Trail Posts: 139
Re: Bullet Sorting

Quote:
 Originally Posted by bill123 How many groups do you typically end up with?
last time I sorted 300 208 A-MAX and I ended up with 4 bearing surface groups.
.6.12 = 6 bulles
.613 = 36 bullets
.614 = 76 bullets
.615 = 80 bullets
.616 = 100 bullets
.617 = 3

I took the .612 and .617 for the fowler pile. Then sorted the remaining pile into weight groups that were +/- 1 gn. Didn't have many weight groups though as the bearing surface had the most variation with this group of bullets. All 300 were from the same lot.

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