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Do I just have a lemon or what

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Unread 09-27-2012, 11:13 AM
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Do I just have a lemon or what

Ok so I have been working on trying to find a load for my buddy's 30-378 for a elk hunt in November so far I have had no luck at all. I first tried factory rounds witch I could not get to group any better than 2in so I went got the dies and some Berger bullets at 210gr and played with what seemed like tons of COL lengths and powder charges and after a full box of 100 rounds over weeks of trils I still could not get anything under 1.5in so I then when down to my local gun shop picked up more H1000 and was talked into trying the noslor partitions and agen still no luck they were a little better than factory but still only a little better than 2in... So now that I'm down to 32days befor the hunt I'm going to try one more time what would everyone suggest now I may be way off but I was thinking the Berger 230gr hybrids the barns triple shock or the noslor Accu bond in 200gr now my gun is a factory weatherby Accumark with a 1in10 twist barrel .... Thanks any advice is welcome !
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    Unread 09-27-2012, 11:43 AM
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    Re: Do I just have a lemon or what

    1-10 twist might be a little fast for a heavier 30 caliber bullet. Check your manuals and see what twist rates were used for the test guns. Or call some of the bullet manufacturers and ask for guidance. I had to do that with 6.5 that has very s-l-o-w 1-7 when trying to get 120gr bullets to shoot.
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    Unread 09-27-2012, 11:56 AM
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    Re: Do I just have a lemon or what

    Does it throw them all over the paper right from the get go even with a cold barrel or will it give you 2 close then as it heats up they start spraying all over the place???
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    Unread 09-27-2012, 01:12 PM
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    Re: Do I just have a lemon or what

    when you go to the range, do you shoot 3-5 shot strings or shoot 1 wait 5-10min
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    Unread 09-27-2012, 01:13 PM
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    Re: Do I just have a lemon or what

    the free bore on the wby might be to much for the berger try a nosleror other bullet and see if it is the same effect.
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    Unread 09-27-2012, 01:27 PM
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    Re: Do I just have a lemon or what

    Ya right from the start it's all over the map and in our range we have 15min to shoot so I was shooting 2 shots per 15 min but ya seems like most think I might be better off with the noslers so I might try that
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    Unread 09-27-2012, 01:35 PM
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    Re: Do I just have a lemon or what

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    ... now my gun is a factory weatherby Accumark with a 1in10 twist barrel ...
    If anything, this twist rate should be helping you. A 1 in 10 twist would suit these heavier (longer) projectiles. If I was to hazard a guess, I'd say your problem was free bore related. How did you determine your COAL?
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