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Getting the Best Precision and Accuracy from Berger VLD bullets in Your Rifle

 
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Old 07-27-2012, 06:30 PM
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Re: Getting the Best Precision and Accuracy from Berger VLD bullets in Your Rifle

Same here. I find seating first(coarse adjustment) before powder(fine adjustment).
I do this because all the powder change in the world will not affect grouping like seating does.
Best to get it right up front.
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Re: Getting the Best Precision and Accuracy from Berger VLD bullets in Your Rifle

IT WORK! i fund my c.o.a.l today on my 7mm wsm 180 Berger. i can cover them with a dime.712 outside to outside made me happy
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Re: Getting the Best Precision and Accuracy from Berger VLD bullets in Your Rifle

Great information. I am looking forward to giving them a try and I would bet the same seating method would work well for all bullets really. Thank you for putting it up.
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Old 08-01-2012, 02:26 PM
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Re: Getting the Best Precision and Accuracy from Berger VLD bullets in Your Rifle

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do you start by working your powder up first to the 2nd node then play with the seating depth. Or find the sweet spot 1st then find you best node. Im not sure where to start.thanks
I will echo what the others are saying. Those who have done this test and reported success started with a nominal (safe) load and adjusted the seating depth first.

Once you have the right seating depth you can tweak the load if you desire more velocity (does anyone want less velocity?). You may be able to squeeze even tighter precision out of your rifle with load adjustments after you find your sweet spot but moving the seating depth first is what we recommend.

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Re: Getting the Best Precision and Accuracy from Berger VLD bullets in Your Rifle

Today I shot some my first 150 VLD's with my .270 Ruger M-77, tang safety. Used H4831sc; R-22; R-19 and IMR 4831. Load data from Berger. Started at .030 off the lands for each load. I have not shot this rifle so well in 20 years. IMR 4831 and R-22 produced the best initial groups with no pressure signs. 3/8's and 1/2 inch respectively. I am at my maximum OAL due to my magazine so I can only go one direction for OAL. Is it worth the effort to increase the jump or should I concentrate on tweaking my charge?
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Re: Getting the Best Precision and Accuracy from Berger VLD bullets in Your Rifle

Moosekiller99,

When you say that you "have not shot this rifle so well in 20 years" I am left with the impression that you are happy with the precision results. I'm not going to tell you not to tinker with the load but I will relay that if you are happy with the precision level of the load then increasing your success on a hunt once you've done this will come mostly from shooting your current set up in an effort to get better at range calling and more importantly, wind dopping.

You can gain far more with learning how to call the wind than you will by going from 1/2 MOA to 1/4 MOA (as an example). With any rifle I'd recommend to get sub 1 MOA (1/2 MOA is better) precision first (which it sounds like you have) and then stop tweaking the load and focus on accuracy (get better at dopping wind).

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Re: Getting the Best Precision and Accuracy from Berger VLD bullets in Your Rifle

Thank you, Mr. Stecker, for your wise counsel.
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