Re: How to find your most accurate load FAST.
As a groundhog hunter, I hate missing first/only shots.
And being distant to the best barrel fitters, I really hate taking guns out of service, to get excellent barrels replaced, causing me to start all over with them, -because I pissed em away on group shooting at a range.
Test your best grouping gun for accuracy, and also consider your most accurate gun for grouping, and you should recognize that there is a difference.
I'll throw out an example:
Tubb2000, 6XC, groups(of any number) 3/8moa to 300yds easy.
Yet, the most inaccurate gun I've owned..
The first shot with any 10mins of cooling was a flyer, various directions, always. Then any followup shooting would produce a nice ragged hole. I guess that's what makes all the competitors so happy with these guns(~20sht grouping or whatever).
Let's just say I wasn't impressed with this performance & sold it off.
I have cheaper guns that are very accurate. Only ~1/2moa grouping, but more accurate, which means more useful in the field. Anyone would be a fool to burn one out with a bunch of useless group shooting. I don't group shoot on game. I shoot within my capability.