Originally Posted by boomtube
"if "not much" is your accuracy standard,
then don't trim to uniform length.
(or do any of the other brass prep steps)"
Then again, maybe it depends on our ability to discriminate between what's meaningful and what isn't. It seems new guys major on trivials, maybe because that's what they can wrap their minds around?
Case prep can only go so far. Anyone thinking a zero tolerance for case length is a rational "accuracy standard" is gonna go nuts trying to figger out how to match primers in precise brissance batches or how to determine actual bullet grip from different cases vs. so-called "neck tension" and counting powder out by kernals.
More reasonable folk use a bit of common sense and recognise that a few thou difference in case trim length is meaningless in the larger picture of fine accuracy from high capacity (long range) cartridges. Learn to properly develop an accurate load and most folk will be amazed at how tolerant it will be about the trivials new guys like to agonize over; like high precision case length.
Many moons ago I had little access to reloading equipment and hardly had any time to do case prep and cleaning. My reloads looked like hell, I tossed charges, and I didn't trim until they were seriously over length, but I still managed to bag my deer every year, shoot prarie dogs with my savage pistol like they were going out of style, and put custom rifles to shame consistantly at the range with lowly factory rigs.
I had set my pipes up with loads that simply didn't really need the case prep to stay well below moa. I'm sure I could have shaved a few thou. off a group here or there with prepped brass but it worked. I do now prep my brass to a point but I believe in the K.I.S.S. principal and won't do anything that is simply make work.
Back when I lived with my parents my Pops was getting perturbed at my grousing on primers and powders so he had me do an experiment with my '06. We took a known 1/2 moa load with the rifle and loaded it with three brands of brass and three different primer brands. The resulting scrub ammo was still sub moa. I realize not all combos will do this and if you are to close to the top if could be somewhat dangerous, but you may want to get a bigger rifle if you really need to run red line all the time.