Originally Posted by FAL Shot
Buy a sonic cleaner and learn how to use it.
Buy Nosler, Norma or Lapua cases.
Winchester, Federal and R-P brass will have a higher cull rate and shorter life,
Some rifles that have perfectly aligned bores and chambers can tolerate immense bullet jump, while others cannot. Know your rifle.
Buy a chronograph and learn how to use it.
I always factory crimp to add a standard amount of startup resistance. Also adds safety as it prevents bullet setback if dropped.
Forget temp sensitive powders if hunting in varied conditions. I learned this the hard way. Losing velocity on a cold day not only drops the impact point, it changes the timing and changes the bullet pattern, almost always for the worse unless your load was a bit too hot to begin with. I just use Hodgdon Extreme powders and got rid of the problem.
Buy a good case trimmer. Double important if you factory crimp, as it keeps the crimp length consistent as well.
Got a sonic cleaner and I've been using it. I
have 50 Nosler brass and that's all I've been using so far but I also have a couple hundred Winchester brass.
So far I haven't found a lot of difference in different seating depths, but I'll revisit this with match bullets after hunting season.
I have a chrono that is still in the box, but I'll be taking it next time out.
Is a factory crimp a separate die or is it something I can do with my seating die?
What powders are temp sensitive? I hope that I won't be hunting in extreme temps but it does get extremely cold here in the winter and I will still want to shoot through the winter.
I've got a case trimmer. Would you trim every case to the exact same length every time? I've been measuring my cases and only using cases that are between 2.832 and 2.838.