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Ladder test w/ new brass -waste of time?

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Unread 05-15-2010, 08:00 AM
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Re: Ladder test w/ new brass -waste of time?

As was mentioned in an earlier reply, to really see the results of ladder tests it is best to shoot at least 300 yds. What you need to look for in a ladder test is vertical grouping. Pay no attention to how far they are apart horizontally because it doesn't matter. When and if you start to see two or three rounds that are very close together vertically you are possibly near the sweet spot. You then need to load three or four at each of these exact charges and then shoot them as seperate groups to see which if any give the group you are looking for. Good luck, and hope your rifle responds to all the load work you are doing.
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Unread 05-15-2010, 10:16 PM
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Re: Ladder test w/ new brass -waste of time?

Originally Posted by groper View Post
i thought ladder tests were for finding a load with best ES or SD and must be fired at long range, ie 800yd-1000yds?
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Unread 05-25-2010, 12:40 AM
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Re: Ladder test w/ new brass -waste of time?

Ladder testing burns lots of powder and time! I tried the ladder test and i used alot of time,powder, primers and bullets. I agree anything 200 yds or less is useless for ladder testing. The one thing i found from ladder testing is that there are at least 2 nodes you will see. One near the starting load and one near the max load. What i have done is modify the testing and start about 1/2 way from max at .5 grain increments and work up but do not get to max load. I stop about .5 grains from MAX because if i get a good group before max then i concentrate around that weight. After finding a decent weight to check i reduce at .2grains after that. Less time and supplies to find a decent load. It has worked for my .243 and really happy with this load testing. Faster and less cost. 5/8" group at 200 yds and still hitting 8" steel plate at 400 yds. When finding the decent load i also incoporate the round robin method when doing load testing. Round Robin is a good way to load test. I used this load development at 100yds and could see the HITS EASIER and determine quicker what load is working and which is not. Anything past 500 yds i would not know about because our range here is not that far. So good luck and hope this helps somebody else out there. Good luck and keep shooting.

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