Re: Relearning reloading
Okay, I don't much care if I get shot at anyway. I have no "solution" but I do have some comments that may help your thinking about this question.
First, I think your groups are pretty good for a brand new rifle shooting hunting bullets in a big cartridge with no serious load development behind it. Accuracy does not rise from any mential image or goal but from sound expeimentation and it seems you have barely started.
Next, no one can tell you how many rounds it will take to break in your new barrel but it may well be more than you've fired so far. And keep it clean as you go or all you will do is burnish the copper cladding in your bore.
Pick your cases and select the best of the batch you have on hand. Pick a bullet that you think you want to hunt with, then choose a powder that gives the best velocity and start searching for a load that shoots well, or the closest you have to it. Load methodically, start low and move higher in maybe .4 gr. increments until you get good accuracy or reach max, as indicated by your manual or common over pressure signs. When you find a good node, work around it the same way but in smaller increments. If it will shoot at all, you should find where it does. If you don't find a good charge node, or "sweet spot" and get good accuracy, pick a new bullet or powder and start over.
Start at the .030" off the lands and, after you get your best groups, vary that seating depth in maybe .005" changes to find the best "sweet spot".
Then try different primers to see if a change will improve accuracy.
It's work and it takes time to find the best loads, they aren't just chosen from a book or someone else's experience.
Last edited by boomtube; 11-22-2008 at 08:19 PM.