Originally Posted by DLFant
I too am working up a load for a Savage 111 LRH 6.5-284 Tested the first loads yesterday 140vld's .020 off the lands over 4831 - 49.5 , 51. & 52.5 the 49.5 averaging only 2724 had the best groups but all had ES over 100. Tried Rem 9 1/2 and Fed 210, I had cleaned the gun before going out. I shot 6 foul shots before starting. All groups were over 1 inch starting with the 49.5 (two groups each primer) both 4 shots with 2 touching and 1 at about 1/2 inch and one over one inch. The rest got bigger as I went. with the 52.5 being 1 1/2" plus and avg of 2910 and starting to show a little exractor marks. I allowed cool down time with each. BTW the gun is a savage 111 with 26 onch barrell and 8 twist. Wind was 5mph and 75 degrees. Not sure what is wrong but was not what I was hoping for.
IMO the problem is that you have just begun the process and are no where near complete for load developement.
100 ES is horrible. Something is not right with loading process on this. There is a pressure spike that is making this occur. Could be inconsistency with seating depth, powder charge, or neck tension. Could be mixed brass, not properly sized etc. Way to many variables unfortunately.
What distance are you testing at? 100 200?
I would probably start with 51.5 to 52 grains and work on seating depth test. You could back off the most accurate charge you had and try seating depth as well. Once you find a good depth work the charge back up.
Most find .075 to .100 is the best seating for the VLD. However, there are too many variables in brass, powder, reloading technigues, etc to say what will work for you. My rifle likes the jump. My buddies 260 is happy at .020 to .050. You will need to test .00, .02x, .05x, .07x, .100 or some combo there of.