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Terrible 30-06 Accuracy

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Unread 05-14-2009, 05:25 AM
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Terrible 30-06 Accuracy

I just started reloading yesterday and was wondering if it is possible that my loads are terribly inaccurate?

This is the best group out of 5.



Most of the groups had shots that were close together like in that pic but there was always a shot that went astray, one by 5 inches.

Here are 3 of the cartridges I made.



The loads were exact and the case was the right length, but I do think I messed up on the crimp, I have new ones I am going to try that look a lot better.



Could the little bit much crimp be doing that? That stray hole looks oblong, as if the bullet was not flying true.

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Re: Terrible 30-06 Accuracy

are you feeding a semi auto ?
if not, why are you crimping ?

i don't and never have. how was the rifle shooting before you started loading for it ?
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Re: Powder and stuff

I am using IMR 4064, CCI BR-2 primers and Hornady 150gr SST in an Eddystone Model of 1917 with a very cheap BSA Deerhunter scope. It could be the scope? $79...
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Re: Terrible 30-06 Accuracy

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why are you crimping ?
Because that is what the instructions say to do.
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Re: Terrible 30-06 Accuracy

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how was the rifle shooting before you started loading for it ?
Without the scope, it shot well for a peep sight that starts at 200 yards. I never shot it at 100 yards but once, at 200 yards I would have a 3 inch group.


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Re: Terrible 30-06 Accuracy

I'm with splattermatic on skipping the crimp. If the crimp isn't the same each time or it happens to be uneven around the bullet there's no telling what the result will be. I would also forget there's a cannular on the bullet and seat at a depth (if you can) that doesn't inhibit the capacity of powder in the case.

Is this the first powder you tried? I'm not familiar with loading for a 30-06 but I thought something in the range of (I may be wrong here)IMR4831 was a "go-to" 06 powder.

Has the bore been thoroughly cleaned recently?
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Re: Terrible 30-06 Accuracy

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Is this the first powder you tried? I'm not familiar with loading for a 30-06 but I thought something in the range of (I may be wrong here)IMR4831 was a "go-to" 06 powder.
my hornady book says I can use that powder when I go up in bullet weight. I mainly got this powder because I can also use it with my 30-30.

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Has the bore been thoroughly cleaned recently?
Yeah, I am a gun cleanaholic. :P

I did crimp the other bullets with a very light crimp and it did make a difference. At least I hope that was the problem. all my last shots hit either in a nice group or exactly what I intended.



I am going to try no crimp next, I have 7 of them all ready.

Thanks to you both!
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