Re: Testing loads 100 or 200yds?
I do my load development at 200, everything over the chrono as well. I think you learn more faster at the longer range. I would do 300yrds, but the range that I use is only 200yrds.
I started using the longer range for load development a couple years ago. I had a rifle built, did load development at 100yrds after all the break in shooting was done. Needless to say I was disappointed with the results. The rifle was holding just under 1", and I was expecting better. For what ever reason, I decided to shoot it at 200yrds, it held the same group. The same load held less than 5" at 1000yrds.
My point is, if I had not shot that load at 200yrds, I may have shelved the load.
To hunt... or not to hunt...? What a stupid question.