Originally Posted by lloydsmale
The way i go about a new rilfe is to pick about 5 bullets that will do what i want the gun to do. The bullet is usually the biggest variable in accuracy. I load those 5 bullets with maybe 3 differnt powders in a burn rate that again is good for where i want to end up with. I load 5 rounds of each and go out and shoot those groups. I seat the bullets to the oveal lenght recomended in a manual. If Out of those 15 groups i cant find something that i can live with I pick the two loads that had the best group and then start varying powder charge up and down a grain, try diferent primers and seating depts. Those first 15 groups will usually get a decent group and if it doesnt the gun probably just isnt going to shoot.
So lets see....
5 different bullets
3 different powders
a couple different primers
at least 5 different charge weights with EACH powder/bullet/primer combo.....if you are going to do it right, that is.
AND...AND you are going to mess with seating depths!!!
I see about a hundred groups....BEFORE you start messing with seating depths!!!
I'll save you some time.
First...pick the caliber.
Second pick ONE bullet that will best suit your needs. it will help you if you ask people here about "which bullit"....even though it has been asked a million times.
Third, pick the brains of the people here on this website who shoot your chosen bullet/caliber combo about which powder/primer/ combo that they use.
Forth...forget the manual when it comes to seating depth.....measure your chamber, and if you have one and are going to use it, measure your mag length...and start twenty thou in..or out...or where ever you wish. Load up four or five different charge weights and test.
With every gun I load for I find two things...where max loads are with this perticular rifle, and where the accuracy nodes are. I keep going up till I see PSI signs...only then will you know!!! If that takes several more rounds down the tube, i am good with that.