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Tuning a load

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Unread 01-13-2013, 02:57 PM
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Re: Tuning a load

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Tod I wasn't referring to your post but Mikes, sorry for the confusion
SEE...I couldn't even get THAT right!!!!

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    Unread 01-16-2013, 12:21 PM
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    Re: Tuning a load

    So, as an update on progress, I loaded up 20 rounds to finish breaking in the barrel on my 7mmRM. This was my load:

    168 Gr. Berger hunting VLD
    58.5 gr. RE-22 (min. load)
    Federal cases
    WLMR primers
    OAL at SAAMI listed in Berger reloading manual
    Book list velocity at 2701 fps

    I saved the last three shells and shot for a group at 100 yards and this is what I got. What do you guys think? I wasn't really testing a load, just trying to finish working on the barrel, but this load is awfully darn tough to walk away from. Weirdest part is that I didn't do anything to ensure consistency between rounds other than accurately measure powder and using fireformed cases.

    My issue is that I would really like to get a higher velocity, but it is really difficult to walk away from results like that. What would you guys do?
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    Unread 01-16-2013, 01:13 PM
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    Re: Tuning a load

    Go ahead and check out the upper limits, I've gotten loads that gave similar results at the upper end. You can always go back to this load if you don't care for what you see.
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    Unread 01-16-2013, 02:14 PM
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    Re: Tuning a load

    That shows how different loading manuals are!! My Hodgden #26 says 62g is the STARTING load for the 168 and top is 65g.

    That is a great group. I would work up in 1/2 gr incruments till you hit the end. There SHOULD be at least one more accuracy node higher up.

    Another thing you can do....Check that load you already have at longer range and see how the vertical is.
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    Unread 01-16-2013, 05:57 PM
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    Re: Tuning a load

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    What would you guys do?
    I'd pay little mind to 3 holes, log it & develop a load.
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