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VLD seating depth poll

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Unread 05-07-2012, 02:26 PM
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Re: VLD seating depth poll

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7 mag, 168 VLD, .040 off.
270 win. 140 VLD , jam. ( lightly)

7 mag accuracy .25 at 200
270 accuracy, .3's at 100, .7's at 200.
7 mag is MORE accurate at 200 and beyond with this bullet.

Just wondering what (Lightly) into the lands ment. I am just now loading 140 Bergers. I haven't started playing with seating depths, but I am found my charge, so before, I just wanted to have an idea of what worked for you exactly
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    Unread 05-07-2012, 02:59 PM
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    Re: VLD seating depth poll

    Put that bullet in a dummy case, with no primer or powder, burnish it well with a piece of 0000 wool - start with seater die high, keep moving down until land engraving barely touches the jacket. You should be able to just barely see several lands touching. Measure with a comparator and record that setting. From there you can jump or jam. Read this:

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    Re: VLD seating depth poll

    7WSM 180 gr hunting
    270 WSM 150 gr hunting
    6.5 X 284 140 gr hunting

    All like/shoot best touching the lands

    6BR 105 gr target match

    Like's .010 jammed
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    I dont understand when lots of people post about VLD s being finicky to find a seating depth. I gave up on testing seatings depths of the berger VLDs a while ago. I load all 130,140gn 6.5VLDs, 168 and 180gn 7mm VLDs (in 284 and 7mm/300WSM) at .015" jam and the 105gn VLDs at .010" jam. Back when I was experimenting a bit, I came up with these numbers and they are what I have stuck with in 7-8 different barrels used strictly for F Class competition at 300-1000yds (and sometimes longer).
    Yes, if the throat started to wear, they wouldnt group very well, until I seated them back into the lands more.
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    Re: VLD seating depth poll

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    I dont understand when lots of people post about VLD s being finicky to find a seating depth. I gave up on testing seatings depths of the berger VLDs a while ago.
    But do you have basis for jammed as being best?
    It sure sounds like an assumption.. After all, you don't even test it. You gave up on it. Right?
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    Mike. I didnt bother doing much testing once these barrels were able to hold very very good elevation at long range, with most of these barrels getting very high X counts when I steer them right and get the powder charge right. Most of these barrels have shot X ring possibles or close to it. On some previous occaisions when experimenting with a throating reamer, or trying to clean up a slightly eroded throat, I did experiment with various jumps. I got one 284 to group fairly well at .100" jump, but couldnt get any quite as accurate as jammed. Also, in the limited testing of jumped VLDs, I found I had to experiement with various jumps, while when jammed, .015" jam always worked well.
    I have recently played with jumped VLDs and Hybrids in my 6.5WSSM due to a too long throat, but gave up after trying out to .120" jump.
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    Re: VLD seating depth poll

    I have a 300 WSM that likes 210s and 230 Hybrids jammed .005. I tried several depths and .050 jump was dang good, but the sweet spot is .005 in the lands.

    My 7mm Rem likes both 168s and 180s touching the lands.
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