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VLD seating depth poll

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Unread 05-10-2012, 02:46 PM
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Re: VLD seating depth poll

My Savage LRP in .260 hates the 140 VLDs at the lands. I found .020 works for me.
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Unread 05-25-2012, 02:36 AM
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Re: VLD seating depth poll

Ok I wanted to share some results of the berger sorting technique video I posted: Let me give you the finer details first.

Rifle; Custom built .284 Win, Defiance Action, Schneider 28" 3 taper fluted 1:9 twist, reamed for neck turned necked up Lapua brass, Jewell Trigger 1.5 lb, Grey Bull bedded stock., Near base and Rings, GreyBull/ Leupold scope, PTG bottom metal.

Load: necked turned Lapua brass. .001 neck tension, Wolf Large primers, 51.4 gr R17, Berger 180 VLD hunting bullets sorted by seating depth. I am getting 2848 fps. In the video I mention that my rifle like them seated .010 in the lands. I subsequently discovered that it actually much prefers then .010 off the lands:

Here is the results: Target is a 50 yard target 1/2" rings. The 6 round group was taken at 302 yards. This makes my rifle approx. 1/4 MOA accuracy

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Again here is the sorting technique;

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Unread 05-25-2012, 04:54 AM
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Re: VLD seating depth poll

Looks good
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Unread 05-26-2012, 12:51 PM
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Re: VLD seating depth poll

In my Savage 16 in 7mm 08 I have found a .008" jam seems to work the best. Tried out to .090 jump and I think my Citori would group better, but jammed she shoots quite well.
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Unread 06-11-2012, 08:22 PM
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Re: VLD seating depth poll

Most recently, 6.5-06 AI.
130 gr Berger, 59.2 H1000, Federal 210M primer, lapua brass, 2930 fps, Jump to lands was higher than I expected at .150

Less than .5 moa repeatable and 1st cold clean shot dead on. Sweet!!!
“When a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty to throw off such governments. …” Jefferson

We are very close to this point now.
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Unread 06-15-2012, 11:11 PM
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Re: VLD seating depth poll

These are all hunting rifles with hunting triggers and the hunting VLDs....All of these rifles except the Rem will occasional shoot ragged one-holers, but my records show these as average scenarios.....
.243 Win on Stevens 200
87gr .020 off factory savage 22" bbl .50 ave @ 100 yds
95gr .015 off same as above .68 ave (limited load development)

25-06 Rem 700
115 .120 off fact. 24" .75 and up doesn't seem to like them much
25-06 Sav 110
115 .025 off ER Shaw 24" sporter 10 twist .68 and better
25-06 Sav 110
115 .005 jam Douglas 26" varmint 10 twist .5s or less
115 .120 off same Douglas .4s and occasional .3s

.260 rem on Sav 110
130 .010 off Shilen 26" 8 twist varmint .4s or less
.260 rem on Stevens 200
130 .015 off Shaw 9 twist sporter 24" .6s and some .4s are common
.260 rem on Sav 110
130 .025 off 2ND Shaw 9 twist 24" sporter .5s with occasional .4s and .3s

All of above .260s (my pet go to load 45.9 gr H4831sc at 2820/2795/2805 respectively top to bottom) 130gr VLD .020/.015/.010 off FL sized Common to above .260s all three often less than .5 with the same load...This load took a whule to get there but was intended to be used with all three rifles....

The Bergers are pretty new to me and the jury is still out with me on their effectiveness on game....With only a handful of kills (6 lopes/5 mule deer/6 whitetails) with these bullets I am not ready to make my judgment yet....But one thing for sure they shoot great....
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Unread 06-17-2012, 05:01 PM
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Re: VLD seating depth poll

Remington Sendero 7mm rem mag, 180 bergers 0.05 off the lands is cutting holes at 200 yards!
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