Its not necessary to swab between shots with BH209
Originally Posted by Tracker12
Bought a can of BH 209 to try. I kind of got mixed results. it loaded well, kept the crud down but my groups were only at 2" at 100 yards. I did not get a chance to experiment with different weight charges so I may not have found the sweet spot. What is your shot routine with this powder. I would shoot swab turn patch swab again them load an shoot.
. Its just one of the great things about the propellent.
I just finished with some extensive testing (I HATE testing)
of bullet loading forces using BH209. There is no significent difference loading the 2nd shot or the 10th shot with the force to move the bullet down the barrel. So when they (Western) or anyone else says that there's no need to swab, they're correct.
There's no way in your post to identify how well you expected the rifle would group or, what you are capable of shooting or, how well you shot with your previous propellent.
Is it the best that your rifle or you can do? What size group were you shooting before? You need to find the time for checking various charges and not just depend on one shooting session.
Here's another little known issue that some shooters may, or may not have when trying something new. It all has to do with the shooter mentally knowing that he/she is doing something different. You've changed something and change isn't easy for the mind to accept readily or quickly at times. You made a change and mentally you knew that while trying something different. I'd give it more time on the range trying to "tweek" your load and you'll get more comfortable with the change.
- The testing that I preformed, was completed with precision force measuring equipment and NOT a bathroom scale, etc. In my profession, I've measured tens of thousands of force measurements, with may different precision tools. It is not as easy as one might think to be accurate.
- Mentally changing things can be hard because of habit. Habit can be related to having done and/or used something in the past and may or may not have had to have been repetative. A simple example of habits and our mental ability to accept and/or change, can be as simple as putting on your pants in the morning. Notice which leg you put in your pants first. Then for the next week, put the opposite leg in first. If you put yourself to this test, be honest and if you even attempt to put the wrong leg in first, don't wear any pants that day.....