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Optimizing Precision And Accuracy From VLD Bullets By Eric Stecker

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Old 12-21-2013, 07:52 AM
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Re: Optimizing Precision And Accuracy From VLD Bullets By Eric Stecker

Originally Posted by farpiece View Post
Just bought a Savage 12 LRP - 260 Remington. I'm planning on reloading with VLD 140g, Lapua brass, H4350, and CCI primers. Think I'm go to go, just need help to determine the best method of measuring COAL. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Oh, new to hand loading so, if I ask stupid questions, please bear with me.
This will do it.
Hornady Lock-N-Load Overall Length Gage Bolt Action

You'll need one of these too.
Hornady Lock-N-Load Overall Length Gage Modified Case 260 Remington

Very quick and easy to get your C.O.L. If Midway is out, you can usually find them locally at Sportsmans, Cabela's or your local gun store.
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Old 09-06-2014, 11:22 PM
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Re: Optimizing Precision And Accuracy From VLD Bullets By Eric Stecker

I so appreciate your responses to the quiz's you get in this forum. Always helpful, even if it comes "after the fact" sometimes, as a reassurance. F. ex. the 4COAL test you mention again, really took so much of the guesswork out of the finetuning I had to do. I shoot a Savage .223 with a 28" Shilen barrel (so I can shoot the 90gr. pills) and a wonderful rifle Kirby Allen built for me in .338AX.
On the latter, I went from what Kirby had used (it was an action he himself had owned/used) - a 300gr. Sierra Matchking - to your 300gr. VLD.
Btw., here is some anecdotal evidence I was told at the range this afternoon: someone had shot a VLD ( I think it was a 190gr.) at a bear (actually two bears at two different times) and the bullet came apart/disintegrated upon impact without penetration. I was too preoccupied to ask more details, which I will if I meet the guys again. Their "take" was that it couldn't penetrate hair (!?) and a couple of inches of fat, but came apart before breaking through into the bear's cavity. I cannot tell you the distance, but the caliber I believe was a .300 Win Mag or .338. I know it's sort of unfair to present you with this info, without the proper details. I want to use the .330/300gr. Elite Hunter myself, for anything from deer, bear to ekl/moose, as I like the idea of having to deal with only one bullet. Anyway, just want to say thanks and look forward to your articles, as well as Brian's.
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Old 12-09-2014, 11:24 PM
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Re: Optimizing Precision And Accuracy From VLD Bullets By Eric Stecker

I just purchased some Berger OTM 250 gr. 338's and I was setting my dummy round up in a 338 RUM by the time I get the bullet deep enough to fit in the magazine. I have very little depth left to play with. Is this how they are designed?
300 WIN MAG STILL TAC 300 Krieger Barrel
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