Do you weight sort your boolits ???

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  1. bigbuck

    bigbuck Well-Known Member

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    I am trying to get the beast out of my loads. I was wondering how many of the LR shooters here weight sort their boolits and what standard or rule of thumb should I go by ? I have Shawns reloading video and he mentions how he does it but I was curious how many of you all weight sort.

    I am determined to get some good hits at long range . At this point just to get out to a 1000 and have a nice and tight group would be equivelant to taking a nice buck . YES I have the Long Range Shooting Fever!!gun)

    Thanks for looking...........
     
  2. Mikecr

    Mikecr Well-Known Member

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    I don't
    But if I shot really cheap bullets I might.
     

  3. bigbuck

    bigbuck Well-Known Member

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    I shoot Berger 210's:D
     
  4. MNbogboy

    MNbogboy Well-Known Member

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    I only have used Berger .243, .257 and .264 hunting VLDs in various weights.....I have weight checked all of these and they very seldom found more than a half a grain difference....I do not weight sort them any more...

    I do however length check them and batch sort them for length....base to "bore diameter" lengths are very consistent (plus or minus .002 or there abouts) but lengths may vary up to .015 in a box of 100....I sort these into Plus or minus .004 groups usually getting 3 "piles" per box (throwing out the extreme long and short ones).....However actual seating depths remain very consistent as most of the length difference is out past the seating stem towards the tip.........With a visual inspection looking straight at the tip you often can see that the "hole" in the meplat varies with the length (smaller the hole the longer the bullet).....As a result if you measure COAL the Bergers will be all over the place using the same seater setting....

    As far as accuracy....I have only shot these batches to 600 yards and I see little or no difference in group sizes or POI....

    Berger's manufacturing process results in very consistent weight, consistent ogive profile and base to "ogive" length.....That is the biggest reason in my opinion that they shoot so well.
     
  5. Varmint Hunter

    Varmint Hunter Well-Known Member

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    Weight sort bullets???? Life is too short. I've barely got time to get to get the lawn mowed. LOL :D
     
  6. bigbuck

    bigbuck Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the reply......
     
  7. Trnelson

    Trnelson Well-Known Member

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    I use berger 140 vld huning bullets in my 6.5/06 and 230 otm hybrids in my 30/338. I don't sort my bullets by weight but I do randomly check 10 or so in a box of 100 just to be certain. I do sort them for Bearing surface length and load like bullets. Ymmv
     
  8. rscott5028

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    I normally don't. But, I have on occassion.

    It's not likely to amount to much and there are a lot of details you need to pay attention to before you worry with sorting bullets by weight.

    But, how can it hurt unless you just get burned out before you get around to shooting/practice?

    -- richard
     
  9. bigbuck

    bigbuck Well-Known Member

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    What kind of tool do you use to measure bearing surface length ? I have the Hornady OAL gauge that I install on my calipers . Would this work ?

    Thanks.
     
  10. rscott5028

    rscott5028 Well-Known Member

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    That will do it with some care. But, it's slower than a dial indicator setup such as the Sinclair bullet sorting stand.
    Sinclair Bullet Sorting Stand - Sinclair Intl

    You don't need the whole Sincliar setup if you already have a similar dial indicator and magnetic base. The comparators that go along with it are handy though and will work fine with a regular dial indicator setup.

    -- richard
     
  11. FUBAR

    FUBAR Well-Known Member

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    Yes, and the results are surprising at times. Also trim and point.....
     
  12. D.ID

    D.ID Well-Known Member

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    I sort by bearing surface and then by weight and then if I have even more time to kill I Uniform meplats to. I shoot all my bullets but in sorted batches of bullets fired from sorted batches of brass. There are exceptions to every rule and berger bullets are good enough I just load them in sorted brass and shoot them.
     
  13. Lefty7mmstw

    Lefty7mmstw Well-Known Member

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    nope