Hornady bullet weight inconsistancy issues???

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by JayR, Jun 5, 2013.

  1. JayR

    JayR Active Member

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    I have been shooting Bergers and Noslers for the most part for the past couple years. Both have given me great accuracy and are so consistent in weight, that I don't even weight sort them anymore. I just opened a box of the Hornady 154 gr interbonds and checked about 20 and had weights from 151 to 156, to me that is unacceptable. I had heard of these issues in the past but I thought they had been resolved. Anyone else seeing this?
     
  2. Bart B

    Bart B Well-Known Member

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    Contact Hornady then ask them what their weight tolerance specs are for that bullet. If your's are within specs, such is life. If not, ask Hornady about getting a replacement at no cost to you whatsoever. They may just mail you a free box.
     
  3. Michael Eichele

    Michael Eichele Well-Known Member

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    Check your scale too. I have had nothing but stellar consistency over the years and still do with hornady bullets. That said, I'm talking about amax's, hpbt's and SSTs. Interbonds might be a different animal and I've never loaded/shot any if those. Ive used more hornady bullets in the past 10 years than any other brand combined.
     
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    I worked up a load using 162 Amax for my 7/08. The weights were about a 2 grain variation but the bullet oal was from 1.411- 1.445. When I sorted them by length my groups turned out an avg of .45-.65. I thought the length range was extreme.
     
  5. JayR

    JayR Active Member

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    I emailed Hornady and they said their tolerance's were 153.3-154.7, which seemed surprisingly high. But they were nice and offered to set up a return. Since then, I have weighted all 100, on 2 sets of scales, about 10 were out of spec, a couple were as low as 148. Of the ones that were within their tolerances, another 15 or so were right at it, 143.3 or 154.7. I have been pleased with the consistency of the 130gr .277 Interbond, which is the only Hornady bullet I currently shoot, so this was surprising to me. I think I will just sort this box and then go with a brand I have a little more confidence in.
     
  6. Michael Eichele

    Michael Eichele Well-Known Member

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    I must be 1 lucky guy. I've never seen that much variance with hornady pills. Last night this thread prompted me to check some of my own. I found with the 225 338 cal interbonds, a 0.7 grain extreme spread. With the 208 Amax 30 cals, there was less than 0.2. All but 1 were within 0.1. Granted, I did not go through all 100 in each box. 15 each. While I've never shot the interbonds, I have a few boxes of the 225s.

    I have gotten complacent over the last year or two when it comes to checking bullet consistency. This illustrates why I should start back up.
     
  7. JayR

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    I am the same way. I am just starting to work up a new load for my 7STW and thought I would try the heavier Interbonds. I shoot the .277 130 grainers in my .270WSM and they are very consistent, just weighed about 25 and had a spread of about .5. I thought I remembered hearing about the 154s and them being inconsistent years ago, that's why I started weighing them. But I am not even sure if that's correct. Anyway, I think Hornadys response was fair but I will try these out and just do a little more work in the future.
     
  8. jfseaman

    jfseaman Well-Known Member

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    get some 'static guard' and lightly spray the work area.

    re weight a sample bullet periodically it should always be the same.
     
  9. Truc

    Truc Well-Known Member

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    I heard a story once of a young BR shooter who weighed all his bullets and sorted accordingly. Then an experienced shooter ask him what he was doing and when he told him, the exp. shooter to prove his point took all the bullets and mixed then up and told him to shoot a group. Just as small as before without the work. That exp shooter was Holmer Culver. I won't say who the young shooter it was but it wasn't me but one hell of a gunsmith now.
    with that being said when you stretch them way out there it may a difference but not with that bullet.