Question on bullet weight consistency

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by JayR, Apr 11, 2011.

  1. JayR

    JayR Active Member

    Oct 20, 2010
    I have just gone through and weighed and sorted about half a box of 139g SST's, they weighed from 138.2 to 141.1g. Does that seem like large spread? When I have weighed barnes and noslers, I thought I remembered less than a grain difference, I was thinking clser to .5 grain. How much would a 2 grain difference affect consistency?
  2. Buffalobob

    Buffalobob Well-Known Member

    Jun 12, 2001
    You have at least a 1% variation. However the 139 SST is not a long range bullet so it probably is not going to affect much for the ranges you will be shooting.
  3. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

    Jul 29, 2004
    At one time or another most all bullets will weigh slightly different from each other so for
    precision shooting at long distances weight sorting bullets is a good idea.

    If they have more than 1/2 a grain spread I use them for close range or fouling shots.

    For 1000 yard matches I sorted enough to make the match with them all weighting the same.

    A 3 grain spread is unacceptable as far as I am concerned even for fire forming.

    There are better bullets than that and I would discontinue using them and find a better quality
    bullet for all shooting.

  4. rscott5028

    rscott5028 Well-Known Member

    Apr 18, 2010
    I may be all wet. (again) but...

    As I see it, a 139g bullet with a .284 dia and a .486 BC must have a SD=0.2462 and a form factor=.5066.

    If the form factor remains constant and you vary the weight from 138.2 to 141.1, then the BC would vary from .483 to .493.

    If all of those assumptions and calculations were true, then the 138g bullet fired @ 2900 fps will drop ~325" at 1k vs ~320" for the 141g bullet.

    Hence, a 5" vertical spread from change in mass alone.

    Other factors such as MV and form factor may not remain constant. So, that whole line of reasoning may be flawed.

    -- richard
  5. WV Sendero

    WV Sendero Well-Known Member

    Jan 9, 2011
    I agree with what others have said. Close range it won't matter much but for long range your spread should be closer. I would shoot those up and find a better bullet.