Seating Depth

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by ORgunner, May 22, 2018.


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  1. ORgunner

    ORgunner Active Member

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    I have recently picked back up reloading and have decided to get more serious about it and came across the video on finding the lands. Has anyone used this method successfully and consistently? I tried it and it seems pretty straight forward.

     
  2. dok7mm

    dok7mm Well-Known Member

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    Absolutely the most accurate, in my opinion. Check out Alex's video for setting up proper headspace, also.
     
  3. Canadian Bushman

    Canadian Bushman Well-Known Member

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    Yes. Its a good method. A bit time consuming and requires you to learn the feel of the bolt ,but works very well.
     
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    ShtrRdy Well-Known Member

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    Looks like a good approach to me.
     
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    elf Well-Known Member

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    To do this properly, you must have a tool that will dissasemble the bolt, and each action requires a different tool. Brownells has most of the tools.
     
  6. ORgunner

    ORgunner Active Member

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    The tikka bolt is pretty simple. All you need is a punch set and a small flat head. I haven't tried any other rifles so cant speak on those. I also think that following this other video first is a must before using the above method i posted on. Seems if your brass isn't sized to the same dimensions it will affect the land measurement. I am really just refining my processes and discovery learning as I go. Great, another expensive hobby.

     
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  7. Remmy700

    Remmy700 Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    I have used this method several times. However, I did a little test to see how close using this method is to using a hornady OAL and comparator set and out of 5 measurements each using both methods I found that the difference was to within .0015 of each other. Now there is a learning curve to using the OAL hornady set also when learning how hard to insert bullet to/into lands but once you do it a few times it becomes very easy. I think this is the ticket for those wildcat calibers where stuff like modified cases are not produced unless producing your own.
     
  8. ORgunner

    ORgunner Active Member

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    Yeah I agree. I would like to compare the two, but I don’t have the oal guage. I did the method on a Tikka 7RM. Would love to hear what others are measuring for this rifle bullet combo.
     
  9. ORgunner

    ORgunner Active Member

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    So just finished remeasuring my lands after sizing my brass for headspace and it seems like the measurement I am getting for CTBO is really short and the OAL is short as well.
    We are talking like 2.620 CTBO for land contact and 3.249 OAL. Does this seem too short? Perhaps just the bullet profile?

    I did the same method for the Barnes 140 TTSX's and they were much more respectable coming in at CTBO 2.745 to lands and OAL of 3.298.
     
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  10. dok7mm

    dok7mm Well-Known Member

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    It will vary, depending on your freebore. Also on different bullet shapes. The cbto is most important. There is fairly large oal variance in bullets. Not a big thing unless magazine length too short. Double check your measurements and record it.