Re: First batch! Finally got some handloads made!
Woo hoo! They print EXACTLY the same as the handloads that my buddy made up for me that I had left over! I'm SO pumped that they worked as planned!
I went to the range Saturday and warmed up with some .22 plinking to work out the kinks as it's been about 6 weeks since I've been out shooting. Once I felt comfortable with my trigger squeeze and follow-through again I got out the 06.
I had a target at 50 yards and 100. I popped in a handload that my buddy loaded up and shot, dead center (left and right) & a few inches high, perfect. Then I got out one of mine (the blue one in the pic above). Being that I've never reloaded before, I was a little leery that I may have done something wrong so I adjusted the ear plugs and shooting glasses, gritted my teeth and prayed all went well. I touched it off, recovered from the recoil and it hit right beside the first shot! woo hoo! I put in another one of mine and cut the hole from the first! Nice!
Now it's time to move it out to 100 yards. I shot one of the old loads and it was about 3" high but dead center (left and right), exactly where I wanted it. Loaded one of mine and shot, about 2.5" high, and 1.5" right. Hmmmmm Decided to shoot 2 more of the old loads to see how my 3 shot group was and then shoot 2 more of my loads to see how it was.
Touched off the 2 old ones and had a decent group (2-2.5") right where I wanted (I'm not the greatest shot, my gun will definitely shooter better than the guy pulling the trigger can shoot it!) Loaded 2 of the new ones and shot both of them and they were intermingled with the 3 old loads! Seemed my first shot at 100 yards with the new loads was just pulled a little bit by me.
While these might not be stellar results for you guys, for me, I'm pretty happy. I'm sure with a rock solid rest and a better shooter pulling the trigger I'd have sub-MOA groups. With more time and practice, and maybe some load tweaking once I'm postive I'M not the problem, I'm sure I can get it there myself!
Thanks for all your help!
"I suppose it is the way of hunters. We are very odd fellows." ~ Peter Hathaway Capstick