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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-05-2016, 10:12 PM Thread Starter
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Handloading for accuracy

I have been loading my own shells for a while now. Initially, I was interested in wringing max velocity from my loads as long as I got acceptable accuracy.
The older I get now, velocity is not nearly as important to me, especially when hunting at home in PA. I just never shoot over 100 yards and as long as you place your bullet properly, it just doesn't take much to cleanly harvest game.

So now I am focusing far more on wringing the utmost accuracy that I can from my loads.
I am interested in hearing some tactics and techniques from everyone that they do to get the most accuracy they can from their loads.

All suggestions appreciated, no matter how small it may seem. Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-05-2016, 11:06 PM
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Re: Handloading for accuracy

I strive for both. I certainly don't want my 300 Win mag clocking like a 3006.
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-06-2016, 07:30 AM
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Re: Handloading for accuracy

Buy this book, you will not regret it:

Handloading for Competition by Glen Zediker

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Kudu 58,
I've done this for years and what works today may change the next !
All i have are factory guns,no custom $6000 ones,so all you can do is play and try [IMHO].

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I strongly recommend this book:


Out of print and pricy but still one of the best and covers things in simple terms...
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-06-2016, 10:57 AM
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Get yourself a straight line bullet seated for your big useage cartridges !
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-06-2016, 11:19 AM
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Re: Handloading for accuracy

i would say check out the nosler forum, between reading the nosler & one other loading manual then going on their forum for the fine tuning tips, i have developed some good loads, not nearly as good as some people but for non-competition they are just fine
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-29-2016, 11:49 PM
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FL bushing dies and Competition seaters will make better, more accurate (read straighter ) ammo. Also...Anything you do to uniform things is a move toward tighter groups. Watch these https://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylc...p=mss&ei=UTF-8

David Tubb videos when you get a chance. Pretty straight forward.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-31-2016, 01:06 PM
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I believe the books mentioned are great tools for improving accuracy, read as much as you can and listen closely to both novice reloaders and experienced reloaders. There are so many things that can contribute to accuracy it's almost unbelievable. Some can be applicable and some is a waste of time, it really depends on the application. 1000 Yard benchrest; weighing primers, bullets, cases all can improve accuracy, 500 yards and under it can make a difference but not as noticeable as it will at a 1000, Point Blank benchrest, it seems guys aren't as particular of their powder charge weights just more so they're all the same. Hunting rifles, Primers can certainly make a difference but case weight would be a waste of time. Probably the single biggest contributor to accuracy is CONSISTANCY, both in your reloads and shooting technique. Do everything the same all the time every time. If your using Remington brass, use only Remington, don't mix in Winchester and Lapua. If you're free recoiling one shot, don't hold the gun tight the next shot. And no matter what Never Pull the trigger, it should scare you everytime it goes off, if it doesn't you're flinching! Having confidence in your equipment and ammo is a huge asset during load development. It will help you from second guessing a bad group.
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