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Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: North central,Pa.-but not home !
Re: Do you load fresh shells for each season?
I use to load up stock of what worked for my guns.I put a date, for which rifle and the load data.
I decided to take my Rem-700-308,for a walk in the woods.I had a box and a half of shells, I loaded up 10,to round off a box. I took the 5 fresh ones out of the box and went to the range and these shot right on.I shot a 5 shot group and put the other 5 into the box and went home. The 5 fresh ones had a little shine to them.
Went on a hunt the first Saturday of the 2012 season.Sat on a ridge were they had taken some timber from in the hollow.I saw a really good buck crossing in front of me at 75 plus yards. Wait! Wait! And then a good shot. Bang!!! It didn't jump nor run? It just kept walking. I fired 2 more and it never ran ,just walked away. The last shot i saw a puff of leaves under him!
Now that ruined my day,so i went home. The next day,Sunday,i took the gun to the range to try to see what happened.Maybe scope died or screws came loose. The gun is still fouled from the day before. I load up 3 of the old shells,from a loading of 2 years before.
I'll shorten this up.
They missed the paper,put in fresh loads and these were dead on. It was the old shells. Took all fresh ones ,the last day of buck,same spot,dead buck,one shot. Never saved shells from then on? Turns out it is or was something called "Cold Welding".