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Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Washington County PA
The reason for the question is I have tested no less than 12-15 test loads in each of my rifles over the years and have come up with some loads to my liking; however, I now have a lot of different primers setting on the self which have not been used in my pet loads so wondering what to expect if I change the primers only. I have used generally CCI, but have several Win., Rem. and some Federals.
I know the only sure way is test them at the range. I don't think I would have any pressure problems from switching primers, since most of my loads seem to get the best groups below maximum.
I currently tumble, clean the primer pockets, size the brass as needed to be uniform, set the ogive for each bullet and do my best to shoot a good groups. I keep records of everything I do and shoot back to the early seventies in an effort to improve without wasted duplication.
My goal is to get the best 2 possible loads for each rifle. Most of my rifle shooting now is for pleasure and up to 250 yards. As I generally do most of my deer hunting with archery equipment.
I also have a good supply of different brass.
Therefore, I guess I will load up my pet loads with all the proven components and do some experimenting with the components I have left.
Most of my scopes are from the 70-80 and my eyes are from the forties. I just changed my scope on the 222 Rem. 700 from 6 to ten power.
I know there is another area which I can make improvement is trigger pull, I feel most are to heavy for me to shoot my best. I have neck sizing dies for at lease one rifle, but I have not elected to take that challenge on yet. Bedding is another area I haven't dove deeply into.
Welcome any thoughts you might have and have read appreciate the ones above. Thank you.
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