How does anyone ever achieve the perfect load?

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  1. 270WinDude

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    I wonder this a lot. It seems like I do not shoot to shoot, it's all load development and learning. I don't think there is an end. Biggest thing I learned in my first year is to keep it simple. Don't start out 15 different bullets and use 15 different powders per bullet. Do 1 bullet at a time methodically. That's almost as hard as learning to shoot good really.
     
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  2. Richard Coody

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    2 things i will add

    there is no perfect load. ask the ppc shooters what it takes to keep their rifles in tune.

    pick a starting powder and bullet and if it doesn't work move on. many waste a barrel trying to make it shoot what they want it to. rifle/barrel will tell you what it likes

    most important have fun. some days everything comes together and some days it all falls apart.
     
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  3. rocketron

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    good advice here. the hard part is knowing to move on sooner rather than later.
     
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  5. One Shot One Thrill

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    Seek out more experienced shooters and ask them most will help you as they have been there. Go to the range to compete or observe scores do not lie. Those that score well may not be the ones that do a lot of posting.
     
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  6. KMart

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    Where is the FUN in finding the perfect load, even if it does exist? Range time would get cut way back.
    Then I may have to do something that involves 4 letter words.....YARD WORK.
     
  7. JimSC

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    I think that describes my experience perfectly
     
  8. Pheasanthunter

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    Just look at all the priceless fun you just had
     
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  9. bsekf

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    If you use the Berger method you find the seating depth first and then find the best powder and charge. So I go to the Nosler book and find the most accurate load and use that for the seating test.

    I want to use a powder that fills the case +90%, but don't want a compressed load. I want to use a bullet that matches the barrel twist. I use the 2 shot group, because the group will never get smaller than the first 2 shots. I look for shots touching and in the same horizontal for 1 grain of powder. ie: 29,29.3 and 29.6 shoot in the same spot on the target. Then I load 5 and test, discover I just shot a pattern and my method sucks!!!!!!
    Bill
     
  10. pirate ammo

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    everyone just admit it "there is no perfect load",theres always another bend in the road with something new to check out,,:rolleyes:
     
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  11. damoncali

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    In any shooting endeavor the trick is to chase the most imoprtant factor. Once that issue is nailed down, move on to the next. When you are tuning a load, the big factors in rough order of importance (mileage may vary - it's an art as much as a science) looks something like this:

    bullet choice
    powder choice
    seating depth
    powder charge
    brass prep/sizing
    primer choice (where this one is in terms of importance is up for debate - I'm sticking it here because it never seems to be *the* problem with a load for my rifles).
    benchrest minutiae (this is a DEEP hole).

    Most shooters just give up on testing bullet choice and powder choice, and use what quickload or eveyrone else tells them to do. This usually works, and it cuts out a huge number of variables. Seating depth and powder charge can be narrowed similarly by starting in areas that other shooters have had success with. By the time you're down to brass prep and sizing, you likely have a pretty good shooting rifle. This is where most people stop.

    The tricky part is that there is some connection between the levels. You can't pick a powder charge and then change your bullet.

    Benchresters take it another level down. Since they're all shooting 6PPCs in very similar rifles, and have been for decades, there is a massive communal store of knowledge as to what works and what doesn't. They can use that experience to get a very good shooter (by our standards), and then play around with other issues, like custom sizing dies, ignition, and other more obscure stuff trying to shave off another 20 thous from their agg. That's the only way such a huge number of combinations could be narrowed down - you can't do it by yourself in a lifetime, let alone one barrel.
     
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  12. fyrewall

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    I gave up on the quest for perfection decades ago. Now, rather to reinvent the wheel, I just duplicate the efforts of others who have more ability, access to more and better facilities and most important, more funds to pursue optimum results. Some stuff is just a given for a certain circumstance - ammunition included. If a bunch of shooters use essentially the same stuff to get great results with very minor differences in performance it would appear that this would be at least a good start and possibly a solution to the entire problem.
     
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  13. pirate ammo

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    you can run down the tiger and grab it by the tail,but then what are you going to do with it,,can't turn it loose, can't keep holding it,,just grab the checkbook and get more,,:rolleyes:
     
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  14. SPJ

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    I have a friend that took his new 6 br loaded 28.5 gr of Varget topped with a 105 A Max @.010 jump
    It shot small.
    He said I'm good !!
     
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    Much depends upon the criteria used to judge the performance. If using group size as the response, more shots are required than if simply looking for minimal impact on changes in point of impact (eg ladder test). Then there are any number of efficient statistical experimental designs which allow you to evaluate a number of variables together to determine the optimum combination of variables such as powder charge and seating depth. For example Tony Boyer shows a method using group size as the response to all combinations of a charge and seating depth matrix to define the optimum combination, which obviously has worked well for him. A main point being a well defined strategy will cost less and provide superior results vs a disjointed hunt and peck approach.
     
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  16. fguffey

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    And I wonder if most of these guys ever get far enough away from the key board to hit the target.

    F. Guffey
     
  17. Downhill

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    Hate to add this but....... when shooting for groups and that damn flier goes out. "Was that the load? Or did I pull the shot? Or did I miss a condition change? Or was I on the rifle differently? Primer inconsistency? Bullet inconsistency? Lunar cycle? Paris Hilton??".
     
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  18. R.Morehouse

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    All The Above..............Except definitely NOT you....;)
     
  19. fguffey

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    http://classic.gunauction.com/search/displayitem.cfm?itemnum=7309186

    I won the bid, I was disappointed in the behavior of the reloading forums because they made a big effort to make them selves look good at the expanse of the seller. I wanted the parts but could not figure how someone could build something that ugly without knowing what he was doing. And; I was concerned the attention could drive the price up.

    Before I went for the sum of the parts I loaded 120 rounds with 12 different cases with different head stamps, I used 12 different loads and I used different bullets. There was nothing I could do about the heat, the rifle got hot in a hurry so I took all day. The groups never opened up, I did not have a flyer, the groups did move (but did not open up) and no group was larger that a quarter, some groups shared the same hole.

    When finished firing the 120 rounds I decided there was nothing I could do to improve the accuracy; I could have changed the speed of the firing pin for no other reason than I like killer firing pins.

    There is no moral to the story with the exception of the critics, the builder knew more about building for accuracy than all of the responders from the different forums. The mount, scope rings and scope cost more than the rifle + shipping.

    Sometimes the effort starts out as determining 'what does the rifle like?' This rifle liked everything I loaded.

    F. Guffey
     
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  20. pirate ammo

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    Guffy, that is one butt ugly gun, I've worked with a few 17 actions and they seemed good,,but the big question is ,,does the gun like you,,
     

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