Comparing apples to kumquats. New loads tested finally.

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Comparing apples to kumquats. New loads tested finally.

Post by Laminarman on 4/14/2016, 8:53 pm

Folks have been very helpful to this BEGINNER in this thread:

http://www.bullseyeforum.net/t5523-developing-45-bullseye-load-i-m-beginner-don-t-laugh

I finally got out and shot some test loads with my 5" STI Trojan with trigger job from Brazos and Match Dot on a slide rail.  I used WST powder on all loads and RCBS 3 die carbide set on the Penn Bullets and taper crimped to .970.  However, I used a Redding taper die to .970 on the SNS bullets as I just received it last night. I know the value NOW of a Ransom rest.  This was tiring.  

IT SHOULD ALSO BE NOTED THAT I WEIGHED EACH PENN BULLET AND LOADED ONLY THOSE 203.5 +/-   .1 gr  BUT DID NOT WEIGH THE SNS AS THEY SEEMED ALL VERY CLOSE TO EACH OTHER IN WEIGHT. 

Sorry, these were the only targets I had at the house today. 



10 shots, 4.0 gr WST, Penn bullets 200 LSWC MG, RCBS 3 die set with taper crimp die.  





10 shots, 4.1 gr WST, Penn bullets 200 LSWC MG, RCBS 3 die set with taper crimp die.




10 shots, 4.2 gr WST, Penn bullets 200 LSWC MG, RCBS 3 die set with taper crimp die.




5 shots, 4.0 gr WST, SNS Casting coated bullets 200 LSWC, RCBS 3 die set with REDDING taper crimp die as final set.



5 shots, 4.1 gr WST, SNS Casting coated bullets 200 LSWC, RCBS 3 die set with REDDING taper crimp die as final set.



5 shots, 4.2 gr WST, SNS Casting coated bullets 200 LSWC, RCBS 3 die set with REDDING taper crimp die as final set.


I also shot a 5 shot group each of 4.0, 4.1 and 4.2 with the Penn, but they largely reflected what the 10 shot strings did.  With the Penn the 4.2 load seems tightest.  I just got the Redding die last night so loaded the SNS with those loads specified and used that die.  That's why I'm saying I'm comparing apples to kumquats- I did NOT crimp the Penn bullets the same, I used the RCBS 3rd die.  Is it the bullet?  The taper crimp die?  Variance in shooting?  I'm just not sure.  I don't want to keep testing, I want to load some bullets and practice!  I can say the 4.0 is the easiest shooting load and at 50 yards that SNS, with the largest spread at 2.58" was the best test I had.  My quandary is that the 5 shots with the 4.0 WST and SNS bullet was a very small sample size.  My gut tells to me shoot some strings with the SNS alone.  They seem clean and with the WST it's a joy to shoot.  Wish our club had a ransom rest, would provide more insight, but any insight into what I'm doing wrong is appreciated.

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Post by jglenn21 on 4/14/2016, 9:37 pm

I'd sure load up some more of the 4.0 SNS to give it a real try..

are those SNS 200 the lube style bullet or the solid base

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Post by Laminarman on 4/15/2016, 5:14 am

Solid base. Very clean.

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Post by james r chapman on 4/15/2016, 6:16 am

jglenn21 wrote:I'd sure load up some more of the 4.0 SNS to give it a real try..

are those SNS 200 the lube style bullet or the solid base


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Post by Laminarman on 4/15/2016, 7:53 am

jglenn21 wrote:I'd sure load up some more of the 4.0 SNS to give it a real try..

are those SNS 200 the lube style bullet or the solid base


I think I'll do that for sure.  I'm not sure if it's the bullet or crimp or both.  But if the SNS seems to be the ticket I have 1,000 of them on hand and will use my supply of Penn bullets for practice.  I re-checked, my Penn are target grade, not match grade.  But in any event they vary wildly in weight from 199.5 or so to 206.  Out of about 500 I weighed while watching TV, I got about 75 weighing 203.5.  The rest seemed to be clustered around 202 and 204.  I have no desire to sit and weigh bullets, that's for sure.

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Post by Al on 4/15/2016, 10:02 am

IIRC, our favorite Hawaiian gun plumber mentioned a few years back that there could be up to a 3 grain variance and they would still go into the same 1 1/2" group at 50 yards.

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Post by Laminarman on 4/15/2016, 11:32 am

Al wrote:IIRC, our favorite Hawaiian gun plumber mentioned a few years back that there could be up to a 3 grain variance and they would still go into the same 1 1/2" group at 50 yards.

How's things going Ed?  Miss you at Perry!
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So basically I'm done weighing bullets  Smile

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Post by jglenn21 on 4/15/2016, 11:36 am

well maybe not

http://tonybrong.blogspot.com/2016/03/repost-consistency-product-of-adhearing.html

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Post by james r chapman on 4/15/2016, 12:58 pm

And, it's where the void is in the bullet. Toward the outside causes instability in flight. To the front or rear a much less effect. Save the heavies for best. That's why I like swaged bullets.
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Post by Laminarman on 4/15/2016, 1:57 pm

jglenn21 wrote:well maybe not

http://tonybrong.blogspot.com/2016/03/repost-consistency-product-of-adhearing.html



That was a great read. Thank you.  I can see where this stuff becomes addictive.

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Post by Laminarman on 4/15/2016, 1:59 pm

james r chapman wrote:And, it's where the void is in the bullet. Toward the outside causes instability in flight. To the front or rear a much less effect. Save the heavies for best. That's why I like swaged bullets.

I don't understand.  Are you saying weight variations are from a void?  Makes sense. Mine have some very minor surface variations and some of the bases are irregular.

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Post by james r chapman on 4/15/2016, 3:34 pm

it could be, air pockets, debris, etc.
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Post by DavidR on 4/15/2016, 4:34 pm

what crimp, .970 does not compute. if that was really .470 then id tighten it up some to .468-69 you will get a better burn of the powder.
check out the load  section good wst loads from great shooters listed;
http://www.bullseyeforum.net/t1209-pet-loads-of-top-shooters-loads-from-the-past
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Post by Laminarman on 4/16/2016, 6:37 am

DavidR wrote:what crimp, .970 does not compute. if that was really .470 then id tighten it up some to .468-69 you will get a better burn of the powder.
check out the load  section good wst loads from great shooters listed;
http://www.bullseyeforum.net/t1209-pet-loads-of-top-shooters-loads-from-the-past
 

Oooops.  .470.  I was planning on 3.9 and 4.0 of WST in both .470 and .468 and see if there's a difference.  Thank you.

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