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K*lly Timoffee said: I am going to try some 168 VLD's in my 7mm-08 for a long range target load. What are others finding that the VLD's respond best to?
st*bblejumper said: My 6.5x47L prefers the VLDs jammed.
St*veB said: Try a test series that runs from way jammed to at least .080" jump. I have one rifle that prefers jammed and one that prefers a huge jump with the same caliber and load. Steve
*agleye said: In three rifles that I am using Berger VLD bullets in, they all prefer them jammed. Eagleye.
cr*zy_davey said: I have only loaded VLD's for two different rifles but both preferred jammed.
B*dweiser360 said: Mine prefer's to be jumped slightly, about .004" in this case. Have gotten decent results with a .010" and .020" jam but the small jump seemed to work best.
K*lly Timoffee said: Well I think what I will try is +.020 , +010, 0.00 , -0.010 , -0.020. There should be a group somewhere in those distances. Berger also recommends into the lands.
St*veB said: Try going out to a further jump to about .080" You might be surprised.
Myst*c Precision said: Adjusting powder charge in very small increments accomplishes the same thing. I prefer to be off the lands just in case I need to extract the ammo Almost all my VLD's are shot 10thou off the lands - I don't play with seating depths prefering to tune using powder. If you change your seating depth but keep your powder charge constant, you are effectively changing the pressure curve of the ammo. Same thing as tweaking the powder charge. Seems to work just fine. If you are loading from the mag, that will determine your OAL. Jerry
K*lly Timoffee said: Well I think I'll see what groups best out of the depth's I have then once I see a pattern I'll teak the powder as Jerry is suggesting, I have a long throat in that rifle, 0.080 off the lands to me will be like putting a marble down a funnel.
K*lly Timoffee said: Well to my surprise the best results were at my starting point of 0.020" OFF the lands, as I progressed closer to the lands the groups opened up.Not at all what I expected. Four shots touching and one 1/4" off.I will stick with this depth and tweak the charge a little and hopefully get a nice sweet spot. Fail moment today was when I returned home and was going to remove my targets so I could record and measure, they blew off of my target board in the back of the truck!!:eek:
t*mmy204 said: Seems like it all depends on the gun, my 7 saum prefers them just off the lands also.
K*lly Timoffee said: Here is the targets from today's test. After finding what amount of jump they liked I played with a few variations in charge. All are 5 shots @ 100 yards. 0.020" of the lands, powder was H4350. Think the key now is gonna be shooter practice.I will load up the 42.5 grain charge and get to the range. http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb405/KellyTimoffee/0016.jpg http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb405/KellyTimoffee/0017.jpg