I am happy enough with my reloading. I reload mainly hornaday soft point 100gn 243 and Hornaday soft point 30:06 150gn , over H380. I was given an RCBS reloading set up when a pal left the area and have most of the kit, including a tumbler, a case resize lathe thing and all the wee bits and pieces.
I chose this set up to as near the PPU 100 gn i used to use in my 243, i was happy with the results of this and so saw no point in changing.
The results from both calibres are good, i use mid weight powder from the speer manual for both, with no experimentation and get about 1 inch groups at 100mtr all the time. 35 gr with the 243 and 55gr with the 30:06. Another friend taught me to reload and this is what we did that day and this is what i have done eversince. However i know there is much more to it than this and just want a bit more advice.
I dont fully understand the length of round i should be aiming for, based upon the length of the rifle chamber. I know the maximum lengths from the manual, and make every round the same length, as i was tought. Will having this measured and then having the bullet head just touching the rifling make a difference that i will actually notice or make any significant difference. This is just an addition to my hobby, i dont have any desire to be a pro, just another facet to my hobby, like fly tying to an angler and a way of shooting without taking the gun out, i can potter away in my shed, expanding my hobby.
I am not a target shooter, and am actually reasonably happy with the groups. They certainly work. I am just more interested in learning about relaoding at the next level, what improvements can be made and making it all a bit more scientific. Any advice welcome.