This morning I finally had a chance to try out my reloads using my DL1 bullets imported from France. As far as I or the seller know, no-one has ever loaded these in 7mm-08, and certainly not in the UK. And below are the results, using N-140 powder. If we discount the horrendous flyer in the top RH corner, essentially there's nothing amazing going in here, although the first load at 38.1gr is a 1" group, and fine for stalking. Certainly there's no improvement in accuracy with a higher charge. As I now know, since the test of my FMJ reloads, that the rifle and I can do better than this (see the two targets side by side for comparison), I think the cartridges are probably mostly to blame. These are no worse than various factory loads I've used, and the 38.1gr one is absolutely fine. And so I'm going to stick with that. I daresay I could improve it by trying different powders, but I feel no inclination to do that for now, I'm done with developing loads for this rifle until I have the urge again. Now I'd like to do some proper shooting with the FMJs and some stalking with the DL1s!
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