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    Thumbs down disaster or sorts!

    well i finsihed last weekend making up a batch of 100 rounds in 22/250. followed the Hornady book gr for gr.

    using a 55gr v max with H380.

    my rifle its a weatherby vanguard and shoots very well, usually arround a sub 1 inch group at 100 yrds.

    well i tried a few out last night and discovered that 4/5 shots missed the target. so some zeroing was conducted today and would you believe it i can only achieve a 6inch group at 70yrds with these loads.

    needless to say i will be starting again! and the sad thing is I Dont have a BULLET PULLER!

    moral of the story: only load in small numbers when developing a load for your rifle!

    Doh.

    Skipp.

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    Aye, you'll learn
    Moe..

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    you will get it sorted in the end and it will be worth the trouble

    steve

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    well ive checked a few things and one thing has been shown to be at fault at least! my micrometor is faulty, i have checked how far i am away from the lands using this faulty guage (and a dummy round) and i am some where between 1.81 and 2.1mm away from it. i think the first thing to do is to replace this faulty guage and then maybe show the bullet a little closer to the lands. at 2.1 mm the bullet will need binoculars to find its way out of the chamber! all in all not the best sesion i have ever had. that will also explain the copper swarf on my floorplate!

    skipp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skippy1001 View Post
    well ive checked a few things and one thing has been shown to be at fault at least! my micrometor is faulty, i have checked how far i am away from the lands using this faulty guage (and a dummy round) and i am some where between 1.81 and 2.1mm away from it. i think the first thing to do is to replace this faulty guage and then maybe show the bullet a little closer to the lands. at 2.1 mm the bullet will need binoculars to find its way out of the chamber! all in all not the best sesion i have ever had. that will also explain the copper swarf on my floorplate!

    skipp.
    Yes, best to load up small batches.
    Some rounds like a 'jump' to the lands. The depth should not cause 6 inch groups. H380 and 55gr bullets have worked well in .22-250s for many years. Not sure why you should get such awful grouping.
    If you changed powder 36gr of Varget did well for me too.
    Good luck
    Best, C


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    i am starting to wonder if the barrell might have past its best. i think before i do much more tweaking with the homeloads i will get it checked by a gunsmith and have a quote for a new barrell from border barrells.

    all in all an expensive day.

    thanks for the reply's chaps.

    Skipp.

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    Barrels don't suddenly start delivering 4.5" groups overnight. I guarantee that if you go to one of those blood-sucking UK gunsmiths he will indeed agree your barrel is shot out no matter how good it looks. Forget worrying about your barrel. And don't worry about the seating depth too much, either. That won't deliver 4.5" groups either. A bullet load combo that is incompatible will. What was your charge??~Muir

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    Skippy, Muir makes a good point. Have you checked that nothing has come loose? Scope mounts are still all tight? Action screws? I have shot a poor group, given up in disgust and when I went to remove the moderator, found it wasn't on tight. Regards JCS

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    Gentlemen I have a 270 with short length Norma factories it shoots 6 inch groups when I pulled them and re set the OAL 5mm longer they shoot 1 inch groups so bullet length sometimes will cause 6 inch groups
    AT THE AGE OF 50 I DECIDED I WAS GOING TO GROW OLD F***ING DISGRACEFULLY

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    i have checked that everything is secure and tight, i have also tried a few rounds without the moderator fited and still grouping is a problem with these homeloads. one thing i have not tried yet is my old load that worked well! i will try that this weekend and see if accuracy improves. i have noticed that the bullet heads are not quite perfect to the eye, there seems to be a rais in the jacket on one side where the BT sits in.

    loads of things could be causing this, including my shooting style, so i will start off back to basics with the old rounds and see where to go from there.

    Your right about the gunsmiths! so far i have been quoted 735 and 550 to replace the barrel. i only paid 575 for the rifle 5 years ago!

    So plenty of things to keep me bussy over the weekend, however raising the rifle to an animal will not be one of them, as i carnt in all good consious do that knowing that performance is down.

    thanks for the comments chaps!

    Skipp.

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