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    Load development test range.

    What would a good distance be to test load development. Weather conditions will be calm. Many thanks Neil

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    I test mine at 100yards

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    100m/yds....whatever your preference

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    Ladder testing it is easier to see results at 300+ meters.
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    100 m for me using the OCW testing procedure, then out to longer ranges

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    100 yards to start, but if you plan to shoot at long range, you have to test at long range. If a load ladder tightening up at 100 but not as small as you want, don't give up there. Shoot a few at 200, because some loads don't fully settle down at 100, will shoot a tighter group at 200 than at 100.

    Once I have mine sighted in at 100, a bit high, I shoot a few at 200, then zero it there, or fire a group at the zero ( 150 or 250 ). Then I shoot it at 300 with my hunting load. If I am using a ballistic reticle, or going to be twisting turrets in the field, I test those and verify actual drops and what yardage to which they correspond.

    For a .22 LR or .22 WMR, I zero at 25, shoot to see drops at 50, 75 and 100, then find a zero like 50 yards for the LR or 100 for the WMR, and then shoot at ranges 25 to 150 to record holdovers for the primary ammunition, and some others.
    Last edited by Southern; 28-02-2016 at 17:13.

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