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    How much effort do you put into your reloads and what grouping are you satisfied with ? I reload a .243 and a .22br and do like both rifles to be under 1/4" at 100yrds I'm not to bothered on fps and don't do hot loads but do like accuracy.

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    Well I tend to agree with you there - However the round does need to have the legs to do the job it was designed for. I have a 6.5x284 that I use out to 1000yds, it shoots very well at 100- 200yds on a low node but the .4moa at a higher node is needed at the longer ranges.

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    I put lots of effort in and I struggle to get groups of less than .5 MOA at 100yds. This latest effort with the rifle I am trying to sell looks like about 1.5 MOA to me. Regards JCS
    Last edited by jcampbellsmith; 23-05-2013 at 06:59.

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    JCS, I knew you would be lurking around this thread, don't be shy, put the one up you shot at 1,000 yards!!, me........., make this into a well known phrase BARN DOOR, SHOVEL, AT 10 PACES

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    I think the quality of the barrel has a lot to do with the performance of the gun and the reloading fiddling makes little difference for hunting purposes.

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    I put a lot of effort into it, because I actually enjoy reloading. But once I get to 1/2" group I stop fiddling and start shooting.

    I find that more time spent shooting pays dividends with good groups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beretta682 View Post
    I think the quality of the barrel has a lot to do with the performance of the gun and the reloading fiddling makes little difference for hunting purposes.
    don't really agree with that, yes the barrel plays a big part but if you don't get the reloading right you could end up with a 4" or more grouping regardless of barrel, this could lead to your quarry not being shot humanely, I reload for three reasons 1st is accuracy 2nd is I do enjoy it and 3rd is price.

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    The amount of effort varies depending on what it's intended to be used for and through. Although it would be nice to say that every load would shoot into 1/2" if we are honest the chances of finding such a load through something like the Muscat Martini in 303 is very unlikely. The open sights are just too course and of course with it beign well over 100 years old there is wear and even some pitting in the bore.

    So I try to make consistent loads that are also kind to things like this.

    On the other hand one expects much more from a heavy barrelled rifle with 7x50 CSS scope in 6mm Remington.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcampbellsmith View Post
    I put lots of effort in and I struggle to get groups of less than .5 MOA at 100yds. This latest effort with the rifle I am trying to sell looks like about 1.5 MOA to me. Regards JCS
    Are two of those shots free standing or off sticks John? Either way that's good shooting.

    This is 20 consecutive shots at 110yds (off a bench), the black patch is 2cms. Average group size about .33moa


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    depends what you want out of it.

    some reload to reload
    some reload to save money
    some reload for infinite accuracy

    I started to save money, getting smaller than factory groups was a bonus.
    slowly the cancer is spreading and I have actually started weighing powder (yes, its true!)

    If I am honest I don't take the time or care to try and shoot small groups.
    I like to see less than an inch for big bore stuff and smaller for smaller stuff.
    (I have a PCP that shoots calibre x2 size groups at 33 yds! thats a .177" group centre to centre but my .270 likes to ruin that statistic!)

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