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    Testing different brands of ammo

    I've recently been given a selection of .243 ammo from a very generous member on here and was just after the best way to test the selection in one outing to the range. I've only got 7-8 or so of some rounds and up to 20 of others so want to know what people think to get the best results.

    Ive heard some say I'll need to clean the barrel between brands to have a baseline but then will only 7-8 rounds be enough to get an accurate representation between cleans. Also how many to fire in what time frame to keep the barrel cool and let it cool between test?

    My set up is a Tikka T3 lite in a Boyds thumbhole stock with P8 Wildcat.

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    Depends on how often you intend to clean your barrel normally. If you intend to always shoot from clean then this makes it much easier for you to compare the rounds you have as you will just need to clean in between each type.

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    Execute a blind round robin test. Get someone to hand you the rounds one at a time. Shoot from your normal prone position.

    Brand 1 Target 1 - 1 shot
    Brand 2 Target 2 - 1 shot
    ..
    ..
    Brand .. Target .. - 1 shot

    Let the rifle cool, then start again with a second shot of each brand.

    Let the rifle cool and take a final shot with each brand.

    Review the targets and pick the best brand.

    Let the rifle cool and try 3 shots in quick succession with the best brand to confirm your decision.

    Clean the rifle and try the best brand again to confirm your decision.

    Regards

    JCS

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcampbellsmith View Post
    Execute a blind round robin test. Get someone to hand you the rounds one at a time. Shoot from your normal prone position.

    Brand 1 Target 1 - 1 shot
    Brand 2 Target 2 - 1 shot
    ..
    ..
    Brand .. Target .. - 1 shot

    Let the rifle cool, then start again with a second shot of each brand.

    Let the rifle cool and take a final shot with each brand.

    Review the targets and pick the best brand.

    Let the rifle cool and try 3 shots in quick succession with the best brand to confirm your decision.

    Clean the rifle and try the best brand again to confirm your decision.

    Regards

    JCS
    JCS forgive me for being pedantic but surely this method will mean the first group on Target 1 will be the only one with 3 shots from a cold barrel on each round fired? The subsequent two targets will be from an incrementally hotter barrel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tackleberry270 View Post
    JCS forgive me for being pedantic but surely this method will mean the first group on Target 1 will be the only one with 3 shots from a cold barrel on each round fired? The subsequent two targets will be from an incrementally hotter barrel?
    Thanks, you make a good point. Sometimes I shoot targets 1 to say 5 with one round at each, let the rifle cool, then shoot targets 5 to 1 and let the rifle cool again.

    Regards

    JCS

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