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Duckhammer_77
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re: Need some reloading help with weird velocities
TOTH - I'm happy with the two loads I've got that show real promise. At the end of the day, it's a hunting gun and I'm moving on with seating depth - but using all brass that's once-fired & chamber-formed.

Thank you all for the insights and help. This is what the OB is for.
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TigerOnThe Hill
Springhill, LA
Member since Sep 2008
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re: Need some reloading help with weird velocities
DH, You're more than welcome. I find handloading to be generally pleasant and satisfying, but sometimes it can also be frustrating until one gets a problem worked out. Case in point: I've been working up a load for a recently acquired Nosler Custom Handgun in 22 Nosler. While impatiently "waiting" for a 22 Nosler seater die from Forster, I've been using the seating die for my 22 BR. I've had some very satisfying groups, but also had some really disappointing groups, as well. I'm hoping USPS will finally deliver the 22 Nosler seating die soon. According to the local post office, "It's been in Shreveport for 3 days. The Shreveport post office's been so busy they've not sent any packages to me in 3 days."


bbvdd
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Member since Jun 2009
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re: Need some reloading help with weird velocities
I’ve been messing around with my 6.5 grendel and have not been too happy with the groupings. 2” at 100” at best.

I just went through and weight the brass after sorting by manufacturers. The hornady brass that I have with it varied between 110 grains and 114.
Pretty big on such a small case. Hoping sorting by weight and manufacturing will help.

TOTH, let us know how you like the 22Nos.
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saintsfan1977
West Monroe, from Cajun country
Member since Jun 2010
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re: Need some reloading help with weird velocities
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2” at 100” at best.

I just went through and weight the brass after sorting by manufacturers. The hornady brass that I have with it varied between 110 grains and 114.
Pretty big on such a small case. Hoping sorting by weight and manufacturing will help.


The most consistent brass will be the expensive ones. Norma, Lapua, Nosler.

Was 2in groups with reloading? Could just be a bad barrel? Or have you gotten better than 2in with factory ammo. I wouldn't weight sort brass as the first thing to try to get under 2in. I would change the bullet or the powder.


bbvdd
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re: Need some reloading help with weird velocities
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Was 2in groups with reloading? Could just be a bad barrel? Or have you gotten better than 2in with factory ammo. I wouldn't weight sort brass as the first thing to try to get under 2in. I would change the bullet or the powder.


Regardless basically. 2” would be fine for deer hunting but I want it to shoot better. My 6.5 cm bolt and AR-10 are both sub 1/2” 100 yd guns.


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saintsfan1977
West Monroe, from Cajun country
Member since Jun 2010
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re: Need some reloading help with weird velocities
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Regardless basically. 2” would be fine for deer hunting but I want it to shoot better. My 6.5 cm bolt and AR-10 are both sub 1/2” 100 yd guns.


Yea it's fine for hunting but like I said I would weight sort brass last. Your barrel might not like that bullet or the bullet doesn't like the powder? Weight sorting brass can only be seen at long distance ie 800-1000yds.


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TigerOnThe Hill
Springhill, LA
Member since Sep 2008
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re: Need some reloading help with weird velocities
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The most consistent brass will be the expensive ones. Norma, Lapua, Nosler.

I really like Lapua and some of it is not really that expensive, especially given it's history of longevity. Instead of weighing brass, I measure case neck concentricity. For deer hunting brass, I cull any cases that vary >0.003". W/ Rem and Winchester, I end up culling approx #20/100. Hornady and Nosler cull about #10/100. For varmint/prairie dog hunting, I cull brass that's >0.002". For Lapua, only about #4/100 are >0.002". I only have Nosler brass for my 260 Remington and the new 22 Nosler (headstamp is Midway "Dogtown", but it's supposedly made by Nosler). While the 260 Rem brass was slightly better than Rem and Win, the Dowgown brass was really good, as none were >0.002". Recently I bought some Starline brass for the 260 and it's really good. I only culled #1/50. There's a new brass maker I recommend for you to consider, Peterson. I bought #100 in 6 BR to convert to 22 BR. Only one was culled, a little better than Lapua.

My opinion: Lapua and Peterson are the best, Norma is more expensive (but supposed to be good), Nosler is good (and based on the 22 N, maybe getting better, but it's generally overpriced) and Starline quality looks very promising.


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TigerOnThe Hill
Springhill, LA
Member since Sep 2008
5594 posts

re: Need some reloading help with weird velocities
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I just went through and weight the brass after sorting by manufacturers.

I never mix headstamps of brass as different brands of brass will usually have different case capacity and different case head thickness. For example, my Peterson 22 BR brass has a case capacity that's 1 grain less than Remington.


bbvdd
Alabama Fan
Memphis, TN
Member since Jun 2009
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re: Need some reloading help with weird velocities
Another to think of that is supposedly on the same level as Lapua and Peterson is Atlas (stamped ADG)

I’ve not tried any but I probably will at some point soon.

Lapua is great. I have 200 pieces of it for my bolt action 6.5cm. I’ve been neck turning it to get the necks on them uniform. Sorting them by weight, I culled 5 pieces out of 200.


TigerOnThe Hill
Springhill, LA
Member since Sep 2008
5594 posts

re: Need some reloading help with weird velocities
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Atlas (stamped ADG)

Yeah, I've heard they make quality brass, they just don't make any in the calibers I use.


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