Re: Load Development: Ladder Test
I think so too Jack. Up to now i have been doing it the way described in the link above. But this morning while setting up it hit me. So I ran down to the DG in town and grabbed a posterboard and some sharpie markers. Already had the Direct hit stickies in the console of my ford. Used a tape measure to mark off the squares and a slimjim as a straight edge. Had the whole target outlined, labeled and ready to shoot within 10 minutes. Only waiting around I had to do was 3 minutes between shots.
I already had a half box loaded in old brass with a mid range load. Used that to get the scope set to hit 2 inches right at 200. then cleaned the bore and fired 5 foulers then a 3 minute cool down before starting the test, and 3 minutes between shots. All in all I knew what my load was going to be within an hour. And todays conditions couldnt have been more than ideal. It was dead calm, no mirage, and the high today was just shy of 80 degrees. This test was shot this AM at around 11 or so, the temp was in the low 70's. And every shot felt perfect. i didnt pull a single one and the trigger broke exactly where i wanted the crosshair to be. truly some of my best shooting this year I think.
Rifle was rested on sandbags and we were comfortably seated at my solid bench.
It takes 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 3 for proper trigger squeeze.
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Last edited by JLA; 10-24-2011 at 07:46 PM..