Ladder test results

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by gdmoody, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    I finally made it to the range today. A few weeks ago I loaded up some .223 rounds for my Vanguard. I had been shooting 55 grain bullets through it. When I started reading and asking about twist rates I came to the conclusion that I needed a lighter bullet for the 1/12 twist rate barrel.

    I loaded eight different loads using a 40 grain Sierra Blitzking bullet and ranging from 24.3 to 25.7 grains of AA2230 in 2/10s of a grain increments. I fired a few 55 grain bullets through, just to warm the barrel. The first set of three rounds (24.3 grains powder) was about 5 inches high at 100 yards so I adjusted the scope down and continued firing. The rest of the shots were a little high and to the right but I didn't care much where they went, I just wanted groups (I just didn't want them all to be 5 inches high).

    The first group (24.3 grains) was the best one of the day, it measured .566 center to center. The next best was the last (25.7 grains), it measured .709. As you can see from the first picture, a lot of the problem was ME and not the rounds. I think the group with 24.9 grains also has a lot of potential to be the load I will go with since it was the only group with at least 2 holes touching. I will load up a few more with the 24.3, 24.9, and 25.7 and try again with just those three and next time I hope to remember to take my lead sled :rolleyes:!!

    My next ladder test will be with 34 grain Midway Dogtown bullets. I will find a load that the Weatherby likes. That test will probably take me another few weeks.

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  2. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    gettin there eh .. ;)


  3. Gahunter12

    Gahunter12 Active Member

    Jun 29, 2011
    Great shooting there GMoody! Did you have to deal with the high winds today? I know it was windy in Gwinnett Co today while I was working.
  4. The_Rifleman

    The_Rifleman Active Member

    Feb 10, 2010
    I bet it was the rounds. That is what kind of groups you get when the load isn't quite right.

    Good shooting and good luck on the next one!
  5. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    I shoot at a range in Elberton. The wind wasn't very bad yesterday morning while I was shooting. As I was packing up to go home, the wind was picking up quite a bit.
  6. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    Nice shoot George!
  7. American Leader

    American Leader Well-Known Member

    Mar 1, 2011
    Very nice George, look forward to your next test lot. You're really haven some fun, congrats!
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