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When working up a load

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by Bowsage, Nov 24, 2011.

  1. Bowsage

    Bowsage New Member

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    Is their a disadvantage in shooting at 15 yds. as opposed to 25yds. when working up a load? Other than more pronounced group spread?
  2. JLA

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    the further out the shooting is, the easier it is to interpret the results.

    At such a close distance EVERYTHIG is liable to shoot into the same hole. Makes it real hard to decide which charge was the most accurate..
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    It's the pronounced group spread that you are looking for, and hoping to delete!
  4. cpttango30

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    What are you loading for?

    The only thing I shoot at 25 or less is my pistols. 21 feet for my 45acp most of the time.

    My centerfire rifles might start out at 50 to get them on paper then it is straight back to 100+ for the real testing.
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  5. steve4102

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    When testing handgun loads, I shoot at 25 yards off a bench and bag. Well, most of the time, the the winter months my gravel pits get snowed in and I have to improvise. Sometimes I can only get to 20 yards.
  6. Bowsage

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    Loading 45 Colt............Thanks I'm moving out to 25
  7. Mosin_Nagant_Fan

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    For pistols and shotgun, unless you live in a mansion or have a REALLY long hallway, 15yrds is the farthest you would want to go. For rifles/carbines, 50+ yards is optimal and best (except if you want/need to train for close quarters encounters).
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    For practical shooting practices and training purposes you are correct. But for accurate load development a little distance is your friend..
  9. Chinook

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    Yeah for sure. For everything rifle that my dad and his friends develop... We shoot @ 200 yds. .45 ACP, I do the same as cptango basically...20-30 ft.
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