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Load development

03 Oct 2023
@ 09:41 pm (GMT)

Dustin Kerr

Very quick question cause I can't find in Nathan's books where.
At what distance do you do load development at?
I have access to a range at 50 yards but struggle for 100yrds. This weekend I'm going too have a better look around the farm ti set up a proper range.


04 Oct 2023
@ 06:18 am (GMT)

Scott Struif

Re: Load development
Hi Dustin. See the post below entitled “ Sighting in at 50 yards.”
05 Oct 2023
@ 11:45 am (GMT)

Ed Sybert

Re: Load development
There's nothing "magic" about shooting at 100 yards. You can conduct your preliminary load development at 50 yards if that's what you have available. Once you've selected a load that is at or near your (safe) velocity goal and appears to group very well; its a good idea to test that load at longer ranges. Ideally you should look for a place with a safe back-stop that is near or somewhat beyond the distance you expect to see game. Re-test your best load(s) at that range, using your best field shooting technique, per Nathan's book. Good shooting, Ed5tx
05 Oct 2023
@ 12:38 pm (GMT)

John Hodgson

Re: Load development
Yes, I do all my rifle load dev on a pistol range at 47.5m where I can sit at a table under a pole barn style roof with a bit of weather protection. Its not so far to walk to record shot details but I can still easily log 10k steps in a few hours work. When I've found/validated my load I zero the scope at about 1.5" above POA and then field test on steel plates at 100 and 200m. I have some 6in plates rated for 308 at 100m plus I bought from Serious Shooters for not a lot. Paint them in Yellow or orange day-glo spray, hang them on my friendly Cocky's fence with a steep hill behind, and tuck a large sheet of corrugated cardboard between top and bottom fence wires with a electric fence standard up against each end. Voila! An impromptu portable range set up you can take anywhere you have permission. And it does not offend against current range rules as you take it all with you when you leave. The steel plate gives nice feedback of a hit and the cardboard registers where you are missing- so every one of those expensive shots contributes to your end result. In my truck I take a pair of wire strainers and pliers - I've only manage to cut a fence wire twice lol. I'm sure there are better ways than risking the Cocky's fence but that system works well for me. One day I'll put together a light weight portable frame to hold both steel plates and cardboard.


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