R&D at the range today

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    not sure if this should be here, or in reloading?
    mods fee free to relocate to better suited spot.

    after fitting the Bell & Carlson varmint stock to my Howa, I put a few groups through it at the range the other week.
    I was getting a 1/2" group, then a 1" group, then 1/2" group etc.
    at that point I was sure it wasn't just my bad luck, so that following weekend, I bedded the B&C stock and action, rather than just relying
    on the alloy bedding block in the stock.
    went back to the range today to try it now bedded.
    winds were low & there was plenty of space at the range (sweet).

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    as you can see, these stocks ride the bags fairly well, with no foreseen flex anywhere, giving a good start for good shooting.
    in between the slight breezes I continued to sight it in again (didn't take much), straight away happy how it was tracking true now.
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    so now it is a stable shooter.
    time to test another load I've worked on.
    this being;
    powder = BM2
    charge = 35gr
    case = Nosler custom brass
    primer = Winchester LR standard (yeah I know, there's better around, but that's what I got atm)
    projectile = nosler b-tips
    weight = 50gr
    speed = 3810 (average)
    pressure = mild to mid.(quite satisfactory)
    overall case length = 65.5mm (this bullet is only seated into the neck by about 2.5mm to 3mm)

    anyway, I put down a few groups, and bugger me, she's a winner.
    below are 3 shot groups @ 100m. at first I was thinking I was just getting lucky, but all groups from there on were consistently between 0.3 to 0.5 inches.
    edit; just 2 clicks to the left, ............and we're good.
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    so,....the stock is so much better than I thought it to be, and has allowed me to extract more performance out of my "go-to" varmint/small ferals gun.
    best thing you can do with your howa.
    its a good weight too. heavy enough to rest well, yet not too cumbersome to use in a car or hunt with.
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    if you do get a B&C for your Howa, spend the extra time on bedding it anyway.
    in this case it did seem to help a little bit.
    that's all for now.
    now loading some more up. next time should see some more varmints turning to red mist.
    happy days.

  • #2
    So , was it the bedding or new load that made the difference?




    • #3
      I put down some previous loads earlier today and they were consistent.
      its just that by going up a whole grain with this load, now its still consistent, but slightly smaller groups (and faster )