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    2022 LEOSA Qual Today

    Well done, you old jarhead! 🙂
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    Surprise, surprise from a used Marlin X7

    What caliber? My .243 is an excellent shooter, and my friend's 7-08 is a solid MOA rifle. However, I bought a used 7-08 that I couldn't get to shoot well. So, I sold it and bought a Ruger American instead. While not spectacular, it's been at least acceptable.
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    I think it's the scope

    I guess the reticle is shifting, then. I can't think of anything else it could be. Glad you were able to eliminate the problem, tho.
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    What does "accurate rifle" mean to you?

    It's a fair question, Paul. I'm stating the obvious by saying that my expectations are based on ideal conditions, ie. from a bench, no wind, etc. Shooting under field conditions is almost always less than ideal, so caveats apply. On the flip side, the relative size of the target comes into play...
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    I think it's the scope

    Were the mounts tight on your original scope? Almost acts like something was shifting between shots.
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    What does "accurate rifle" mean to you?

    I know we have a good collection of excellent hunters and shooters here, so I want to throw out a completely subjective question for discussion. I'm curious to see what everyone has to say. In your mind, and with your shooting skills, what qualifies as an "accurate rifle" vs. an "average rifle"...
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    Finding the sweet spot

    That's what the next round is for. Those are currently seated at .020 off the lands. I loaded another test at that depth, another batch at .045 off the lands, and a third batch at .070. Hope to shoot them soon.
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    6.5 Creed and 120 Nosler BT

    What do you do for an encore? 🙂
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    Finding the sweet spot

    Dan, you and I are going to have to get together on the range one of these days. 🙂
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    Finding the sweet spot

    Here's a good example of the benefits of reloading, and how quickly the group can tighten up when you find the sweet spot that your rifle likes. In this case, a Browning X-Bolt Medallion in 6.5CM. These 3 groups were part of a load development ladder that I shot yesterday. Bullet is 140gr...
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    Best twist rate for a 308

    My experience with the X-Bolt is pretty limited, so take that with a grain of salt. It's the Medallion edition (walnut stock, etc.), which I call my "old man gun." I haven't hunted with it, just poked holes in paper. That said, it seems to be of good quality and workmanship. I'm playing around...
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    Best twist rate for a 308

    Dan, I'm not a .308 guy, so I have no input on the caliber issues. However, I would highly encourage you to add the Tikka T3x to your list. I bought my son his first deer rifle, but allowed him to research and pick the caliber and rifle (within reason). It's a well-built, fine shooting rifle...
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    Good Range Days for Rol_P and his Tikka T3

    Good stuff!!
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    components coming back

    I lucked out yesterday on a trip to my LGS. They had gotten some powder in, and I managed to get a pound of Varget and 2 lbs of H4350. Wasn't out of either, yet, but a little extra won't hurt.
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    7-08, Win 760 question

    So, I have decided to start with 45.0gr and work up to 47.0gr in .5gr increments. That's starting a little below the min Hodgdon load (45.5gr), but this brass I'm using (Perfecta) seems to be thicker/heavier than my Winchester brass. I'm guessing that internal capacity is less, and I'll probably...
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    7-08, Win 760 question

    Thanks for the info. In this case, I'm going to use some .308 brass that I resized to 7-08. Don't know if that will make a difference or not. What are you referring to as "max pressure?" Sticky bolt, flat primers, etc.
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    7-08, Win 760 question

    Anyone here loading 7mm-08 with Win 760 and 139/140gr bullets? I'm looking to load the 139gr Hornady SST's, and the load data is quite different between Hodgdon and Hornady. Hodgdon lists a range of 45.5-47.0gr with the 139gr Hornady bullet, and Hornady lists 40.1-48.9gr. They both seem to...
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    Looks like I goofed.

    Hey, it's only a tenth of the price of the first one. 🙂
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    Testing 6.5 Creed / 147's

    Remind me: What rifle are you shooting? Well done, BTW.
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    Hornady Bullets

    Are they tarnished? That will make them feel sticky. I've bought bullets that had been sitting in a warehouse for years, and some of them had the green copper tarnish growing on them. A few hours in the tumbler and they looked like new.