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I encountered something this evening that made me sit back and scratch my head.

While loading a batch of .309JDJ loads to take to the range tomorrow, I ran out of my first box of 150gr Nosler BT's, and opened another. Upon seating the first two, the overall length was 0.010" longer. A couple more, the same thing. Surely my micrometer seater die couldn't have moved.

So, I pulled one bullet from the original lot, and compared with the new box. Sure enough, ~0.010 longer in the new box, consistently. Is this to be expected? So, I adjusted the seating depth, and continued.

I am very picky about my loads -- make all my brass the same length, and measure every powder drop and OAL after seating. With this particular load, I am within 0.005 of the lands - where this barrel has it's sweet spot for this load. If I had not noticed the difference in OAL, I would have been into the lands and a possible dangerous pressure situation with near-max loads.

Anybody experience this? I now have a new section in my log book especially for bullet length. I will post any range results tomorrow.


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Difference in bullet dimensions between lot

Like GB says, they vary from bullet to bullet, much less lot to lot! I useta get all bent outta shape because my handloads for LR matches would vary so much until I started comparing bullet ogives. Well, no foolin! If there's 30 different contours in each box of bullets, you'll get 30 different seating depths.

Then I got all bent about segregating bullets per their shape until I noticed that the mixed ones shot exactly the same scores as the segregated ones. Same story with weighing and segregating brass, to a greater or lesser degree.

Now I practice holding and squeezing instead and let the ammo take care of itself.

Too late smart, too soon old.
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