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Any advice on working up a load in a handi that seams to like a cold bore?
Lately I do most of my shooting after work. About two hours of light.
There is no point in shooting 10 5 shot groups an hour with this thing.

Any body have a good technique?
 

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If you tell me what powders and bullets you have and what you want to do
with the loads I will give you a starting load suitabel for the Handi. if that is the rifle you are using.

I also need the caliber and the barrel length.
 

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I read somewhere about making a cold bore target page that you repeatedly use for the first shot of a trip to the range.

Basically, one target gets the cold bore shot. Then you shoot groups or whatever on another page. You then use that cold bore target with the first shot on the next trip.

A variation was using the cold bore target as a backer behind a fresh target. Then you won't be trying to manipulate the results by holding over or anything.

As far as finding a good load, doing a ladder test or something, then you will just have to be patient and shoot two long 5 shot groups (over the course of an hour for example). You might have to make 3 trips to the range to get good results. That's life. It took me 4-5 trips to the range to get a good set of loads for my 270 M70. I had 5 promising loads 1/2 grain apart that I tried on one trip. I chose 2 good ones out of those 5 groups. I screwed up getting in a hurry and had to make a second trip with the same 2 loads created again, for a total of 3 trips. I picked one load between the two.

The point is that patience is a virtue with reloading. That and not being interupted when sizing, priming, charging, seating.
 

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Fred,
The main porpose of this rifle is white tail deer out to 200yd.

It is a 7mm-08 22" barrel in synthetic stock.
The "best" factory ammo was reminton 140g core lokt at 2moa.
I have some varget, 140g nosler bt(not my first choice but the local dealer carries them), and cci 200 primers to try.
I also have an assortment of brass to choose from.

I was hoping to come inside the 2" in two or three trips.
This rifle has constantly put the 5th shot WIDE.
 
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