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Tried a different load today
Aug 11th, 2018 at 3:01am
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I recently picked up some 170 grain, .30 caliber - 'flat nosed', Sierra bullets for reloading .30-30 Winchester.

I decided to give them a try, with some IMR-4831 and RWS primers (that a friend had given me), in a cut-down model 1896 Krag.

The rounds look a bit funny with the 170 grain Sierra bullets seated 'out' for a 3.020" over all cartridge length. But, the rounds fed smoothly from a full magazine and bullets were adequately gripped.

Cases were once fired and 'neck-sized' only using a Lee 'Collet Die' intended for 7.5X55mm Swiss. Cases were worked minimally and no lube was needed.

Powder charge was 44 grains of IMR-4831, which burned very clean.

This was an easy to load, pleasant to shoot, and accurate combination.

Iron sights and 1X Reading Glasses were used. The first group printed low at 50 yards. Moving elevation-slide to 300 yard mark and a minor windage correction, almost centered the group.
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Re: Tried a different load today
Reply #1 - Aug 11th, 2018 at 12:14pm
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Interesting.  Can't wait for the 200 yard line report.
  

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Reply #2 - Aug 11th, 2018 at 3:23pm
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I need to move to the 100 yard Range and get away from the Bench. (The Sportsmen's Club, I belong to doesn't have a 200 yard range).

This 170 grain load was just a fun experiment. Next efforts will be with 180 grain RN projectiles and ultimately a trial of 220 grain loads.

Once I have a good & economical 'go to' target round, I plan to test four full-length Krag rifles to see which one has the most inherent accuracy for Match Shooting.

I am attracted to 162 to 180 grain jacketed-projectiles as an easy way to increase velocity and keep pressures down.

I need to put more effort into plinking and practicing position shooting with 'cast' bullets.

It's just too much fun playing around with parts guns and 'cut-down hunting Krags'. 50 yards is easier on old eyes with iron sights.
  
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Re: Tried a different load today
Reply #3 - Aug 12th, 2018 at 3:40am
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"50 yards is easier on old eyes with iron sights."

HA!  Ain't that the truth,,,,,,
  
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Reply #4 - Aug 12th, 2018 at 1:17pm
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We need to get together again soon and do some shooting Chuck!
  
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Reply #5 - Aug 13th, 2018 at 11:05pm
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Sounds like a plan!
  
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