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#342449 - 08/14/07 08:50 PM 204 reload ?
Encore Eye Candy
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I already asked some questions but hear is another. I'm about to load my first (I mean my first loads ever) for my 204. How many of each loads from powder to OAL do you prepare of each do you take to the range to test. Any input would be greatful.
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#342494 - 08/14/07 09:11 PM Re: 204 reload ? [Re: Encore Eye Candy]
.444 Marlin
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I buy factory ammo to get sighted in with then use that brass in either 4 different tests of 5rnds or 2 of 10rnds.

Edited by 444marlin (08/14/07 09:12 PM)
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#342678 - 08/14/07 10:09 PM Re: 204 reload ? [Re: .444 Marlin]
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Have varied from this in the past but 10 rounds of starting loads to sight in zero scope,then at least 5 rounds each load there after.
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#344074 - 08/15/07 03:47 PM Re: 204 reload ? [Re: Tiny]
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I only load three of each range. That tells me enough to see whether I want to go further without wasting a lot of time, powder, and bullets. A bad three shot group is going to be a bad five shot group. A good three shot group isn't always a good five shot group.
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#344151 - 08/15/07 04:24 PM Re: 204 reload ? [Re: ]
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I load 10 each,from a clean bbl and shoot 1 fouler and 3 3 shot groups,and average the 3,,

I have shot 3 fliers in a row for a group in the .2`s that is unrepeatable,,I don`t trust 3 shots enough to make me want to load 100.
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#344324 - 08/15/07 05:33 PM Re: 204 reload ? [Re: mr.big]
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I load several sets of three then find the group I want. When I settle on a load I go back and load 10 and shoot them. When I'm satisfied with the ten I finalize my load and write it into my load book. I usually try three or four powders, depending on what I have on hand.
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#344425 - 08/15/07 06:43 PM Re: 204 reload ? [Re: Cull Buck Hunter]
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Thanks for the info. I've post a picture of my Encores, the 2nd is the 204.

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#345277 - 08/16/07 03:16 AM Re: 204 reload ? [Re: Encore Eye Candy]
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cull buck hunter,,loose the Barnes bullets and you wont have to waste soo much powder
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#345456 - 08/16/07 08:11 AM Re: 204 reload ? [Re: mr.big]
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 Originally Posted By: mr.big
cull buck hunter,,loose the Barnes bullets and you wont have to waste soo much powder


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#346168 - 08/16/07 02:35 PM Re: 204 reload ? [Re: TiminTN]
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Its not a waste of powder when you only need one shot to kill. The TSX's are the most accurate hunting bullets I have ever tried in a 30 caliber, on the others they are at least equal in accuracy, but the real selling point is the job they do one deer, hogs and coyotes.

Edited by Cull Buck Hunter (08/16/07 02:35 PM)
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