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Re: Off the shelf ammunition
Posted by Ernie Brandt on Saturday, 28 February 2009, at 9:57 p.m., in response to Off the shelf ammunition, posted by Gene Stephens on Saturday, 28 February 2009, at 4:36 p.m.
Get to the range before you ruin your paint. There is no substitute for a good steady rest.
Depending on the condition of the bore of your TD you should be able to get some good groups from a rest. You are correct in assuming that the rifle will shoot "high" at 100 yards. They are "zeroed" at 200 yards. at the factory.
Try to determine the actual diameter of the bullets you are using in your TD. Some "factory" loads are so non-uniform in size (an weight)as to be quite useless. The best size for the average TD is .458-.459. Older/aged barrels will shoot all over the map unless you are using the correct diameter bullets. Try the muzzle fit test with the loads you have now. Insert the bullet into the muzzle to see how far it will go. It should stop just after the taper of the nose. This is not exact science but will give you a good indication as to whether the bullet will "seat" in the grooves or rattle down the bore.
We hand load ALL our loads using sized gas check bullets . I have never found factory loads that perform as well as hand loads. Hand loading your own rounds keeps you busy in the winter & out of the bars. I use a $50.00 press found at a flea market so getting into loading is not really a big expense.
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