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Old January 4, 2013, 09:21 AM   #8
Rimfire5
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Bullets can cause variations in SD, especially in light calibers since many light bullets are too short to touch the rifling in a long chamber an still have any appreciable amount of bullet in the neck.

If the bullet has a short body and has a pretty long tip, it might not have a full caliber equivalent left to fit in the neck if you seat it out to get close to the rifling. Seating such a bullet close to the rifling might could cause variations in the neck seating pressure since there would be a smaller amount of bullet body touching the neck and a greater chance for neck tension related pressure variations. That gets even more exacerabated by a boat tail bullet since the rear boat tail portion won't be touching the neck either.

Neck sizing tension probably can cause more variation in SD than a few 10th of a grain of powder.
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