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Old October 28, 2012, 11:36 AM   #17
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I have been using the .311" 180 gr pro hunter Sierra bullet #2310 for 10 years.
I seat the bullet long, half way between just touching the lands and getting stuck in the lands.
I work up with 4895 until the bolt gets hard to lift.
I then back off ~6% powder charge.
That is my load.
~~ 49 gr makes ~ 2875 fps

I have seen someone else with his 91/30 and that bullet jammed into the lands get 5 shots under an inch at 100 yards.

But if I do everything right with scope mount, welded bolt handle, glass bedding, pillar bedding, Lapua brass, trigger job, benchrest, etc, I get 1.5" for 3 shots typically.

With some of my rifles I can get 5 shots under half an inch, but those are with heavy rifles and light bullets. I think the guy that out shoots me with the 91/30 is better with recoil control. He is 100 pounds heavier than me, and wraps himself around the rifle.
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