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Old April 28, 2007, 08:46 AM   #1
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Best make projectiles?

Ive bought alot of sierra game king, barnes TX, Speer SP, and Nolser Ballistic tips.. and despite all the rave about Sierra they shoot like crap in my rifle with 30cal 150gr hollowpoint boattails, i dont know whether its that i cant seat them close enough to the lands but the nosler ballistic tips seem to take the cake for most accurate round. i dont know whether they like to be real close to the lands or like a jump to the rifling but even factory remington ammo seems to shoot better. Am i loading the sierras wrong?
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Old April 28, 2007, 11:32 AM   #2
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Generally, best accuracy will be 0.002" off of the rifling. Sometimes magazines limit the longer overall length. If that's the case, I'd go as long as the magazine allows. You can also play with powder charges. Just because they're the same weight doesn't mean the powder charge that shoots one well will shoot the other accurately. I'm not going to suggest powder changes as not only can it get cost prohibitive but in most cases if a powder is matched to the cartridge/bullet mass for one bullet, it can be tweaked to shoot another.
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Old April 28, 2007, 11:42 AM   #3
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"best" projectile

Dannyboy303--What is "best" in one rifle is not necessarily "best" in another--even the same model with consecutive serial numbers!

There are bullets that are generally good in most rifles, but some rifles just won't shoot those bullets accurately.

This is why reloading is as much art as science.

What must be done is what you have done--buy & try a number of different bullets until you hit on one or more that your own rifle "likes," i.e. shoots with acceptable accuracy. The bullet must be suited to your purposes, for example you wouldn't use a target (non-expanding) bullet for hunting, but question #1 is, does my rifle like this bullet.

With regard to the Sierra GK bullets--you may be loading them wrong but I doubt it--seating them further from or closer to the lands will enhance accuracy, but won't make accuracy out of
Sierra they shoot like crap in my rifle.
With regard to the Nosler Ballistic Tips--if they suit your purposes otherwise, and you are satisfied with their accuracy, I'd say your search is over. BTW, FWIW, the Nosler Ballistic Tips are working very well for me, accuracy-wise, in 3 different rifles. Nice bullet.
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Old April 28, 2007, 03:53 PM   #4
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Hornady's shoot the best for me. I've heard great things about NBT also, but they shoot "patterns" out of my guns LOL. I've tried everything. Seating on the lands, seating way in then slowly working out, different powders, primers, charge weights, they just won't shoot for me. Blitzkings do O.K. but Hornady's are the far and away winner in my .22-250Rem and .243Win rifles. I'm starting to think it's because they have the longest bearing surface? Oh well. Different strokes for different folks. I'm kinda glad they don't shoot well, they are about $5 more than the Hornady's at my local shop.
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