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So, TLP asked me in a pm about me running a 243win out to 1200yds, essentially asking because he didnt think it would do it. Most of the hunting ammo out there for a 243, yeah, youre not hitting 1200 yards with any accuracy or consistency. But, I reload, and use some amazing BC bullets. As I was telling TLP, my load is a weak load, that goes trans sonic around 1100-1200 yards based on the weather and other atmospheric conditions I was shooting in the other day. Its actually a very slow load that a max load 308 185gr Berger Juggernaut load could beat in drops and windage, but it beats the 168gr bullets most shoot. Kick it up to my max load that eats my barrel, and I am smoking it, and have a lot less drop, and depending on weather, can make it to 1500 yards before going trans sonic. But, like I said, it eats a barrel up, so I keep it slow since my purpose is fulfilled at the much lower velocity.
The point of all this? How many of you reload for your rifles? I reload for rifle and pistol, pistol mostly because of the amount I shoot (I ran 500 rounds the other day out of one pistol to finish my day at the range and can shoot up to 200 rounds in some of the competitions). I reload my rifle rounds for accuracy. My two 243 loads are bug hole shooters if I do my part, that is they all hit the same hole at 100yds. It took a lot of load development to get to that, and to get my velocity spread down to low double, high single digit spreads, as in my bullets all have a muzzle velocity within 14fps of each other.
All that and Im not a spectacular shot, and not the best reloader, but I share because its a valuable skill to have for many reasons.
So, we will start here: How many of you reload, or at least are interested in serious reloading?