Had my 35 Rem XLR to the range today. Have been working with the cartridges...turning necks/neck sizing only. Had five ready to go...group on left is those five out of a clean, cold barrel. Had 17 left to fireform before neck sizing and neck turning. I wanted to check out my forend modification (floater) to see if it would increase group size or start slinging shots out of the group when the barrel heated up. It performed as expected. I rapid fired those 17 cartridges and the group is on the right...and boy did that barrel ever get hot.....but it held its point of aim farely well. For a hunting rifle this should be ideal. This load was not an accuracy load, but something I just threw together to get the cases firformed and check out the neck sizing (I made my own die) and the turning operations. so far so good! This barrel has been lapped per Marshalls kit/instructions, and even though I am using jacketed bullets in this one, I wanted the accuracy that fire lapping offers. Between his kit and my modified floater forend, I am expecting to have a very accurate hunting rifle when all is said and done. Now, its time to finish up those cases and start working up a serious hunting load.
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