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Finally got my property to a manageable point and with the holidays approaching, not sure how much time I'll have to make many trips to the range, so I started digging around to see what ammo I have loaded and thinking about what I haven't shot for awhile and what I would like to shoot.

I may take my .204 with my remaining test loads to shoot them up and get that brass ready for reloading with the best loads I have tested (so far). Various powders with 32 gr. VMax and 32 gr. Varmaggedon. Some 39 gr. Sierra Blitzkings and 40 gr. VMax.

I haven't shot my O3-A3's in forever and was gifted several hundred 150 gr. Hornady FN bullets and loaded up a bunch of them with WW 760, 4895 and Varget. The loads I have should be around 2800 fps and fun for off hand but I will start on the bench since I haven't shot these rifles in many years.

Haven't shot my 98 Mauser Bolt action 25-06 for a couple of years and have some 100 gr. Sierra's, 115 gr. Nosler, and 117 gr. Hornady's to shoot up. Various powders. Gonna try all of them @ 300 yds to see how they do.

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Lastly, I have been medically cleared to shoot my 9.3 X 62 and have some Speer 270 gr. and 285 gr. PPU. All should be in the 2200 fps. range. We will see how my shoulder holds up. :D

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I did throw a scope on this, can't remember which. Maybe and old Weaver or Leupold. I'll double check eye relief before firing. :cool:

Weather is supposed to be partly cloudy and in the 70's. Ideal day. This range gets soggy when wet and 90% chance of rain for Thanksgiving, so I need to get it in now. lol

Wish me luck.
 

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Hope you have a great day. I, too, need to get to the range. First have to mount a scope on the grandkids present. A C
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Thanks for the encouragement. Over coffee with the wife this morning I was laying out my plans and stated I was going to be shooting a couple of rifles that I haven't had out in a long time. Her response was that she didn't see how I could EVER shoot all of the rifles I have. DAMN...she's onto me. :D

I probably won't bring my .204 as I have at least three "known" loads for it. I may swap out my .308 where I did a little Stock work, or one of my 6 mm/244's. Maybe my 270 bolt, but my #1 all of a sudden quit shooting a known load for it.

Decisions, decisions...lol
 

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Start small and work up. It would be a shame to blow a shoulder on the first shot and have all that ammo laying around unfired.
 
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Well...it worked out well. I decided to keep it manageable. I brought my 25-05 (98 Mauser), my sporter O3-A3, and my 9.3 X 62, I spent about 7 1/2 hours there on Wednesday, so another rifle would have just complicated issues. I can only share a few photos, as I need to sort though some of the targets and data still.

I will share this 15 shot target from my O3 @ 100 yds. for now, and although I think I can do better, I am pleased. I am still surprised at how well your eyes line up with peep sights. This load was part of a batch of 150 gr. flat nose bullets that I had gifted to me (about 800). I haven't shot this rifle in probably 25 years. It was my off-hand queen for competitions back in the day. I'm also including a photo of the old Whiteline pad that is thoroughly crushed. lol I think I need a new recoil pad.


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I do have a question. All of my 30-06 loads had the primer back out slightly. Just enough to be able to notice when running your thumb over the base (few thousands of an inch maybe). I had one cracked neck, but am giving that a pass as all of the brass were range pick ups. I toss any brass that is excessively dirty or dented.

This particular load is 150 gr. Hornady Flat Nose - 54.0 gr. WW 760. No exact load for that bullet, but 53/54 gr. is the book minimum for other style 150 gr. bullets.

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Still sorting through my targets and got a little slowed down due to Thanksgiving. Will post more when I have sorted through them.

Edited - Looking closer at that 30-06 round with the cracked neck, it appears that I probably got that from Diamond K Brass. They sell some brass that Remington used as test rounds and the pressure trace mark is clearly visible just below the neck.
 

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Okay...sorted through my best targets. Even with the wind I was able to shoot this 25-06 target @ 300 yds. I was gifted these bullets by a buddy near Austin. We made a trade and I think I came out ahead. He said I would never go back from them. He might be right.


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My best in my 9.3 was the 270 gr. Speer round. It seemed to be a bit sharper than the 285 even though they were both loaded to ~2200 fps. Probably just a mind thing. It was not bad, but I wouldn't want to shoot 50 or so in a day. :D

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