Before I left the range Sunday afternoon I got to wondering how the Swamp Dragon's
1:64 twist barrel would shoot conicals.
I had a good supply of 300 grain Lee REALs and a half dozen 295 grain HP Copper Clad PowerBelts. So I gave them a try.
Started off with 75 grains of GOEX FFFg under the REALs. They were lubed with Crisco and a wad was used between the powder and bullet.
I took three shots at 25 yards and was quite happy.
Naturally, I had to try three shots with the same load at 50 yards.
All I can say to that is
Would more powder help?
I upped the charge to 85 grains and tried three more at 50.
That's a little better. Let's try 95 grains. (It went so well I couldn't stop with three shots.)
Will that hold up with an additional 25 yards??? A fresh target at 75 yards should tell the tale.
Looks like we're back to
I should have tried another round with a 105 grain charge at 75 yards, but I was running out of time and really wanted to shoot those PowerBelts.
So I replaced the target on the 75 yard frame with a fresh one and shot those six PowerBelts - three with 65 grains and three with 75 grains.
Well, four out of six on paper isn't so bad, is it?