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Old 02-21-2012, 08:04 AM
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my go to load for my .308 win is a 168 grain a-max with a hornady match case trimmed to 2.000', cci br2's, 44.3 grains of vihtavuori n150 loaded to 2.800 coal. yesterday at -2 celcius the chrony read 2715 with a rather high deviation of 35 fps over 5 shots.

i noticed that hornady has a almost exact dulicate of my load with the only difference being the powder, primer and velocity, averaging 2735 fps with a really tight deviation of 12 fps over 5 shots. coal load length is also 2.800 inches +/- 0.002 across 2 boxes, about the same tolerances my own loads reach.

given almost everything being equal and the hornday factory load being tighter over the chrony, why are my loads more accurate on paper then the factory ones? coal is the same, bullet is the same, case is the same, velocity is within 20 fps of each other, point of impact is almost exactly the same at 200, and now that i think of it the factory bullets use the new amp jackets and my loads do not yet have the amp jacket. i thought that maybe the primer was doing it but the primer just needs to fully and consistently ignite the powder and if the factory is doing with less velocity deviation im thinking it might be a better primer. then i thought the powder, but again if the velocity is tighter then there is no way its burning less consistent.

fyi my loads on that day and most days produce 0.6-0.5 moa unless i slip up and the hornady factory produces 0.75 moa consistently across the 2 boxes i had on hand.
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:19 AM
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It really doesn't take much to make that kind of a difference. I woudn't sweat it as I doubt you will ever find out the reason.

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Old 02-21-2012, 12:07 PM
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It is possible to have the same velocity but not the same barrel time because the pressure curves are different.
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Old 02-21-2012, 06:18 PM
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New brass or once fired?
Full length sized or neck sized?

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Old 02-22-2012, 06:09 PM
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progressive burn rate of the VV vs who knows what of the who knows what powder from Hornady?
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Old 02-22-2012, 08:59 PM
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Maybe they don't seat the bullet as accurately linearly, so they tend to first contact the barrel differently. Or they use the "same" bullet, but are produced with somewhat lower standards. Or it's a sample size issue, and you had a few more bad shots testing the factory ammo. A difference in crimping?
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:26 AM
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I would guess that you are re-using your brass, and it is a better fit to your chamber than the factory brass, which must be sized a little small to fit anybody's chamber.
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