Loaded my first twenty this aft. and had an hour of light left so got to the range and sent 'em flying. All I can say is Yahoo, I am totally jacked about reloading.
Loaded for Sako 85 in .270WSM -
ten 130 gr w/Speer boattail and IMR 4350 in the midrange w/56gr
ten 100 gr w/Speer varmint load Hollow pts -4350 and 61.8 gr
They fired NICE, made Noise, big Flash (just before dark) heh heh and one of the 3 shot groups was .67 inches !! the others were from .97" to 2.4"
It wasn't ideal conditions, raining and blowing NE35 right down range at me but I could NOT wait. Could only get to the 100yd range just in time b-4 dark and using shooting bags for rest, happy with results tho for sure
GET THIS for your conversation and interest sake, I loaded two of the 110gr Varmint loads with "DUPONT MILITARY 4350" (with same numbers as IMR load specs) powder that is nearly FIFTY YRS old !!
Wifes Grandpa has a refrig full of powder from post WWII days in Japan that he brought home, SERIOUSLY, It smelled good and normal, looked dry and excellent, so I tried two loads with it. WHAM, Good to Go
I couldn't see the target enough during group (forgot my spotter) but the first of that group was fresh IMR and the last two were the old stuff and two of the three are 1/2in apart but 2 1/2 inch lower than the other which was dead center, Have to check on that later to see if it lost some power ???
Sure came close for Fifty yr old powder though, Wild, Eh? I could hardly imagine being able to use that stuff but couldn't find any reason to not try it. Looks immaculate. I'm not 100% sure of age but label looks fifties and fits his memory of stocking up with post Japan occupation deals.
Needless to say I am SO IN with you guys now, thanks for the help, I'll be asking more but wanted to post first results, Happy Camper Here