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    Posted: September 24 2011 at 12:30pm
What is the point of reduced loads on the 303 when the recoil is already easy on the shoulder? Is it to reduce wear on the barrel? How many people really shoot out a barrel anyway? Or is there some real world advantage to having to mess with with another load and point of aim and all that?

Unless it is to tinker, in which case that is a good enough reasonby itself.
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I found one and loaded some for a Lady shooter in our CMP Vintage Military Rifle Matches, it turn out to be very accurate and several of the guys shooting 303s picked it up.  A 150 grain bullet on 22 grains of IMR 4759.  It has won two matches but we shoot on the SR-1 Target at 100 yards.  It also greatly extends case life 10+ Loadings.
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Reducing the load a bit is supposed to extend case life by not stretching the brass in some of the more "generous" chambers. I find that if I resize to match the chamber, instead of just fully resizing 100% the case life extends pretty well so I don't need to reduce the load.
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I neck size only and have a set of brass for each rifle.
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I agree on the accuracy point there. I find the best results for me come with a 150 gr flat-base at about 2450 FPS, a bit milder than a factory load, but not really a reduced load, just a mild one.
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Last fall I had one case split clean in two when I tried ejecting it from the then new to me rifleAngry,as I reload, I had a problemConfused I checked the reamed depth of the barrel,and it was very long,.082 longer than the other two so I faced the barrel end and cut the shoulder back just .073 give or take .001,that gave the barrel the rotation to time the ejector finger.,I got the Idea Here to file the flange off of a case and then I blued it and checked all three of my .303's  had good contact and then measured depth from flange to barrel and tried to match them up, give or take a couple of thou. so I use my new depth gauge to make them all as close to the same depth as possible(the wont be exact,different reamers etc.) but close enough for my reloading(so I hoped)and it's looking good so far.
Without getting out the caliper,I can't see much difference in neck or shoulder length from the rim.
So when the brass moves it will hopefully move equally for all??? my hope
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So, a bit of case life extension is really all you get?  10 loads instead of 6 or 7?    You're still work haredning it.

Hardly seems worth the effort of moving your scope around and keeping track of multiple different loads.  Bullet weights.  Preformance on game etc.
 
What am I missing here?  Why the effort?  Brass is realtively cheap and easy to come by, while range time is so difficult to come by.
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In some rifles its more like 3 to 10 & so well worth it.
Enfield chambers varied a lot, so its possible you have a really "on spec" one in which case you're probably not needing to do this.
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shamu et al,

enfield chambers are "generous". before i knew this, i got a case-head separation in a second rifle.

"generous" enfield chambers work best by creating a false shoulder when reloading cases. an 8mm expander, followed by resizing until the case just chambers suffices. after firing, cases should be segregated to accommodate an individual rifle...too bad for y'all that have many enfields.

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i like to shoot and the cheaper i can shoot, the more  i can; with my own  cast bullets at 1800 fps, there's no wear on the barrel, easy on my shoulder and pocketbook. what else do i need?LOL

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