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    Posted: February 05 2021 at 6:41pm
my dad would batch his handloads by 1/10 of a grain bullet weight.  are you guys that anal lol?
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maybe if your shooting a $10,000 benchrest rifle. Won’t make any difference in our Lee Enfields.  

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote devrep Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 05 2021 at 7:01pm
my dad was a competition rifle and handgun shooter in his day but these were hunting loads.    he was pretty meticulous in everything he did.   
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Pukka Bundook Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 06 2021 at 6:03am
Its good to reload with care, but pilot error will more than "compensate" for such careful reloading.
Was reading up on primers the other day, and those with the greatest spread in velocity seemed to produce the tightest groups...  Not saying aim for vide variations in velocity!...but many other things contribute as well.
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I did a comparison test once.
I loaded 2 batches of ammo with identical cases, charges, primers, bullets, & so on.
one set was trimmed for length, chamfered & deburred then loaded on a Dillon RL450b with no other things done, the other was also primer pocket uniformed, primer pocket cleaned, flash hole deburred, cases & bullets were weighed & segregated by weight, & cases by volume, then single loaded on the same press & dies.
Then I shot for group at 200yds, off a bench & bagged, so it was only the rifle & load determining the accuracy.
There was no practical difference I could find either from chronograph readings or group sizes.
I quit doing that afterwards.
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My experience is the same as Shamus.  To determine the difference, you need a statistically significant number of 10 shot groups.  At least four, preferably more.  For some types of powder, a consistent volume of powder does better than a consistent weight.  

However, your confidence plays a big role in accurate shooting, especially when shooting “in position” (not off a bench).  Some shooters will weight powder and bullets because it gives them the confidence that their loads are perfect.  Any doubt that creeps in to your head will show up on the target.  Yet I know many of the best Service Rifle shooters do not weight powder or bullets, they don’t waste their time in it, time is better spent dry firing and life fire practice and match shooting.  





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