A ceaseless amount of time has been spent attempting to figure out whether factory-made or hand-loaded ammunition is better for long range shooting. Fortunately, our online ammunition store carries both. When we talk about long range shooting we’re talking about at least 500 to 600 yards. Within this range, many people will start to see how their components and loading methods affect the precision of their bullet at impact. Here is some helpful information that will enable you to increase the accuracy and consistency of your long-range shooting.
Believe it or not, aside from your skills, your bullet has a critical role in determining how accurate your long-range shooting will be. It’s smart to test your bullet in various settings to see how consistently it performs while staying in the 500-600 yard range. If you fire and test below this range, you are bringing too many variables into play. This trial and error process can be tedious and time-consuming, but it is ultimately the best way to find which bullet is right for you and your gun. You may be wondering if there is a simple and efficient way to go about this. Different methods work for different people but we suggest that you at least organize your bullets based on length and weight. To be precise, you should use a bullet comparator to measure from the ogive to base or vice versa. Remember to keep deviations less than .005 inches. Additionally, you must understand that bullets that are above .30 calibers will handle weight differences better than smaller bullets. Finally, the last variable to study when comparing the bullet itself is the BC (Ballistic Coefficient). This measures how slick a bullet is while it’s piercing through the air. A higher BC variable will decrease drag, but it’s important to note that longer bullets have a tougher time with stable flight even if their BC is high.
Propellants & Primers
This is another crucial variable that must be tested when it comes to long range shooting. As we talked about before, it is best to keep variations to a minimum in order to achieve greater consistency so we suggest using finer-grain powder and weighing each charge manually. Propellants come into play when you will be shooting in different climates. Typically, single based propellants such as Hodgdon and Vihtavuori 100 series will have fewer performance deviations compared to double-based powder. So overall, it may be in your best interest to go with a single-based propellant. While we’re discussing this, it’s essential to remember that accuracy trumps speed when dealing with long range shooting. Therefore, propellants with faster burn rates will be much more accurate compared to other, slower propellants. Additionally, you may want to try out different primers.
The cartridge case is the part that brings all of these variables and components into one piece. While it is often disregarded we highly suggest that you pay attention to your cartridges by separating all of your cases based on make and model. Keep in mind how often each one has been fired.
When a cartridge is fired, it usually expands to meet the walls of the chamber so when you reload ammunition you can either resize the case or dial down the neck size. In general, it’s usually better to keep the size of the neck the same but keep all sides even. You will suffer from consistency issues if one side touches the chamber wall before another. Yes, sometimes the minutest details can cause a world of difference. That is why our online ammunition store stands by our reloaded ammo and offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee policy.
C.O.L (Cartridge Overall Length)
Long-range ammunition typically has long ogives that are made to perform well when they sit evenly into the rifling. When seating your bullets, you may want to test various jumps and have a certain target in mind. For instance, when you are testing short jumps, your objective should be around .000 to .003 inches. Finally, as a reminder, you should always measure to the ogive and not the bullet tip. We hope this information has been informati