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cooter64

cooter64

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PostSubject: Load Development for Deer Season   Load Development for Deer Season EmptyOctober 25th 2016, 7:35 pm

The images below are of the last few trips to the range to work up my deer hunting load.  
Powder: Blackhorn 209 powder (I weigh all my charges)
Bullet: Hornady 250 grain Monoflex
Sabot 1: Hornady Red (MMP)
Sabot 2: Harvester Smooth Black
Muzzleloader: CVA Accura V2
Scope: Leupold VX1 (zeroed at 56 gw/80gv)
Distance: 50 yards


First charge - Hornady sabot 
Load Development for Deer Season Img_0439

Second charge - Hornady sabot
It seems the sweet spot is around 70 grains by weight, 100 grains by volume.
Load Development for Deer Season Img_0440


Third charge - Hornady sabot
Load Development for Deer Season Img_0441

Fourth charge - Hornady sabot
Load Development for Deer Season Img_0442


Fifth charge - Harvester sabot  Shooter
This load is 97.5 grains by volume.
I wanted to see what charge increments at 1.75 grains would do.
I've been told that anything less than 5 grains would be insignificant.
I definitely disagree.  I think I am going to use this load for this upcoming season.
Now I need to zero the scope for this load.
Next I will test at 100 yards, then at  200 yards and estimate the drop for 150 yards.
I will then set zero at 100 for 150.  As a final check I will then shoot at 50 yards.
I am hoping this will give me a good solid map of the bullet trajectory.  
I still would like to break out the chrony to really be sure.  But between losing sunlight
more everyday, work and life, time is hard to come by.
Load Development for Deer Season Img_0443

Sixth charge - Harvester sabot
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Seventh charge - Harvester sabot
Load Development for Deer Season Img_0445

I would clean the breach plug every time I change loads, or after 5 shots.
At the 70gw/100gv load I did notice that the POI from a clean barrel was right on.
Any comments or pointers would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks and happy hunting!
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