I've been hitting the local range every now and then with either FGMM 168s or Black Hills Gold 175s. I try to go at least once a week if I can. I had also bought a lot of HSM 7.62 168gr Match when it was hard to find anything on the shelves so I still fire off a few rounds at the end of each session. I think I'm just going to shelve it for a while as personal surplus for later.
I have found out it is easier to only bring no more than two types of ammo to keep track of progress and record keeping ease. One ammo as the baseline and the other to see how it compares.
A few weeks ago I used Blackhills Gold 175gr BTHP Match at the local 100 yard range.
Bottom Left: BHG 175gr 1.36"
Bottom Right: BHG 175gr .71"
Top Left: BHG 175gr .88"
Top Right: BHG 175gr .57"
Center: HSM 168gr 1.47"
(the multiple markings on the target you see were done later that night after a "few" beers)
Like many out there I decided to begin handloading. This site had plenty of info to learn from along with the Hornady 9th reloading edition. (The search function works wonders)
The first batch I used the spent Black Hills Match cases. Tumbled them, cleaned the primer pockets, uniformed them and sized them and tumbled again before final loading.
Case length: 2.010
Powder: 41.5 gr IMR 4895
Primer: CCI #200
Bullet: Hornady 168gr BTHP
I went over to Eastern Washington to use the 100/200/300 yard range.
100 yard range
Bottom: Handload - 1.04"
Bottom Left: Handload - 1.30"
Bottom Right: Handload - 1.35"
Center: Handload - 1.47"
Top Left: HSM 168gr - 1.98" (last rounds of the day)
Top Right: HSM 168gr - 1.57" (last rounds of the day)
200 yard range
Center: Handload - 2.14"
300 yard range
Bottom Center: FGMM 168gr - 2.94"
Center: Handloads - 6+"
All in all I had fun first and foremost. My first loads turned out better than I thought so I am definitly happy with that. My groups keep improving so double bonus.
And here is my Rifle
Not sure what happened with my handloads at the 300 yard range.
I have reloaded the Black Hills again with one change on the headspace to 1.632. All of my spent cases come out reading 1.634. The rifle came from Springfield tagged with a headspace of 1.631. ????
In a few days back to the local 100 yard range. Happy Happy Happy