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    Bonecollector. I used to run into the same issues as you with my Chrony. I hated wasting a shot and not getting it to register also. What i do now is bring a 22 Rimfire, rifle or pistol and shoot it through the Chrony first to make sure it will register my shots. It usually works good and im only using a few rounds of 22. I've taken the sky screens off as well as said above but still shoot the 22 through it first. Just some thoughts.

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    Good tip Fackelberry. I figured it would not register as it was getting late, but wanted to crack one off anyway as it was my first time! :-)

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    Got an opportunity to get back after it this past weekend.
    Berger 168gr VLD 0.015 O\Ls
    Gun has a deep throat, so lots of options.
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    69g @ 2998 fps
    70g @ 3022 +24
    71g @ 3068 +46
    72g @ 3120 +52
    73g @ 3184 +64
    73g @ 3184 -0- I was pleased with the duplicated speed. I was very detailed in my measurements. I'm sure there was a bit of luck there as well. lol

    Put a few on paper at 100 yards and was getting 3/4" moa. I'm sure it'll be even better on a more solid rest, so I was very pleased. 4 in bull's-eye and 2 at 11'oclock on the ridge of circle. For a not-so conducive rest, the shots were very good. (more like hunting shots than target opportunities)
    Primers looked good; actually better than the hornady factory primers after being shot. There were no issues with pressure signs.
    I'll rework the rounds this week and further inspect. If all looks good, I believe I've found my recipe. If not, I'll back it down as I have plenty of speed already and will still have a fast flat shooting round.
    Next step will be to shoot on a better rest and perhaps seat bullet -.005 from 0.015 to 0.010

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    Out of curiosity, what kind of velocity are you achieving with that powder and bullet? I've read that 7828 is a good powder choice.

    Quote Originally Posted by LaHunter View Post
    I've been using IMR 7828 with 160 grain Accubonds in my 7mm rem mag with great results (accuracy and velocity).
    H-1000 also gets lots of praise from 7 mag reloaders.

    Good Luck
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    I shot a bb gun through the chrony to get it active.
    The last time it did not register was due to darkness setting in early on a very overcast day. Never an issue any other time. lol

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    Bonecollector. I used to run into the same issues as you with my Chrony. I hated wasting a shot and not getting it to register also. What i do now is bring a 22 Rimfire, rifle or pistol and shoot it through the Chrony first to make sure it will register my shots. It usually works good and im only using a few rounds of 22. I've taken the sky screens off as well as said above but still shoot the 22 through it first. Just some thoughts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonecollector View Post
    I shot a bb gun through the chrony to get it active.
    The last time it did not register was due to darkness setting in early on a very overcast day. Never an issue any other time. lol
    Thats a good plan too. Cheaper than the 22LR also. I like to bring a few other guns to the range when working up loads. When one starts to warm up from test loads i put it aside and shoot another so the barrel will cool down. Usually 3 rifles is what i take. If i'm only working one gun, then the 22 comes out and i plink with that while barrel cools on test rifle. Or i rummage through the trash barrels at the range and look for factory brass people shoot and leave. It's a cheap way to find decent brass for reloading. Glad your load development is going good so far. Keep us updated.

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    UPDATE:
    If time permits, I plan to load a few rounds this weekend. It'll be the 3rd & 4th bullet seated in these cases. Thus far, things are going very well.
    I've been using a friend's equipment, but I picked up my first reloading equipment at a cabelas sales last weekend. (RCBS-Rock Chuc ker Supreme Kit) Will need to add a few things, but I've got 90% of what I need.
    Really enjoying things so far!

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    Well, I reloaded number 3, 4 and 5 in a few cases. All velocities were within 4 feet per sec range.
    After being shot 5th time, I de-primed and re-primed and the pockets were all good for the 6th priming (but no plans to load/shoot more than 5). No pressure signs or visual wear to cases. All went very well.
    I think 5x loaded cases is very good for what I'm getting out of this load. I don't' want to be foolish and push the envelope and find out when I've really gone to far! I worked up in stages and was very caution and deliberate with my loading.

    Any thoughts on development thus far from the Eastman Experts?

    I started with Hornady factory loaded ammunition. Does anyone have an personal experience or opinions on said cases?
    I know a lot of guys buy Winchester or Nosler cases to load. I started with these since I was previously shooting factory Hornady.
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    I really don't keep track of how many times I load a case. Once I have shot a load in my particular rifle, I only use this case in that rifle as the case fire forms to the chamber dimensions. I only neck size from that point on. I believe that full length sizing stretches the case at the base and encourages thinness and case splits. I also don't pick out certain branded cases. I wont use steel or chrome plated empties.

    I check oal case length after every shot and as long as I don't have to trim the case, I know the brass hasn't stretched.
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    Don't they stress and stretch with each shot?

 

 
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