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Load Testing
Calculating Kinetic Energy.
Centerfire Rifle Cartridge Reloading Load Testing:
 1. Your rifles bore condition is critical at this point and most likely even though you keep it clean unless you use a good copper solvent it is almost without saying that your barrel is copper fouled beyond serious accuracy testing.
(Bore Cleaning)

 2. Scope mounting is also critical, while most shooters know how to mount a scope, very few know how to mount a scope precisely for ultimate accuracy over extended range shooting at very distant targets.
(Scope Mounting)

 3. The next step in accurate load testing is a rock solid shooting platform. A shooting bench that is anchored to the ground is a must for any serious accuracy testing.

 4. The next step after establishing a shooting platform in load testing is to have a good rifle rest to anchor your rifle, rifle rest bags are ok but the Outers Varminter adjustable rifle rest is more solid and accurate.

 5. Target and targeting this is simply one of the most overlooked areas when reloaders are working up loads for accuracy load testing, simply put you need an accurate targeting system. Using our free targets you put up the target using a level which will help eliminate scope and rifle canting on the rifle rest. These targets have been made to align the crosshairs of your scope with the diamond shape points on the target.
Free Sight-In Targets:
Precision Sight-In Target Precision 100 Yard Sight-In Target Precision 25 Yard Target Precision 50 Yard Target
Precision 75 Yard Target Precision 100 Yard Target Precision 200 Yard Target Precision 300 Yard Target

 6. Once you are satisfied with testing the accuracy of your load the next step is to test the velocity of the load for trajectory purposes. The Alpha Chrony Chronograph gives 1-string, 32-shot memory (numbered). Measures high, low and average velocities, extreme spread and standard deviations. Stereo jack for optional remote control. Retrieval of individual shot velocity measurements. With a flip of the finger switch, from FPS to MPS and vice versa.

 7. The last and final step in load testing. For those commercial loaders and handloaders interested in optimizing load performance as well as staying within industry recommended standards, Western Powders' ballistics lab is the place to start. Western Powders' lab utilizes the piezoelectric transducer system recommended by SAAMI for all pressure testing. Pressure is read by a voltage meter and digital oscilloscope providing both the peak recorded pressure and the pressure curve trace. Projectile speed is recorded with a velocity meter and digital counter. Western's pressure & velocity testing services are available to the commercial loader as well as the individual handloader.

Centerfire Rifle Cartridges:
17 Rem. - 204 Ruger - 22 Hornet - 222 Rem.
223 Rem. - 22-250 Rem. - 220 Swift - 223 WSSM
243 Win. - 6mm Rem. - 243 WSSM - 240 Wby. Mag.
250 Savage - 257 Roberts - 25 WSSM - 25-06 Rem.
257 Wby. Mag. - 6.5 x 55mm - 260 Rem.
6.5mm Rem. Mag. - 264 Win. Mag. - 6.8mm Rem.
270 Win. - 270 WSM - 270 Wby. Mag. - 7mm-08 Rem.
280 Rem. - 7mm Rem. Mag. - 7mm WSM
30-30 Win. - 308 Win. - 30-06 Springfield
300 Win. Mag. - 300 WSM - 300 Wby. Mag.
325 WSM - 338 Win. Mag. - 340 Wby. Mag.
357 Mag. - 44 Mag. - 444 Marlin - 45-70 Government
Resources And References:
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Rifling Twist Rates
Rifling Twist Effects
Rifle Barrel Break-In
Rifle Barrel Cryogenics
Rifle Barrel Free-Bore