last weekend i was able to try out a couple different loads. i didnt snap any pictures of the targets though. my .223 loads i shot at a used target. my .40 did good but simply forgot to take the picture. moving on.
cci small rifle primer
IMR 3031 24.4gr
winchester 55gr fmj
H335 25.1 gr
win 55 fmj
i shot the IMR first. it cycled fine but seemed to run almost rough though. like a car thats needs a tune up. i then shot the H335 loads. i was a little nervous as my data said i needed magnum primers with this powder and i only had standard on hand. i figured well it should still work, just maybe not as consistant. so i tried them. WOW. each shot was smooth and crisp, 10 times better than the IMR felt. i loaded up a bunch more to test for accuracy. im sure it will do just what i expext out of it.
on to the .40.
RWS match grade brass
win231 4.8 and 4.9gr
hornady xtp hp 180gr
after looking over my target after the previous range trip and some from other trips i decided to try to adjust my rear sight. i was hitting to the left pretty consistantly. after this adjusment and trying these new loads i was satisfied i made the right decision. all my shots were centered, the only deviation i had was vertically. all my shots with both powder weights landed on paper at 15yards. i didnt notice much in the way of difference between the 2 loads so i loaded up some more at just shy of 4.9.. about 4.85 in theory. next time i will try to snap a few pictures.
I have been a silent witness
to all of America's finest hours.
But my finest hour comes
when I am torn into strips and used as bandages
for my wounded comrades on the battlefield,
When I fly at half-mast to honor my soldiers,
Or when I lie in the trembling arms
of a grieving mother
at the graveside of her fallen son.