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Rocky7 11-24-2013 02:39 PM

Target model - harmonic balancer setting
I can't seem to dial in my harmonic balancer for a consistent good result. I know every rifle is going to be different, but wondered if there is any trends.

I'm using 55 gr. bullets.

Where do you have your harmonic balancer set? (number of turns in or out, pls)

hawkguy 11-24-2013 03:27 PM

maybe tri will come along in a bit....think he has a target and gets good results....

Rocky7 11-24-2013 03:29 PM

I can get groups at - or even a tad under - 1" with good ammo but then can't seem to replicate those results on the next session.

hawkguy 11-24-2013 03:51 PM


Originally Posted by Rocky7 (Post 1439283)
I can get groups at - or even a tad under - 1" with good ammo but then can't seem to replicate those results on the next session.

that is how a target should shoot! :)

however, i would assume it should hold that zero. so many factors can come into play there...

1) using same exact ammo brand (or load) and weight?
2) are you sure your scope holds zero?
3) checked scope rings for loosening? (this has happened to me)

as for the harmonic balance(r), if that is the issue, i have no experience with them at all. tri will be along to chime in, i think. he is a very good shot and knowledgeable about the mini in general. he owns a target version, so he'll be able to help you more with this issue i think.

i'm always happy to provide no help at all! ;)

Rocky7 11-24-2013 04:43 PM

:) Thanks for the suggestions, but those factors are all good. Scope is new, mounts are tight, etc. I was just wondering whether there is a setting that most people find works pretty good. I seem to get good results around 2-2.5 turns in but not consistently.

tri70 11-25-2013 09:54 PM

The tuning if the balancer can be a trick but is great if know your bullet/powder combo. I reload so I can see a difference on settings. When shooting with fast powders like RL7, H4198, RL10,AA2015 I will set the balancer with 1/4" off the muzzle. When shooting medium powders H335, Varmint, CFE223 I like setting the balancer 1/2" off the muzzle.
I shoot 55 gr Nosler BT or Combined Tech bullets with above powders.

Factory loads are most likely using medium powder so try setting with 1/2" off the muzzle.

Here is 55 gr Nosler Combined Tech with 27 gr CFE223 and setting 1/2 off the muzzle.

tri70 11-25-2013 09:59 PM

Here is Nosler 55 gr BT over 21.5 gr RL7 with a setting of 1/4" off the muzzle.

Rocky7 11-25-2013 10:13 PM

Thanks for the info. Maybe I've been spending too much time fiddling around with the balancer set too far back. I've only loaded Benchmark, too.

Appreciate the info, bud.

tri70 11-25-2013 10:59 PM

This place has some H335 powder which is about the best all around 223 powder for 55 gr bullets.,3641.html

tri70 11-25-2013 11:03 PM

Varmint powder shoots great also out of my target model.,6504.html

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