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How exacting are you when it comes to COL?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by robinsok, Jan 1, 2012.

  1. robinsok


    May 9, 2007
    So I found a load a while back that showed some promise out of my tikka in 6.5x55. I went down tonight and put together some more rounds to try out, and as I was checking the overall length of each cartridge, they seemed to vary from 2.916 to 2.925. 2.92 being my Target length. Would you guys consider this to be standard deviation in length? I'm not sure if it is just the way I seat the round in when measuring, or if my seating die varies that much?
  2. steve4102


    Jan 2, 2009
    From your numbers I am going to guess you are measuring off the tip of the bullet. Measuring off the tip of the bullet can produce large variations in COAL, especially with soft lead tipped bullets. You will get much more accurate readings if you measure COAL off the Ogive of the bullet with some type of comparator.

  3. Three-Five-Seven

    Three-Five-Seven Señor Mombo Millennium Member

    Aug 8, 1999
    Great Southwest
    What he ^^^^ said.