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#200648 - 07/13/19 03:59 PM Practice with "HUNTING LOADS"
cherokeetracker
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How many here practice with your Hunting Loads?
The thread about the hunting shows made me think again of the expense.
I do practice some with my Hunting Loads. My ammo cost me about $2.00 a pop. But if I am going to do this , then I feel that I need to be able to know and shoot game at different distances and in different positions. Standing freehand is the biggest challenge but once this is mastered OR,,, at the least, IMPROVED Upon,, then other position become easier.
It doesn't matter if I am using my own loads or if I have purchased my ammo. It is costly nowadays. with prices and hazmat fees and or just buying at different places when I get a chance it can still run on up there. I buy premium bullets !!! on some loads I use match primers if needed and try to use new cases. My time is very valuable too.
If I sight my gun in at a certain distance and am using my Hunting load then I feel I need to know what is happening at other distances. Example my 44 mag with my favorite load is good for point blank to 75 yds.
Now with another load I have shot at 200 yds with the same gun. All ammo should be tested.
I have tested some of the bullets into water jugs.
I do know what I can do with my hunting loads, and it takes a lot of money too do this, but I feel that things are paying off.
This diligence is worth the price when I get the opportunity at game and then I am successful.
Charles

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#200653 - 07/13/19 05:02 PM Re: Practice with "HUNTING LOADS" [Re: cherokeetracker]
REDHAWK1954
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I like to practice a lot with my hunting loads. That is one reason I stick with common caliburs.
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#200654 - 07/13/19 05:03 PM Re: Practice with "HUNTING LOADS" [Re: cherokeetracker]
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CT, I reload for about 90% of my handgun hunting ammunition and have always used the full power loads in practice... Its nice to find one good hunting load for each handgun and the only one that I have at this point is for my m-83 in 41 mag. This is a JT handload using #9 powder and either a 210 grain XTP or Swift bullet depending on the circumstances..
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#200657 - 07/13/19 05:27 PM Re: Practice with "HUNTING LOADS" [Re: jamesfromjersey]
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Always hunt, practice, plink with the same ammo.
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#200660 - 07/13/19 06:03 PM Re: Practice with "HUNTING LOADS" [Re: longhunter]
Randy M
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Yep always. I've never subscribed to the lighter-load-for-practice theory. What works for me is having many practice sessions with minimal shots at each session. I doubt I've ever fired more than 15 rounds in a session. The only exception would be when I'm working up a load and have multiple bullet/powder combinations to test. And for these I usually have my press and components with me on the range.
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#200661 - 07/13/19 06:07 PM Re: Practice with "HUNTING LOADS" [Re: Randy M]
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My oddball rounds are only hunting loads....by the time I form brass and load....I practice only with what I hunt with......if I load a round with a bullet that underperforms......then, I'll "plink" with that one more than the others
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#200664 - 07/13/19 11:19 PM Re: Practice with "HUNTING LOADS" [Re: Franchise]
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For 40+ years I've shot groundhogs and deer with the loads I'm using for big game hunting that year. No surprises, know how the bullet & gun performs, and most importantly, how I perform.
Besides, it's really cool to do groundhogs with 400 gr. solids and SPs in my .416 Taylor.

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#200666 - 07/14/19 12:39 AM Re: Practice with "HUNTING LOADS" [Re: wvhitman]
sixshot
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If you expect to be successful you have to use the same loads in practice that you will use in the field but I do think you can substitute a bullet that isn't a premium bullet for practice.
If your premium bullet has already proven itself & you know that it works I see no problem subbing in something cheaper if you're busting rocks or punching paper.
If you are forming cases it's much cheaper to just use a cup & core bullet, actually you can do it with out a bullet although the shoulder will be just slightly rounded. Many fire form loads are very accurate.

Dick

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#200667 - 07/14/19 12:42 AM Re: Practice with "HUNTING LOADS" [Re: wvhitman]
KRal
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All of my loads are hunting loads as well. Sometimes I may substitute a cheaper bullet for trigger time, but it?s always the same weight and load I use when hunting. I try to shoot a lot and sending $1.50-$2.00 bullets to kill a piece of paper or steel just sticks in my craw.
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#200668 - 07/14/19 02:18 AM Re: Practice with "HUNTING LOADS" [Re: KRal]
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I handload all my ammo except for 22lr. My hunting rounds are the 30-30AI, 375 Win, and the 445 Super mag. I just use the same load for practice as I do for hunting. The only exception is, I shoot 38spcl loads in my open sighted 357 Mag revolver most of the year then re-sight in with Mag ammo closer to hunting season. Truth is, I don't hunt with my 357 anyway but shoot more rounds thru it than any other handgun I own.

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