Watch: How Ammunition Brand Can Affect Accuracy


Watch: How Ammunition Brand Can Affect Accuracy

In this short video, Larry Potterfield takes a quick look at the differences in rifle cartridges between brands, and explains that the only way to know which will do best is to shoot it at the range. What he doesn’t say is that things like bullet weight, etc will also have an effect.

For instance, your 30-06 rifle may shoot Winchester 150-grain ammo accurately, but when it comes to 180-grain bullets for larger game, it may “prefer” a different brand. The only way to find out is to give it a try.

Similarly, when working up a handload you must remember that everything is important. Resizing (neck or full-length), case trim length, bullet brand, type, and weight, overall cartridge length, powder type, powder charge, and even the primer can make a difference. Range time is the only way to know how your rifle is going to shoot any given load.

And what’s wrong with more range time? Not a thing.


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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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