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  1. #1
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    Testing ammo at test centers.

    Testing ammo at the test centers.

    There has been much discussion about how best test your rifle to find the best ammo.

    The centers normally recommend you send in the barreled action without a stock or scope. They are equipped to put your barreled action into a vice and do the testing.

    Many shooters have rejected that idea and believe it preferrable to test the rifle as it would be shot in a match.

    Let me offer this:

    When you test ammo all you can hope to do is to find the best (most consistent) ammo available.

    If you have bedding issues, trigger timing issues, ignition issues, or anything else wrong with your rifle no ammo is going to fix them.

    If you strip down the package to its fewest parts possible and do the testing, you will actually improve your chances of finding the best ammo available.

    But don't expect this new consistent ammo to fix your rifle it won't. You will still have to deal with that.

    I've heard many stories about ammo that shot great at the test center but didn't shoot when you got it home. I've done this myself.

    It probably has a lot to do with the limited testing we are actually doing at the test center.

    Testing at the centers doesn't guarantee success, but it is your best chance of finding good ammo.

    These are my thoughts, please share yours.

    TKH (4628)

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    Tony, I guess I wouldn’t disagree with anything you’ve said.
    I had an appointment for Ohio, figured my best chances were to be there in person, that could not happen so plan B: after several conversations with Devan, have two barreled actions in Mesa as we speak……we’ll see.
    A primary reason for me was also to test far more lots than any other option. Without belonging to a testing/buying group, buying blind is not a great long term option.
    Because of my Ohio curveball, I have been promised return in two weeks and with two guns, two different barrel configurations hopefully decent chance of good selection. As I get data, I will give you any observations.
    I think one of the toughest challenges is to get this done with decent lot numbers available, easier said than done.
    Last edited by tim; 01-16-2022 at 03:04 PM.

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    A friend

    went to the Eley center a few years ago now, tested and bought a good quantity of what shot well in his rifle. When He got back to New England, the rifle didn't shoot the ammo well. As I recall, he had to move the tuner 150 clicks or so and then it shot great.

    Here's what I know for sure. Elevation makes a big difference in how ammo shoots. What shoots great at say 400 ASL won't shoot the same at 1200 ASL.

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    Does the Ohio Lapua Center have a test feller yet and any ammo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butch Lambert View Post
    Does the Ohio Lapua Center have a test feller yet and any ammo?
    Butch, I hear that Luke is leaving and his last day is Jan 18th (early next week). I've been told they are shutdown, until they get a replacement for Luke, maybe by March/April. I've tried to call since I have an appointment scheduled for the end of March, to confirm that is still a valid appointment. I last tested there in early October, and they only had 5 lots of Midas+, and only one good lot for my rifle.

    FYI only, not sure if anyone else has more info?

    RFS99

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rimfireshooter View Post
    Butch, I hear that Luke is leaving and his last day is Jan 18th (early next week). I've been told they are shutdown, until they get a replacement for Luke, maybe by March/April. I've tried to call since I have an appointment scheduled for the end of March, to confirm that is still a valid appointment. I last tested there in early October, and they only had 5 lots of Midas+, and only one good lot for my rifle.

    FYI only, not sure if anyone else has more info?

    RFS99

    Thanks Elmer, Kinda what I heard.

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