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I have seen several shooters raise their barrel pointing to the sky (180 to the ground) and then proceed to shoot. When asked, many say it positions more of the powder closer to the primer. I decided to run a little test ....

Using two Garands and 1 set of reloads and 1 set of Lake City (LC-66) 30.06 surplus ammo. The results were interesting ...

Winchester Garand / 4 rounds of LC-66 / Non-Elevated Barrel
2714 2738 2777 2716
Winchester Garand / 4 rounds of LC-66 / Elevated Barrel
2965 2879 2866 2887

Springfield Garand/5 rounds/SMK 150Gr/47.5gr Varget/LC-66 Case/Non-Elevated Barrel
2891 2779 2798 2843 2845
Springfield Garand/5 rounds/SMK 150Gr/47.5gr Varget/LC-66 Case/Elevated Barrel
2948 2940 2940 2951 2977

Winchester Garand/4 rounds/SMK 150Gr/47gr Varget/LC-66 Case/Non-Elevated Barrel
2745 2781 2753 2793
Winchester Garand/4 rounds/SMK 150Gr/47gr Varget/LC-66 Case/Elevated Barrel
2876 2886 2920 2906
 

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an old bullseye shooters trick...course the gunpowders have vastly improved these days...but it still applies

what's funny to me is one of the most frequently used powders for bullseye shooting was bullseye powder...and it fills the case about a badly as any pistol powder I know of.....3.0 grains in a 38 special case and there's still a lot a room in there....

Don't see why it would not apply to rifles....though most rifle powders I use fill the case very well

The tricks of the trade...compeition shooters....always looking for an edge...gotta love 'em
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When Eddybo is picking loads for his rifles he uses quick load software, and he tries to pick the loads that fill the case the most. Yet his mentor Don Geraci will load half case loads. You never know. Sometimes I think it comes down to what you are most comfortable with...What does that have to do with anything? It will keep you calmer and more confident when taking the shot.
 
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