Do you want your rifle to shoot to it's greatest potential? Have a custom load developed for it!!! What is Custom Load Development? Custom load development is where you give me the rifle, you tell me what bullet you want to shoot, I make the test ammunition, and take it to the range and I make it shoot!! What this does is tune the ammunition to the barrel harmonics of YOUR rifle. Factory ammunition uses 1 bullet and their powder for ammo. If you want to shoot that bullet and it doesn't shoot well, you have to go to something else. I will tune the ammunition with the bullet of your choice and optimum powder to your rifle for top accuracy! I load up about 25-30 rounds of test ammunition with the bullet seated to your rifles chamber (or magazine box for proper feeding) for maximum accuracy. Powder charges will be consistent to .02 grains on a precision digital scale, which is 1 kernel of powder (most scales are only good to +/- .1 grain at best). Ammunition will be match grade hunting ammunition. When testing, all ammunition will be chronographed with the latest technology chronograph, a Lab Radar. This unit is a small doppler radar, like used for weather, that tracks the back of the bullet out to 250 yards. Lab Radar LINK
Pricing can vary depending on caliber and ammunition components. If you have a basic caliber with basic components, base pricing is $260 for custom load development. This includes all test ammunition, range time, range fees, zeroing rifle, drive time, loading time, chronograph data (bullet speed), and trajectory charts. Basic calibers would be all your common hunting calibers, like 300WM, 308 Win, 270 Win, 25-06, etc. If you have an exotic caliber, please contact me for pricing. I have done load work up on everything from 338 Lapua, 50 BMG, 375 and 408 Chey Tac, 375 H&H, 458 SOCOM, 505 Gibbs, and many other exotic calibers. Ammunition is priced out separately per 100 rounds, and is not included in the base price of load development.
I will guarantee less than MOA ( less than ~1" at 100, ~2" at 200, 3" at 300, etc) on all load development with a quality rifle and quality scope. Most factory rifles shoot about 1/2 to 3/4 MOA. Most of my custom rifles shoot about 1/3 moa to 1/2 MOA. I test all ammunition at 200 or 300 yards.
The main thing I hear from my customers that have had a custom load developed is CONFIDENCE! They now have the confidence in their rifle, scope, and ammunition to make good, quality shots. I have had multiple customers be able to take game at much longer distances than they ever thought they could with success on high end hunts. You spend a lot of money on a hunt of a life-time. Why not spend the few extra dollars on a custom load with match grade hunting ammo tuned to your rifle??!!
Here is a video of a custom load developed with a factory 257 Weatherby and 100 grain Barnes TSX shot at 200 yards. The video was shot with my CED M2 chrono, but I now use a Lab Radar. Diamonds are 1.5" corner to corner.
Here are a few pictures of some targets I have shot that shows the accuracy of the rifles and what the test groups are doing.
This target below is of a custom 243 Win shooting a 115 DTAC. This was shot at 300 yards. This was a custom rifle. But it shows a perfect, text book reading of what the groups do when tuning in a rifle.
Load A- center diamond- you can see the group is open, and not very tight. I shot only 4 rounds, since I knew this was not going to be the best load. Load B- Top left- 3 nice and tight, but had 2 rounds string up, which tells me I am close to the sweet spot, but Load B is not it. Load C- Top Right- 1" at 300 yards!! This is the load! It's nice and tight, and well centered group. 5 rounds in 1" at 300 yards, that's it! Load D- Lower left- I pasted the sweet spot, and groups opened up, and I stopped shooting, since Load C was it.
9/15/15- Date 2 more custom 6.5 Creedmoor and 6.5-284 Norma, both shooting 140 grain Berger VLD-H at 200 yards.
Load D shot best on both rifles. Both rifles were shot on the same target at 200 yards. 6.5 CM on the top half of the target, and 6.5-284 on the bottom half of the target.
Top half- 6.5 CM 140 VLD-H Load A- shot in the lower middle- 2661 fps avg with 15 fps ES (Extreme spread). running a little slow, and stringing up and down Load B- Low left, 2680 fps, 43 ES, groups a little open Load C- Top left on shoot N See, 2709 fps, 27 ES, still a little open Load D- Top center- 2727 fps and 17 ES!!! This is it. The load dialed in nice and tight (except the one I pulled, which I don't want to talk about!!!), with a low ES. Load E- Top right, 2741 fps, 17 ES, the group opens up some and strings, telling me I have passed my sweet spot.
6.5-284 Norma with 140 Berger VLD-H (lower half of target) Load A- middle- 2790 fps, groups stringing up and down Load B- Top left- 2796 fps 20 ES, groups stringing up and down and I only shot 3 rounds, since I knew this was not going to be the best load. Load C- Bottom left, 2835 fps, 17 ES, groups tightening up, but still stringing, and getting closer to the right load. Load D- Top right group, 2866 fps, 10 ES, That's 4 rounds in the same hole at 200 yards!!! The 5th round, I tried to WILL it in, and I f'd it up. Load E- Bottom right, 2880 fps, 43 ES, groups string again, telling me I past the accuracy node, and my ES went way up.
Here's another 2 examples, very similar to the target above. Both of these test loads were shot at 300 yards.