The two light loads were using the 100-grain SWC and 115-grain spitzer, both sized .311" over 3.0 grains of Bullseye, at fifty yards, ten-round groups, target has a 3" bullseye.
SWC loads highest velocity 899, lowest 818, average 840fps.
Spitzer loads highest 781, lowest 729, average 760fps. That extra 15 grains in the bullet did pull it down a bit.
I still get a bit of a giggle-fit at times when pulling the trigger on a 1903 produces a mild 'bang' and about as much recoil as a .22 while creating groups like this.
For straight practice, I'd go with the spitzers; with my dies(Lee) they're a lot easier to get seated evenly at the depth I want than the SWCs. For pest control around a garden/farm/whatever, I'd go with the SWCs; that flat nose would, I think, work a lot better for putting them down. I do need to find a set of .30-06 dies of different brand to try, see if the SWC problem is with the bullet length and shape, or something about the dies.
Also had a few .30-30 loaded with the SWC over 2.5 grains of Bullseye, which produced this:
On the project rifle, in no particular order:
Capable of fine accuracy.
Since they don't make one, I need to get a grind-to-fit Limbsaver pad and modify to fit; few rounds hunting, no big deal; bunch of rounds in cold blood from a bench, for my shoulder at times, problem. I had a Limbsaver slip-on in the range servant, otherwise I'd have been in trouble.
I looked at the ballistics charts Federal has for their factory ammo, they show very little difference in trajectory between the 185-grain and 200-grain bullet loads; at least in this rifle, the hell there's not. A zero with the 200-grain at 100 yards had the 185 hitting right at 6" high. I really need to find a longer range to use for some shots, only way to know exactly how these things will perform at longer distances.
I took along some handloads made from Winchester and Federal .308 brass formed to .338, using Varget and 200-grain Speer softpoints; they shot nicely.
No, I didn't pull that target or take a picture. Blame it on getting really hot and worn at that point; once summer got here, it really did.
Thus ends my report for the day.