with emphasis on trying out more cast loads in the Garand, plus some target loads I'd put together, oh, a few years back and forgotten about.
For those interesting, here's the load tried today: 32.0 grains of IMR4895 pushing a 200-grain Lee gas-check bullet-lubed with Liquid Alox- in HXP, PS(Korean), Lake City, and Federal brass.
Short version: the load in HXP and PS brass shoots well(about 3-3.5" at 100 yards), the LC and Federal not good at all. Also tried using H4895 in HXP cases, also not good; this rifle likes HXP and PS brass the most with these loads.
The range was busy, but finally had a chance to set up the Chrony and check these loads: averaged 1750fps, slower than I'd expected. These loads have one very consistent thing: the first shot will eject the brass, but won't cycle the bolt far enough back to pick up the second round; all after that it does. Between that and the velocity, going to up the charge 0.5 grain and see how it does.
I also need to find some cotton or other natural fiber netting for the shell catcher; the cases are hot enough that if one falls with the neck laying on the nylon, it'll melt it. And the stuff is a bitch to get off the brass.
The target loads? A 170-grain boattail match bullet(pulldowns, bought years ago) over 43.0 of IMR4895. What'll it do at 100 yards?
Yeah, I'm happy with it.
These are in WRA military brass; need to load a few each in some others and see if they'll match it, as I don't have many of these.
Windy as bleep today, which probably affected my accuracy on the cast loads, but still got results I can work with.