200 yard, three shot groups...
Same day, same rifle, same shooter...
Custom, rifle-specific, hand-loaded ammunition
The photo above illustrates the best reason to use custom ammunition - which is that it can be tuned to the BEST LOADING for YOUR rifle - and then reloaded to maintain that accuracy!
These two groups were fired from the same .25 WSSM. Both groups were shot using premium 100 grain bullets. The difference between the two groups is in the type and amount of powder and seating depth of the bullet. If you were shooting only the load on the right to determine this rifle's accuracy, you would come to the conclusion that it was marginal at best. The truth, however, is that this rifle is a real tack driver - WITH THE RIGHT AMMUNITION. The group on the left is less than ¼ inch center to center and that’s at 200 yards! The rifle will do this consistently. Not bad for a Winchester Model 70 Featherweight, or - for that matter - the most expensive, custom-made target rifle you can build!
We can’t get every rifle to shoot this well. But, we can get close to (or under) ½ inch three shot groups at 100 yards the vast majority of the time with our custom load development service.
Another great reason to use custom ammo is because you can get this type of performance with a bullet OF YOUR CHOICE that is best suited for your intended use. This .25 WSSM is a hunting rifle and the bullet is a 100 grain Barnes TSX that leaves the muzzle at almost 3,200 fps. That’s strong medicine for light big game and then some.
If you have a rifle that is not performing to your satisfaction, let us show you the benefits of custom rifle ammunition and reloading!
Accuracy in the field
When you hunt, you put tremendous effort into getting one clean shot. All of that work can be lost by the failure of a few grains of lead and copper. The only physical connection between you and your quarry is the bullet.
The proper bullet for the game you seek is available to you - with NO compromises! Quick, clean and humane kills are the result of matching your round to the game, rifle and conditions of your hunt. At Precise Ammunition, we take full advantage of the outstanding terminal performance of both recently-developed bullets, as well as tried-and-true bullets that have proven themselves throughout the years. We know how to get the most out of all of them.
Finely-tuned accuracy is VERY important in a hunting round. We have heard phrases like “minute of deer” as a description of a rifle that is accurate enough. At Precise Ammunition, our view is NO…IT IS NOT! We even question the standard of 1.5 inches for three rounds at 100 yards (1.5 MOA). Remember that your accuracy IN THE FIELD is affected by many more things than your rifle's ability on a bench. Improving rifle accuracy through load development is one of the easiest ways to reduce variables when in the field.
When shooters say their rifle can shoot better than they can, they overlook the fact that accuracy compromises are cumulative. Regardless of whether caused by conditions, shooting ability, or rifle accuracy, it all adds up.
THE LONG SHOT We do not encourage anyone to take shots that are beyond their capability. With that said, you will find that your ability to make a long shot improves significantly when shooting a more accurate rifle - one that you "know" can shoot under 1MOA. Not just because of the obvious math of your group size, but because you get better feedback when practicing at the range. Then you "know" what you can really do. It’s no longer a question of whether it’s the rifle or you.
As is true of many things in life, a large portion of your ability in making a shot in the field is mental. When you KNOW that the bullet will go where you want it to go if you do your job, then you are more likely to do your job well.
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The bottom line for hunting ammunition is that when you are shooting a very accurate round which is utilizing a bullet that is well-matched to the game you are hunting, you will be confident enough to make that tough shot.
Often times the tough shot is the ONLY one you get. Be prepared for it!
Caribou in velvet taken near Kuujuuak in Nunavik, Quebec
Taken with Precise Ammunition in a Winchester Model 70 Super Grade chambered in .300 Winchester Magnum shooting a Sierra 180 grain GameKing boat-tail leaving the muzzle at 3,175 fps
Mike Thorn (right) with Louis Cusack who hosts a show on Alaska Outdoors TV with Mike's 65 inch bull taken with Precise Ammunition in a 7mm SAUM shooting Barnes 160 grain TSX bullets leaving the muzzle at 2,900 fps!