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Hello from Flagstaff AZ,
I just wanted to get some input from some experienced reloaders/shooters on Bullet seating depth on a Howa 1500 22-250.
22-250 Remington typically runs 2.350" in cartridge length(some shorter) but we all know that every rifle is unique when obtaining that rifles bullet seating depth before touching the rifling. However, I have been reloading for a few years now and have determined my rifle can accept a cartridge length of 2.450 (depending on the bullet make and model) before touching the rifling. Thats .100 longer than the recommended max cartridge length according to Speers 13 edition reloading manual.
Has anyone else determined similar findings from their rifle? Ive heard of some rifles accepting .020" to .040" in length more compared to factory ammo. Does anyone else consider this odd? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
My findings were based on Hornady 22 caliber 52 grain boat tail Hollow Point with 38 grains of Hodgdon 380. My groups at 100 yards were within 5/8 moa. I have no doubt the rifle can shoot 1/2 moa, technique I need to work on. And, I m not feeling any signs of over pressure, Im just questioning the significant difference in actual length vs recomended.
Thanks again
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Seating depth will varry from bullet to bullet and the chamber neck. My howa seats a little long also. Will check specifics when I get home tomarow.
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Its all rifle and bullet specific. different bullets will be longer or shorter in the same rifle. also the same bullet will be longer and shorter in different (same make/model) rifles.  So just seat it to where it shoots great and feeds properly.
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I agree with what has been said.  I personally don't pay much attention to seating depth, as long as the bullet is seating properly in the case (enough bullet in the case neck).  More often than not your magazine length  will dictate your max COAL.  I try to stay within .005 of the lands and adjust powder charges and watch pressure signs.  
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