Written by Sierra Ballistic Technician Paul Box
One question I hear over and over on our 800 line is “My rifle’s throat is too long to allow me to seat close to the rifling. I won’t get any accuracy will I?”
In truth the answer can be yes…..and no. It all depends on the diameter of your rifles throat. If the throat diameter is .001-.003” over the bullet diameter, the answer is yes. In all likelihood, it will be a good shooter in spite of having to jump the bullet a long ways. If on the other hand if your throat happens to be .004-.006” wider than bullet diameter, then it might be picky as to what style of bullet it will shoot. Boattails might not ever give you the accuracy you’re looking for, but often time a flat base will settle this rifle down and be the shooter you’re looking for.