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One of the reasons I've enjoyed this forum and the .277 wlv is the process has allowed me the opportunity to learn and I mean learn a lot of new things. I was reading this past weekend some of the odd post from the early days of the wolverine and read posts about a "node". Well not knowing exactly what this was I looked it up and stumbled across a few articles by Chris Long and Dan Newberry. I was fascinated by their theories on hand loads and barrel harmonics. Accurate loading is so much more than just finding a load that groups the closest.

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I just read that last night (night shift). Vey interesting.

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Agreed!  Funny story: Back in the mid '80s, I was temporarily assigned to provide TMDE (Test, Measurement, and Diagnostic Equipment/Engineering) support for several DoD ranges in TX/NM. I'm a degreed engineer with a passion for shooting and ballistics; this was a dream assignment.  We tested and measured everything from BB-guns to Artillery to Missiles (including the first successful launch of an underwater cruise missile off the coast of CA to impact a target in NM).  At one point, the engineers "proved" the virtual impossibility of hitting a "head sized target" with a rifle at some given range (best I recall it was only 300~400 m).  When you take into account ALL the 1,000s of variables of the rifle, ammunition, weather, human elements, internal ballistics, external ballistics, if the bullet hits a bug in flight, etc. - it SHOULD be mathematically impossible to do what we accomplish everyday.  It gave me a whole new appreciation and amazement for putting 5 bullets in a target at 100-yards that you can cover with a nickel (or less).
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