Former OL Shooting Editor Jim Carmichel shot the world-record group in ****Light Varmint Benchrest. Current Shooting Editor John B. Snow sits down with Carmichel to get his take on rifle cleaning, pet loads, breaking in barrels, and more.
Q: What is your pet load?**
A: I'm often asked this but the fact is that I've never had a "pet" load. Like most bench shooters I'm likely to change my powder charge or even the powder itself during the course of a tournament, depending on such variables as temperature and other atmospheric conditions. I experiment with different powders and may switch between two or three while prepping for a tournament. A shooter who thinks he has discovered his ultimate "pet" load is only fooling himself because there isn't any such thing. But in case you really want to know, it's no secrete that the day I set the new record I was using about 29.5 grains of Vihtavouri 133 powder behind a 68 grain Hottenstein bullet, Federal 205 Gold Medal primers and cases I had modified from Lapua .220 Russian brass.