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You're there I'd say and I'd second your on 66.6gr load accurate and you've backed away from the pressure limitation and your velocity is good. From what I've seen with Accubonds, they do like to be seated long, but you can play with that when you get back. Your velocity is solid and I wouldn't try to go faster than that with AB's anyway. The only negative I've read about them is related to having too high an impact velocity.
Have a great hunt!
I was originally hoping for 3000fps so 2923 is close enough.
I will seat the bullets longer next time to see if that helps to tighten the groups. With a bit of playing around I found that my Tikka T3 in 270win if I seated 10 thou off the lands and that gives me a ragged hole at 150 yards. I have found that some bullets/rifles like a bit of a jump, some like it nearly touching the lands.
unless you are shooting at extreme ranges 1 to 1 1/2" accuracy is hunting accuracy. we all get a little OCD looking for sub 1" loads but the reality is even a 2" group works for big game out to 200 yds. (6" vital zone) if you are hunting small varmints things are different
I agree that 1 1/2" group at 100 yards is generally speaking fine for most animals, but near the top of my list are some of the tiny species. Common duiker, grysbuck, steenbuck, they have a smaller vital area maybe smaller than 6"?
Also when I am at home a smaller muntjac deer has vitals of less than 6" also. So the tighter the group the better. I am also going for chamois in the French alps in November, they are a small animal plus the average shot is >200 yards, sometimes further!!! A 1 1/2" group at 100 is 4 1/2" at 300 yards. Could result in a wounded or lost animal, which nobody wants!