So does extreme spread really matter? Everything you read says it does. When I reload I certainly am looking for consistency, because how else can you have accuracy? But some things defy logic. I tagged along with a friend to his gun club on Monday. The weather was unbelievable here in the Mid-West. He wanted to Chrony some new loads and I some old ones. I have an older 35Rem that just loves the Lyman 204gr bullet mould #358315. I have a very nice shooting load using 2400 powder. I just recently swapped scopes on the rifle, so I thought this was the perfect time to re-zero and check bullet speed. I have also been working on a new load for my .41mag FG. This would be a good time to clock it as well. The results were surprising to say the least. The 41mag had an amazing extreme spread of 37fps with an average velocity of 1860fps. The accuracy was what you’d expect with such a uniform load. The big surprise came when we clocked the 35Rem. It turned in an average of 1752fps with a terrible extreme spread of 224fps. With numbers like these you’d think hitting a 55gal drum at 50 yards would be tough, but not so with this rifle. Most guys would be happy if their lever guns shot jacket bullets, as well as this shoots home made cast bullets. Attached are the pictures of both groups fired from these rifles after they were chronographed. The 35rem group is no fluke. It shoots like this all the time if I do my part. My only explanation…maybe the Chrony had an inaccurate reading on one shot, but the whole 5 shot string had a lot of variance, so I kind of doubt it.