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Unread 02-07-2011, 12:23 PM
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Re: Velocity=Pressure?

that makes sense did not think about the bullet being long gone when the screens moved
I was reading on here somewhere and it said if the screens are moving it could give false reading.
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Unread 02-07-2011, 06:07 PM
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Re: Velocity=Pressure?

Make sure you're accounting for true muzzle velocity, to compare expected velocities.
Here's a helpful thread on that: True muzzle velocity
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Unread 02-07-2011, 10:53 PM
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Re: Velocity=Pressure?

One other factor that has not been mentioned yet in the "velocity / pressure" question is the effect of the burn rate of the powder.

If your powder is too fast, it will create a pressure spike early in the bullets progression down the bore, then begin to taper off. That is why using a powder that is too fast will give you pressure indications, but velocities may be low. So in that case, more pressure does not equal more velocity.

Another way to get a pressure spike is if you have a tight neck chamber which does not allow the case neck to expand and release the bullet. This situation can give you fits with pressure signs, while at the same time producing low velocities.
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Unread 02-07-2011, 11:04 PM
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Re: Velocity=Pressure?

I am not seeing any signs of pressure
Im running a max load according to hodgen
but my vel is about 200 fps low so I thought I had read somewhere
that it was safe to go hotter since I have not reached max Velocity yet
but then I am aware that 200 fps is not a whole lot in the grand scale of things
I am just trying to understand what this chrono info is telling me and what I can do to improve things
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