Yesterday I was ladder testing the 208gr A-max with H414 starting at 44.8 and ending at 47.2grains. 3 shots in these had a noticeable double explosion; two distinctive bangs, it sounded almost like a flintlock.
The shots hit the target as I would have expected, maybe a little off but I had no 2 inch spread as I had thought was going to happen.
I read about "hang-fires" from too little powder and was wondering if my problem was too little powder. The charges were medium loads. I was going to try larger charges, but thought it better to make a post before I loaded more cartridges.
Yes it did. I had one more hang-fire which was on the second shot of the ladder test; it was so slight I don't think I would have noticed it if I wasn't looking for it. The load I settled for is about 1.5 grains more than the last hang-fire. I have shot 10 cartridges with the 49.8gr charge with no problems whatsoever.