Ok, as I have started all of my previous posts, I would like to mention that I am new to reloading, so take that into consideration when answering please. I have got some great responses from several of you, but some responses go right over my head, so please keep it simple.
I'm getting ready to dump powder and go shooting for the first time with my own hand loads and would like some input on different methods for working up loads.
As well, can I get your opinions on the following method for working up a load. A local gunsmith suggested I try this...
He said to follow the load data from my manual (Nosler #6 for a 300 WSM
180Gr. Ballistic Silver-tip), using the components of my choice (W760 powder, CCI Magnum Primers, once fired and FL resized Winchester nickel plated cases). Note: Nosler lists 3 loads using W760 - 60Gr, 62Gr & 64Gr (Max.).
He suggested I start with the middle load & work up loads in 1 Gr, increments to the Max. load, 3 rounds each. I have read, that you should work up 1/2 Gr. increments, his opinion was that with a larger rifle 1/2 Gr increments were a waste of time & components.
At the range, shoot a factory load similar to what I am reloading (Winchester 180 Gr Ballistic Silver-tips), & measure the diameter of the case (before & after) with a micrometer above the head, recording the difference.
Now begin shooting the hand loads taking the same measurements @ the head as with the factory round. The idea was to work up the ladder using the diameter expansion of the fired factory case as a yard stick in comparison with the reloads to determine when you are approaching the pressure threshold.
I wish I had written down his instructions, they made total sense at the time but now I can not remember them clearly enough to be comfortable with it. But, he also mentioned something about pulling a bullet on a factory round and putting the powder that I am using in place of the factory powder, seating the bullet... shooting it and measuring the head... I don't remember exactly what the reasoning was behind that, I think it was to record the "factory" case expansion with the hand load powder.
Anyway, does this make any sense to any of you? I'm pretty sure he was following a method of Ken Waters, he mentioned his books (Pet Loads & Notebook) several times. I need to track them down.
Opinions, suggestions, regarding working up a "starter load" for a newbie would be welcomed.