Originally Posted by cavtrooper94
My hornady manual says 73.3 grains is danger close with the 225 grain SST. Is there that much difference between a 225 grain SST and the Noslers that allow you to use so much more powder.
I have seen so many variations in max loads that I take every recent manuals info with a large grain of salt!
I work up to max in MY RIFLE. I will load to the max taken in several manuals, if it's 5gr's more as in this case, I carefully work up to max closely watching for any pressure signs, excessively flattened primers, ejector marks, primer cratering and hard bolt lift. I had none of these signs with this load and a few 225gr bullets.
I have also noticed that a lot of data for the 338 does not approach a compressed powder charge, why this is I'm not sure, but I have had very uniform velocities and pressures with compressed loads in this calibre, moreso than non compressed loads.
You can only try it carefully in your rifle and see how it pans out, it was perfectly safe in my rifle, and obviously in the Speer test barrel!