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Finding a load....Powder vs. Bullet.....Help Needed

 
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Old 12-27-2010, 08:20 PM
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Finding a load....Powder vs. Bullet.....Help Needed

So we have finally gotten all of our reloading supplies and I am about to start loading for 220 Swift, 300 Win Mag, and 30-378 Weatherby Mag. I've got a few powders and bullets to try but what is everyones suggestions on how to find the right load. Do I start using one bullet and go until I found a powder it likes then try different bullets? Try different bullets with one powder? Thanks for any help.
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Old 12-27-2010, 08:55 PM
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Re: Finding a load....Powder vs. Bullet.....Help Needed

Figure out a plan then go to work.

Keep the targets with load data written on them and keep good records.

I start with several reloading manuals and get an idea of the MV range I want with a certain weight and type bullet and what powders give me that.

A little reading will tell you what powders, what primers and what bullets "tend" to work best. Notice I said tend.

DO NOT start at someone elses magic load that is max charge weight or over just because it works in his gun.

I load at max mag COAL if magazine gun to start.

I use a chrono to ensure I am hitting my MV range and not above or below.

Here is an older post on a way to do it, Jerry Teo has another good post.


Tuning a Load (part 2)

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Re: Finding a load....Powder vs. Bullet.....Help Needed

Change just one component at a time. First select the bullet you intend to hunt with. Then read reloading manual and find a powder you might have on hand or will purchase. Stay with one primer. Start with powder charge 10% below recommended. Go up .5 grs at a time, load three cases at each amount, shoot them at 100 yds and select the best one. Then work on OAL beginning with one that will fit magazine and not quite touch lands. Seat deeper, shooting three at a time. Select the best OAL, and you should have a good load. If you have a chronograph, use it each time you test loads. Try for the MV you want, but stay in safe limits.
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Re: Finding a load....Powder vs. Bullet.....Help Needed

Ladder test.

Find the node.





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Re: Finding a load....Powder vs. Bullet.....Help Needed

Also, do I just start with one powder and find where it shoots the best or do i try 2 different ones?
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Also, do I just start with one powder and find where it shoots the best or do i try 2 different ones?
Stay with one powder until you find out if it is going to work in your load combination.
Then you can try another powder.
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Old 01-03-2011, 11:00 AM
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Re: Finding a load....Powder vs. Bullet.....Help Needed

Thanks for the info and help guys. Anyone have any other suggestions or tips?
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