Originally Posted by twoftagl
Greetings! New here, and first time working up a rifle load.
With all the variables, I wanted to make sure I have a decent methodology so I don't wear out the barrel by the time I find something that works. I really like Jason Baney's approach on powder, but with all the other components being a variable, it doesn't seem too feasible to run a full test for each combination.
My big question is whether to test the bullet or powder first?
I'm thinking the chances of getting a bullet that just doesn't want to behave in my barrel are slim, so pick a good bullet (s) and do a load workup on the powder? Would that be a good guess?
After the powder, then primer?
Thanks for your help!
I have never heard of doing one thing until it shoots the best....then changing another of the components you just used.....then another. Try them all with a particular bullet that you want to use. If it won't shoot the way you want then start again with a different bullet. Mine way in simple terms....First look at my book for what has worked in the most different rifles.
OAL to fit in the magazine and not touch the rifling.
Two different brands of primers (I would use Mag in a WM) and probably 4-5 different powders with three different weights for each type of powder.
New brass and neck sized brass.
Then pick the best 4-5 loads...and start adjusting powder weight and seating depth.
All different powder and primer loads are chronographed.
Then just narrow it down in smaller adjustments. You should know what velocity and accuracy are best for you situation within 100 rounds pretty easily.