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No load data for a chosen bullet, now what?

 
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Old 09-20-2013, 10:42 PM
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No load data for a chosen bullet, now what?

Folks, I would like some assistance. I'm certain this has been covered some where, at some point in this wonderful, informative, and yes, entertaining site, but I can not seem to locate the answer to this question: how would you go about SAFELY working up load without any published data? I'm wanting to load the Hornady 285gr BTHP for the 338Lapua Magnum in my 338-378 Weatherby, but I have not found a listing for this application. I think Hodgdon listed a 265gr and 275gr bullet, for the Weatherby, but not the 285. I'm having a difficult time with this; the two cartridges use the same diameter slug, and I'm pretty sure that the bullets don't care which name is used on them. Where do I start? Thinking at the upper end for a given powder of the bullet closest in weight. Am I on track here, or all wrong? I would appreciate some insight from more experienced loaders here.
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Old 09-21-2013, 12:13 AM
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Re: No load data for a chosen bullet, now what?

I have always had good luck calling and or emailing the bullet manufacturer or powder manufacturer. Everyone I have talked to has been very nice and very knowledgable.
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Old 09-21-2013, 12:58 AM
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Re: No load data for a chosen bullet, now what?

Well, darn that is WAY too simple!! Seriously, that is what I will do. Thank you, sir. Feeling kinda sheepish....
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Old 09-21-2013, 10:15 AM
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Re: No load data for a chosen bullet, now what?

If they don't have data simply run her up from another slug's data of similar weight.
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Old 09-21-2013, 10:48 AM
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Re: No load data for a chosen bullet, now what?

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If they don't have data simply run her up from another slug's data of similar weight.
Well, I fired off an email last nite to see what the good folks at Hornady have to say. If they should decline to respond before I get ready, I'll try something like what your saying.
You say similar weight; the closest "similar" I see for that cartridge is 10grs lighter. Do you think I can start at the upper lmit for the lighter bullet? Thanks again.
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Old 09-21-2013, 11:44 AM
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Re: No load data for a chosen bullet, now what?

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Well, I fired off an email last nite to see what the good folks at Hornady have to say. If they should decline to respond before I get ready, I'll try something like what your saying.
You say similar weight; the closest "similar" I see for that cartridge is 10grs lighter. Do you think I can start at the upper lmit for the lighter bullet? Thanks again.

The safe bet is to start at lower to mid range for the bullet/powder.
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Old 09-21-2013, 01:25 PM
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Re: No load data for a chosen bullet, now what?

Check out (or join) the Weatherby forum like this ... http://www.weatherby.dk/showthread.p...target-shoting or contact BROZ, he's a mod there. Maybe he'll chime in.
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