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Switching powders--pressure question

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Unread 07-24-2012, 11:40 AM
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Re: Switching powders--pressure question

Let's correct an erroneous assumption here; published max loads are exactly that, maximum loads. I can't speak for all companies, but for those I've worked with, those max loads listed are indeed true max pressure loads. We have all too often had customers contact us with what they considered their maximum loads, that have proven to be well into proof load territory. Just because the loads aren't showing what the handloader considers to be pressure signs, doesn't necessarily mean that those loads aren't actually quite warm. Just a word to the wise.
Kevin Thomas
Lapua USA
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Unread 07-24-2012, 11:58 AM
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Re: Switching powders--pressure question

Why gamble life and limb to avoid backing down/working up with 5-10 rounds?

Even if it turns out to be a safe load in your rifle, there's no guarantee that max load with one powder will produce the desired accuracy at max load with a different powder.

-- richard
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Unread 07-24-2012, 05:04 PM
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Re: Switching powders--pressure question

I use the H4350 to compete with and 49.5 is the most I have ever loaded with the 142 SMK using a few different tubes. Most of the time settle a little lower than that because it really sucks when shooting a relay in the heat of the day and the bolt gets sticky. Really screws up the bag manners and makes it impossible to win.

BTW what Kevin said above is the truth... I know that there are a lot of know it all's here but what Kevin said is 100% accurate and if you know his background you will be well advised not to tell him he does not know what he is talking about..
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