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Where does your pet load fall?

 
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Old 08-21-2012, 04:08 PM
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Where does your pet load fall?

1. Do you have pet loads that exceed the Max published data?

2. Do you load for accuracy and let the velocity be what it'll be?

3. Do you load for accuracy as long as it's under the max?

4. Do you load for the most velocity you can get out of your particular rifle?


Not interested in debating the right or wrong of it. Please no load data it could upset some people. Wish I could make this a poll but I don't know how.
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Old 08-21-2012, 04:12 PM
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Re: Where does your pet load fall?

1. Yes, I have some that do and some that are well under.

2. I load for accuracy first and for most. I won't even take a crony with me when testing loads.

3. No

4. Definitely not
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Old 08-21-2012, 04:48 PM
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Re: Where does your pet load fall?

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1. Yes, I have some that do and some that are well under.

2. I load for accuracy first and for most. I won't even take a crony with me when testing loads.

3. No

4. Definitely not
Pretty much identical. I might have a chrony with me when determining max load. If my velocities are uncomfortably high, I stop regardless of pressure signs. Velocity doesn't much concern me if the load won't hit a cottage cheese lid at 150 yards.
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Re: Where does your pet load fall?

Mine is identical to yours, I have a 257 Roberts with a 24" barrel that will push an 80 grain Barnes TTSX 3350fps with 41 grains of h4895 and no signs of pressure. Hodgdon max load is 40.8 grains at 3281fps. But hey I ain't complainin.
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Re: Where does your pet load fall?

"1. Do you have pet loads that exceed the Max published data?"

No. But if I did I wouldn't admit it, there are immature people following these posts.


"4. Do you load for the most velocity you can get out of your particular rifle?"

Yes, If I can't get good accuracy at max speeds I'll change bullets or powders until I do. If I was satisfied with .223 speeds outta my .22-250 I'd have gotten a .223 to start with, etc.
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Old 08-22-2012, 12:33 AM
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Re: Where does your pet load fall?

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1. Do you have pet loads that exceed the Max published data?
very few and not by much

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2. Do you load for accuracy and let the velocity be what it'll be?
often

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3. Do you load for accuracy as long as it's under the max?
usually, I look for the highest accuracy node below max

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4. Do you load for the most velocity you can get out of your particular rifle?
occasionally
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:37 AM
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Re: Where does your pet load fall?

Depends on the rifle, some I push hard, some I don't. Accuracy is paramount always. Some rifles say hi vel 22's I'll keep after it till I get the accuracy and vel I want, same with the long range rig. My everyday hunting rigs, consistency is even more important than accuracy, meaning that if it shoots moa or better I want it to do that every time year round regardless of conditions, I want to know that.
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