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Where does your pet load fall?

 
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:21 PM
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Re: Where does your pet load fall?

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

Yes, in 1 caliber. By the current edition of a popular reloading manual, I have one load that is over the line. The load started out well under Max and incrementally worked up to present day while watching for pressure signs. When signs of excess pressure started to show, that load is now backed off slightly and shoots quite well. It is now 1.3% over the current book. Incidentally, I was recently shown a much older edition of the same reloading manual. In that book, I am within limits. One would think if the powder was changed that much over time, it would be renamed. I chalk it up to lawyers dumbing down the population.


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

I load for accuracy as long as velocity is within a desired velocity range and that velocity range is realistic.


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

As long as there are no pressure signs and accuracy doesn't suffer. I would like all my loads to go 6000 FPS but that isn't realistic. You have to keep your head screwed on straight about this stuff otherwise it could lead to losing your head - literally.
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Old 09-03-2012, 04:46 PM
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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?

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.
1. No, have not found one yet.
2. You bet!
3. Not how I start out, but so far that's what has worked.
4. As long as it's accurate I'm happy.
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Old 09-03-2012, 05:19 PM
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Re: Where does your pet load fall?

1) Yes-in cartridges that are underloaded for older rifles.
2) No-If I'm using a magnum cartridges I expect magnum velocities, and the accuracy to take advantage of the extra velocity.
3) No-Even published "max" varies. I may be over in one book, but just right in another. If I'm getting good case life, no pressure signs, and the chronograph indicates I'm in the range I expect I'm OK.
4) No-I travel and I expect a load to be safe in extremes. If a load shoots great, but runs the ragged edge of pressure in moderate conditions, it's not one I'll use on an August hunt in the desert.
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Old 09-03-2012, 05:28 PM
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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.
Cottage cheese comes in pints and quarts so lid size can vary alot.

I like mine with a bit of salt and pepper.......
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Old 09-03-2012, 05:37 PM
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1. Do you have pet loads that exceed the Max published data?
No. I don't like playing with fire so to speak. But I compare data across multiple references....

2. Do you load for accuracy and let the velocity be what it'll be?
Always. I seldom use a chrongraph. If I need one I have to borrow one....

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

4. Do you load for the most velocity you can get out of your particular rifle?
No. Not into shooting rifling out. I'm more about bullet shape and weight versus speed and extreme long range is a fantasy around here.

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.
I may be in the minority, but thats me I guess.....
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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?

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.

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

yes, but only marginally- I use some rounds like the 7stw that don't always have published data for certain combinations- if and when it becomes available it is usually within a grain- if not I'll alter my charge to adhere to the published data's velocity

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

yes and no; I will not tolerate several hundred fps low, but if it's within 100 fps or so I don't worry


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

yes-- with published data-- if not published I use the cartridges capability as a baseline for where I go-- you know dang well that safe loads really aren't going many hundred fps over average book speed for a caliber


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


no, but I do push over the threshold I have in mind if the loads are unpublished (as with mil-surp. powders) to assure safety. I won't use a load without at least a few percent headroom



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.[/QUOTE]
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Old 09-03-2012, 06:49 PM
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[QUOTE=boomtube;687353]"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.

QUOTE]


got a chuckle out of that one since I had a primer failure toss gas in my face today with my 7stw with a published load.
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