Originally Posted by robert6715
Hodgdons start load for h1000 and a 225 is 104 gr. That load is for a partion, but should be close enough for your speer.
Hodgdons max load is 111 gr of h1000.
I understand being l ary of shooting it more, but dented shoulders and sooty cases are clasic light load symptoms. not enough pressure to seal the case to the chamber.
Was your chamber cut to saami spec with freebore? If so you are surely underloaded.
Hope this helps Rob
Well, dang, nothing ventured, nothing gained, I guess. I got back in my book, Hornady 8th Edition, and the load I built is on the light side of middle of the road. Online Hogdon, like you said, starts at 104, so I guess I'll try again. Seems odd Hornady published this info, but it is Hogdon powder. Reckon they ought to know. I have some other rounds with 94grs of Hybrid 100V, which is still not a hot load. Maybe better results will occur. What load do you use, Rob? As far as I know, smith used a standard reamer, I certainly did not specify any different, and from what I read, he got the reamer really quick. I've asked him about the freebore(same as throat, is that right), but never got an answer, and kept forgetting to ask again, and ultimatly decided I'd figure it out on my own. I do think the chamber is a touch short. My fl die does toggle. I had anticipated backing it f just a touch, and neck dize only till necessary to bump the shoulder