berger load question

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by shooterpunk2, Nov 12, 2008.

  1. shooterpunk2

    shooterpunk2 Well-Known Member

    Apr 16, 2008
    Hey guys, I just got some load info from Berger for my .308. I compared the load info to Hodgdons and its very different. For Berger's 168 gr VLD it has a max charge of 42.5, but in Hodgdon's it has a max of 46 grains for a 168 Sierra HPBT. I realize these are different bullets, but it doesnt seem like max charges should be that different. What do yo guys think?
  2. KRP

    KRP Well-Known Member

    Dec 25, 2007
    Remember that not only are the bullets different but the rifle/barrel they tested them in are different. The primer, brass and lot of powder they used was probably different as well. Either of those loads may be too much for your rifle so work up to them.

  3. Derek M.

    Derek M. Well-Known Member

    Jul 12, 2004
    I've had Walt email me load data for several calibers. In each one I was able to get more powder than what they listed.

    Load data is a guide. You have to add powder for YOUR rifle until you find out what max is in YOUR rifle.

    Example: in my 7 rem mag, 168 VLD, I think they topped out at 70.4 grains of Retumbo. I got 73.0 grains without a problem. And, I think that was about all that would fit in the case.