Choosing a starting point when reloading?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by WEATHERBY460, Apr 12, 2011.

  1. WEATHERBY460

    WEATHERBY460 Well-Known Member

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    How do you guys choose a starting point when reloading...meaning how do you choose a powder and amount?
     
  2. justgoto

    justgoto Well-Known Member

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    I refer to my reloading manuals.
     

  3. cfvickers

    cfvickers Well-Known Member

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    I look at a loading manual to see what range of burn rate I am looking for, Look in my cabinet where I have 31 different powders (currently) and look at which gets the best velocity, and which is generally most accurate. and a second place on both fronts. Then I see which I have. I usually don't start at the bottom, but somewhere in the middle on charge weight unless there is little room. I get my recommended max charge from the average of 3 sources if I can. Always wary of a single source. I check manuals then I check the reloading sites to see what others are maxing out with. Not to go over Max, but to make sure when I go 2-2.5 grains under manual maximum, that I remain firmly in the safe zone. I will then load start there and load 3 rounds in .5 grain increments alternating up.5 and down .5 from my starting point.
     
  4. SLOAN

    SLOAN Well-Known Member

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    Accuracy load printed in hornadys manual, gets me close.Better yet keeps me safe.. Besafe.......