Introduction and Load Density Question

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by scoutm, Jun 24, 2009.

  1. scoutm

    scoutm Well-Known Member

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    First, I would like to say hello. I’ve been a lurker for a while spending most of my on-line time on other forums but decided to sign up and post on this site as there is so much valuable information shared here. So, first and foremost thanks for sharing all the great information.

    I would also like to pose what hopefully will be a quick question. I’m new to reloading so bare with me if I’m using terminology incorrectly. I’m working up a load for my favorite rifle – 300 WSM. It’s a very accurate rifle with the right ammo. I’ve found the rifle’s “Sweet Spot” at 2,975 Ft/Second – doesn’t seem to matter what bullet at that speed I’m averaging sub-MOA groups. As I go above or below that speed the groups spread out quite a bit. So now that I have the stage set here’s my issue - I want to shoot the TTSX 168gr Bullet. I’ve chosen two powders H4350 and H4831SC. To get the velocity into the right zone the Load density on the H4350 is low in the lower 80% range - I’m still getting the accuracy but each round sounds like a baby rattle. The H4831SC the load density is very high and I hear a “crunch” when I seat the bullet to the desired depth. So are these issues to be concerned with or should I just run with it. As Powder is so hard to come by I’d really prefer not to try to find a powder between these two. Any recommendations? Is either issue really an issue?
     
  2. boomtube

    boomtube Well-Known Member

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    When something works, shoot it.
     

  3. britz

    britz Well-Known Member

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    hello and welcome.

    IMHO a compressed load has a major disadvantage... if you have low neck tension you will have a hard time getting a consistent seating depth. Generally speaking the better powders for a given bullet cartridge combination will usually be pretty full. However, as boomtube said if it works it works.

    ALso, it is not a good idea to use a powder that fills the case only partly full due to the possibility of having a poorly ignited load. This can actually lead to excessive pressure believe it or not! I've heard of cartridges like the 243 having this problem with certain powders.

    Most of the loads I shoot out of my factory rifles will have some wiggle room (more than I would have expected, but not so much to be dangerous).

    Also, as far as the sweet spot goes, it has more to do with the specific pressures and vibrations of you rifle than the velocity. All of these change with the smallest alteration. Even if you have a load that preforms extremely well with a (example) 180 grain ballistic tip, switching to an accubond will change some pressures due to the slightly different jacket. and switching to a Sierra or a Berger of the same weight will definately change things up. But, if your particular loads tested better at 2975, than so be it as long as your not overloading and pushing the limits ;)
     
  4. Winchester 69

    Winchester 69 Well-Known Member

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    You can check your compressed rounds' length after they've been in a magazine or sat awhile. If you want better compaction, you can tap on the case before seating the bullet. Another method is to dispense the powder through a long drop tube. However, if there is no downside to your present method, you're essentially seeking the solution to a non-problem.
     
  5. scoutm

    scoutm Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the comments. It sounds like in a gray area between what's working and potential problems. I will keep and eye on them to see if either end of my issue really becomes an issue.