I've noticed a lot of talk about "shooting ladders" to aid in load development. I have done this a time or two in the past, but it has never been an effective method for me. Much like Catshooter has stated so well on another post... the statistical evidence of anything is often hard to distinguish. Also, I'm not concerned about a load that creates a "node" with sub-par velocities, I'm looking to get the most velocity I can out of my particular chambering... then I'll go get the accuracy I require. I'm not trying to bash the ladder method... it's just a little too complicated for me and I'm just curious what other methods of load development some of you other guys on this forum use. This is what I usually do: -I start by selecting a bullet and 3 appropriate powders (ie... RE-22, H4831, N560) -I then load 3 rounds with each powder at 4 different charges up to book max (ie... 54.0,54.5,55.0,55.5) -I fire these at 200 yds over the chrony for velocity (and all the byproducts... ES, SD, Avg. MV) and simply make note of the accuracy. Any load that shoots over 2" @ 200 is thrown out... I'm looking for a load that "wants to shoot". -After I know the fastest I can safely load each powder, I use that load and move the seating depth around by +/-.005" until I reach acceptable accuracy levels. I've found this method of load development much easier and more effective than shooting a ladder. This method only requires 36 rounds to complete, and I have always found a load that provides maximum velocity with excellent accuracy... even out of factory guns. It also allows for some fine tuning of OAL to maximize accuracy. I noticed when I shot a ladder, then adjusted seating depth the results of the ladder changed drastically (anyone else ever try this?).