Load Development?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by gamehauler, Nov 27, 2008.

  1. gamehauler

    gamehauler Well-Known Member

    Dec 8, 2007
    Looking for some good reads on getting started.
    I have been loading now for about 6 months and
    have done some minor builds on 3 guns.
    (Stocks, Beds, Triggers, Upgraded optics.)
    I know the steps in loading and some of the finner points
    but really do not know how to develop loads.
    When and why is it time to switch components ect.
    I can't walk out my back door and test a load so
    have to load up a few, wait for the weekend to shoot
    come home and do it all over again.
    Not very productive or cost efficient.
    Any articles you may know of would be great.


    BENNYBOOBOO Well-Known Member

    Mar 28, 2008
    Dan Newberry's page called Optimal Charge Weight (OCW) is a good read and explains what you're accomplishing when working up a load. There are also good articles on ladder tests all over the place, just ask google.

    After running a few tests I have found that the OCW method and the ladder method are actually testing the same thing, however I prefer the OCW because it requires a few more rounds, limiting the effect of opperator error during the testing process.

    One more thing, regardless of what caliber you shoot give a read to the new issue of Handloader and check out the .308 Load Developement article. It will offer insight to a great loading process. Although I would be scared to see his receipts for all of the products. Can you say 2nd mortgage?