Where does your pet load fall?

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  1. chucknbach

    chucknbach Well-Known Member

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    1. Do you have pet loads that exceed the Max published data?

    2. Do you load for accuracy and let the velocity be what it'll be?

    3. Do you load for accuracy as long as it's under the max?

    4. Do you load for the most velocity you can get out of your particular rifle?


    Not interested in debating the right or wrong of it. Please no load data it could upset some people. Wish I could make this a poll but I don't know how.
     
  2. chucknbach

    chucknbach Well-Known Member

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    1. Yes, I have some that do and some that are well under.

    2. I load for accuracy first and for most. I won't even take a crony with me when testing loads.

    3. No

    4. Definitely not
     

  3. Mike 338

    Mike 338 Well-Known Member

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    Pretty much identical. I might have a chrony with me when determining max load. If my velocities are uncomfortably high, I stop regardless of pressure signs. Velocity doesn't much concern me if the load won't hit a cottage cheese lid at 150 yards.
     
  4. barnesuser28

    barnesuser28 Well-Known Member

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    Mine is identical to yours, I have a 257 Roberts with a 24" barrel that will push an 80 grain Barnes TTSX 3350fps with 41 grains of h4895 and no signs of pressure. Hodgdon max load is 40.8 grains at 3281fps. But hey I ain't complainin.:D
     
  5. boomtube

    boomtube Well-Known Member

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    "1. Do you have pet loads that exceed the Max published data?"

    No. But if I did I wouldn't admit it, there are immature people following these posts.


    "4. Do you load for the most velocity you can get out of your particular rifle?"

    Yes, If I can't get good accuracy at max speeds I'll change bullets or powders until I do. If I was satisfied with .223 speeds outta my .22-250 I'd have gotten a .223 to start with, etc.
     
  6. rscott5028

    rscott5028 Well-Known Member

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    very few and not by much

    often

    usually, I look for the highest accuracy node below max

    occasionally
     
  7. Joe King

    Joe King Well-Known Member

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    Depends on the rifle, some I push hard, some I don't. Accuracy is paramount always. Some rifles say hi vel 22's I'll keep after it till I get the accuracy and vel I want, same with the long range rig. My everyday hunting rigs, consistency is even more important than accuracy, meaning that if it shoots moa or better I want it to do that every time year round regardless of conditions, I want to know that.
     
  8. Wile E Coyote

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    1. Do you have pet loads that exceed the Max published data?

    Yes, in 1 caliber. By the current edition of a popular reloading manual, I have one load that is over the line. The load started out well under Max and incrementally worked up to present day while watching for pressure signs. When signs of excess pressure started to show, that load is now backed off slightly and shoots quite well. It is now 1.3% over the current book. Incidentally, I was recently shown a much older edition of the same reloading manual. In that book, I am within limits. One would think if the powder was changed that much over time, it would be renamed. I chalk it up to lawyers dumbing down the population.


    3. Do you load for accuracy as long as it's under the max?

    I load for accuracy as long as velocity is within a desired velocity range and that velocity range is realistic.


    4. Do you load for the most velocity you can get out of your particular rifle?

    As long as there are no pressure signs and accuracy doesn't suffer. I would like all my loads to go 6000 FPS but that isn't realistic. You have to keep your head screwed on straight about this stuff otherwise it could lead to losing your head - literally.
     
  9. veeman

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    1. No, have not found one yet.
    2. You bet!
    3. Not how I start out, but so far that's what has worked.
    4. As long as it's accurate I'm happy.
     
  10. HARPERC

    HARPERC Well-Known Member

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    1) Yes-in cartridges that are underloaded for older rifles.
    2) No-If I'm using a magnum cartridges I expect magnum velocities, and the accuracy to take advantage of the extra velocity.
    3) No-Even published "max" varies. I may be over in one book, but just right in another. If I'm getting good case life, no pressure signs, and the chronograph indicates I'm in the range I expect I'm OK.
    4) No-I travel and I expect a load to be safe in extremes. If a load shoots great, but runs the ragged edge of pressure in moderate conditions, it's not one I'll use on an August hunt in the desert.
     
  11. SidecarFlip

    SidecarFlip Well-Known Member

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    Cottage cheese comes in pints and quarts so lid size can vary alot.

    I like mine with a bit of salt and pepper.......:)
     
  12. SidecarFlip

    SidecarFlip Well-Known Member

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    I may be in the minority, but thats me I guess.....
     
  13. Lefty7mmstw

    Lefty7mmstw Well-Known Member

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    1. Do you have pet loads that exceed the Max published data?

    yes, but only marginally- I use some rounds like the 7stw that don't always have published data for certain combinations- if and when it becomes available it is usually within a grain- if not I'll alter my charge to adhere to the published data's velocity

    2. Do you load for accuracy and let the velocity be what it'll be?

    yes and no; I will not tolerate several hundred fps low, but if it's within 100 fps or so I don't worry


    3. Do you load for accuracy as long as it's under the max?

    yes-- with published data-- if not published I use the cartridges capability as a baseline for where I go-- you know dang well that safe loads really aren't going many hundred fps over average book speed for a caliber


    4. Do you load for the most velocity you can get out of your particular rifle?


    no, but I do push over the threshold I have in mind if the loads are unpublished (as with mil-surp. powders) to assure safety. I won't use a load without at least a few percent headroom



    Not interested in debating the right or wrong of it. Please no load data it could upset some people. Wish I could make this a poll but I don't know how.[/QUOTE]
     
  14. Lefty7mmstw

    Lefty7mmstw Well-Known Member

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