Thanks.Don't go below book minimum without some expertise. Some powders are dangerous at low charges. There is data for reduced loads available if you search. You also get erratic ignition with reduced loads depending on if the powder is back on the primer or up next the bullet.
A rule of thumb would be 10% below max. But again I caution that may not always be the case.
actually i think BETTER TECHNOLOGY is the reason loads have gone down...just my opinion.QuickLoad is a great tool. If you don't know how to use it, or just plain don't like it, its OK!
But if you know how to use it, use it correctly, it will save you on components and get you to your optimum load much faster.
Loading books are good, I use them and QL as well, but loading books have been the victim of lawyers....
There is also a new very promising...free for now...Gordon's Reloading Tool
Can you add a little more. What do you mean loads have gone down? Just trying to gain some knowledge and be able to not have the blank WTH did you just say look if I heard this again.actually i think BETTER TECHNOLOGY is the reason loads have gone down...just my opinion.
i still load for my guns, not a book