I am going to shoot the hot Varget loads in January F-class when the weather is cold. I tested it last week and under 40 degrees it is not max like it was in September. That will save me from having to pull bullets. lightbulbhaving loaded an entire batch of ammo that you can't shoot and have to pull.
Loads in manuals are based on liability. Some companies are willing to expose themselves to more liability than others. Clearly Sierra is a company that does not like a lot of liability.Thanks for the info so far, but i think i was looking more for the reason why the max loads are so much different between the sierra and hodgdon manuals, for the exact same powder and bullet? You would think they would be fairly close? Does sierra rate theres lower to be on the safe side, i have noticed alot if not most people shooting thise combo are over the max recomended load according to sierra! Either way i will start out low and work my way up checking for pressure signs.
44 grains of the currently available lot of Varget will lock my bolt up to where I cannot hammer it open with my bare hand. In the wrong brand of brass on a hot August day it would probably destroy the rifle. In some brands of brass it would be just fine.sierra likes to be safe.and for what its worth 44 grains of varget will be a good place to start. John
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