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Old February 26, 2013, 08:03 PM   #1
motoman202
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Is there a way to determine MIN COAL

I have seen a lot of load data that will give MAX COAL and i have seen some load data that will give MIN and Max. My question is can you calculate the min coal somehow for any given load?
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Old February 26, 2013, 08:17 PM   #2
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There really isn't a minimum except under specific circumstances.

Practically speaking, you would eventually seat a bullet so short that the case mouth would be past the ogive (full diameter section of the bullet) and the mouth would start catching on the feed ramp or other things, possibly even just fall into the case, for bottleneck cartridges. You also will begin to increase pressures, as the bullet begins to take up space that the powder wants.

For handguns especially, having short rounds can cause significant pressure problems but even then a knowledgeable loader could reduce the charge appropriately and seat the bullet as short as he'd like, until the case started catching on things again, I suppose.

In any case, particularly with rifles, you'll GENERALLY find that LONGER is more accurate. Most folks load rounds close to the maximum length that will fit in their magazines or just a couple/few thousandths short of the rifling.
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Old February 26, 2013, 10:44 PM   #3
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That's good advice. I like to find a factory cartridge that has a similar bullet weight and shape to what I am loading and go from there. Keeping in mind case volume so as not to compress powder in handgun loads like .380.

I found some old Remington Kleen Bore 9mm 124 grain the other day that measured out at a rather long 1.160. The price was handwritten on the box. $6.20.
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