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Old May 18, 2004, 03:01 PM   #1
Johnny Guest
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REQUIRED READ for those posting Extra Heavy Load Information


In the spirit of advancing knowledge and encouraging the open sharing of information amongst The Firing Line members, the near-unrestricted posting of handloading information and specific loads is allowed.

We owe it to one another to include proper cautions whenever we post ANY load in excess of published information. To fail in this duty may well endanger our forum associates - - either their firearms or their health.

In most of the other forums, if someone posts information in error, or in rash disregard of courtesy or propriety, little or no lasting harm is done. When dealing with high-powered firearms and their feeding, though, someone could easily get hurt.

I am well aware that many loads have been acceptable in the past, and have been published in older loading manuals and magazine articles. I still happily use certain of these loads in MY own firearms, and do not feel I am at risk. Do as you wish with YOUR firearms and when you are placing only YOURSELF at risk.

If you wish to share such OLD loading data, please specifically quote the exact source, with the note that it is now considered over max. With NEW data you have worked up and which is beyond currently published maximums, PLEASE heed this admonition:

At the beginning of your message, insert in BOLD type a no-uncertain-terms cautionary note, for example:

CAUTION: The following post includes loading data beyond or not covered by currently published maximums for this cartridge. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. Neither the writer, The Firing Line, nor the staff of TFL assume any liability for any damage or injury resulting from use of this information.

You are not constrained to use this exact language, but please feel free to cut and past it into your message.

As a forum moderator, I feel very strongly about this, and will not hesitate to completely delete, or heavily edit any post which I believe violates the spirit of this procedure.
There are also some real hazards to going BELOW certain minimums. Some loads with certain powders may give badly erratic pressures at very low load density. The above cautions should be observed when writing up loads UNDER manufacturers' posted MINIMUMS.

Please understand: I am not attempting to restrict what you send in a private e-mail, nor anything you wish to put on YOUR private web site. But I feel this procedure is important to protect one another, the TFL staff, and TFL ownership.

Thanks for your cooperation in this regard.

Johnny Guest
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Last edited by Unclenick; March 18, 2013 at 04:17 PM. Reason: added "not covered by" into the warning for unknowns.
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