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Old January 23, 2012, 05:13 PM   #4
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My experience has been kinda the same as peetza's.

If I'm making competition loads I want to see how low I can load the rounds and still have the firearm be reliable.

If I'm making practice rounds I might load them a little hotter (to simulate the recoil of a full power self defense load).

If I was hunting I would load them to the upper limits of pressure and velocity. I don't hunt.

Either way I start at the lowest possible charge and work up from there. I usually load 10 per load at .2 grain increments (.5 grain for rifle), then if that load works I load 50-100. If I get no failures in that batch then I start cranking them out.
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