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Old February 27, 2012, 09:01 AM   #4
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Do yourself a favor and follow the recipe. I can assure you you DO NOT know more than the folks that put all this load data together for us do.
Oh trust me - I have no interest in playing "junior chemist", and I'm not going to exceed the max listed in the recipe. But I still find it very curious that 3.2 gr of W231 is both the starting load AND the max load, even with a speed of only 860 fps and a pressure of only 15,000 PSI. That really doesn't sound like they worked up the load at all - that's why I was asking if some of the recipes in the Lee book are just copied from other sources without further experimentation.

In fact, of the fifteen loads listed for a 95 gn FMJ .380, almost half of them are the same way - the max load and the starting load are the same.
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