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Posted: 6/14/2009 4:49:34 AM EST
I'm kind of new to reloading rifle and going to be reloading 223 with a 60gr Hornady V-MAX bullet and Hodgdon Varget. The starting load data from Hodgdon calls for 25 grs of powder. Should I take 10% off the starting load (23.5 grs) and work my way up or just go with the 25grs. I don't want to run the risk of a squib with too light a load.

Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:43:52 AM EST
Reloading manuals suggest starting at the Starting Load – 10% This is never a problem except with a couple of fast powders (don’t recall the name) and there they recommend a 5% drop.

Squib will not be a problem.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 8:41:42 AM EST
The starting load is where you start. The only time you take 10% off is when they only list one charge weight and that is the maximum.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:13:17 PM EST
Originally Posted By ziebart:
The starting load is where you start. The only time you take 10% off is when they only list one charge weight and that is the maximum.


+1, a "starting" load is just that. The charge you "start" with and work up to the "max" load.

This is one of the times the words mean exactly what they say.
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