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alex wong
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Posted: October 05 2010 at 9:30am | IP Logged Quote alex wong

I get a problem today. I just order a hornady 125grt xtp bullets for reload 0.38 special with Accurate No5 powder. Accurate website reload date suggest the powder is start from 6.1gr to 6.8gr. but the hornady reloading handbook. it suggest the powder is from 6.6gr to 7.6gr. anyone can tell me who is the right and safety
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Posted: October 05 2010 at 3:10pm | IP Logged Quote davemuzz

Both loads are "probably" safe. But, look at what primers they are using and also look at what OAL's the guides are recommending.

Variances of this type are not unusual to find. For example, Vihtavouri's 44 magnum 200 grain XTP loads in Vihtavouri's load book's beginning loads are almost the maximum load amount in the Hornady book.

If I were you I would probably start at near the lowest of the low, and work my loads up carefully looking for signs of pressure such as "sticky cases" and any blown or loose primers.

If you have access to a chronograph, use it to see what velocities you are getting. If you want to obtain a certain velocity, and you are getting there without nearing the maximum....then stop at where you are!!

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