I am a novice reloader, and following the recent thread about the use of a chronograph (an instrument I do not have) I have been trying to determine the velocity required from my loads to obtain a deer legal muzzle energy of 1700 ft.lb.
It seems from the tables I have, and using a calculator I found on the web, that such a velocity can only be provided by loads in the mid to upper reaches of the range.
My question is therefore, what is the point of starting from the lowest end of the scale, as normally recommended, when working up a load if it doesn't produce a legal muzzle energy? Would it not be more practical to start somewhere in the middle ?
I would be grateful for any advice.