Compressed Loads



Have been having a discussion with a shooting buddy about the advantages and disadvantages of developing compressed loads for various calibres.

Has anyone any experience in this field?

Or any idea where the best source of information would be?


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Hi Brad

I have tried them in my 223 using a 3ft drop tube but at the end of the day all the extra trouble of reloading them was not worth the extra fps. In my case, the accuracy was no better than my normal 100% full case loads.

They can off course be dangerous, depending on the type of powder you are using, if you crush the kernels (long extruded types are worse) it can change the burn rate (makes it faster). This can lead to over pressure.

Not for beginners, but you knew that any way. ;)

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