Or ... Hey, I Gotta Protect My Ass!

Number One:

The information and data contained on the reloading pages is for informational purposes only. I do NOT assume, nor do I accept ANY responsibility, implied or expressed, for the accuracy of the material posted, nor do I assume or accept ANY liability or responsibility, implied or expressed, of the results you will obtain by using any of the data posted on these pages.

I have no control over variations in components, reloading tools or your procedures. YOU are solely responsible for EVERYTHING that may occur using this data.

Number Two:

The information listed for MAXIMUM loads may be safe only in modern firearms of current manufacture and in excellent condition! The age and condition of YOUR firearm is the determining factor! NEVER, EVER, START WITH ANY OF THE MAXIMUM LOADS!!!

Number Three:

Always start out with the lightest powder load listed and work up GRADUALLY until signs of case failure or excessive pressure become evident! Or until the level of performance you desire is reached. WHICHEVER COMES FIRST!!

Number Four:

The data contained herein is NOT bounded by SAAMI limitations! Because of this fact, be ABSOLUTELY sure you understand numbers one, two and three above!!

The highlighted powder in the selection area is NOT sacred, truth, fact nor absolute. It is the powder and primer combination I chose as best when I was reloading that caliber, with that bullet. It is based on three simple facts:

1) A "gut feeling";
2) Almost 50 years of experience;
3) They worked just fine in the firearm I was testing.

Number Five:

The data contained here is for copper-jacketed with lead-core bullets. It can be used with lead bullets and solid bullets (but YOU must take into consideration the composition and construction of the bullet). It is not designed to be used with coated bullets of any type. If you are intent on using coated bullets, buy yourself the reloading manual published by the bullet manufacturer!

Further Information

Since I have received a number of questions relating to how I determined the minimum and maximum loads, I'll go into a brief explanations here.
To determine the minimum load I took into consideration the general usage for the caliber. Then I used a "one-shot-one-kill" probable zone for the intended target. For varmints I used a 3" diameter kill zone, for medium game (deer/antelope/coyote etc.) I used an 8" diameter kill zone; and for large game (elk/moose/bear) I used a 10" kill zone.

In addition I set my targets at the AVERAGE range that I consider the caliber to be capable of that "one-shot-one-kill" range.
Varmints were set at 100 yards, medium game at 100 yards, large game at 75 yards, and defensive calibers at 7 yards.
My minimum loads were those that placed 5 shots in the kill zone.
My maximum loads were those that showed no deformation or damage to the case or primer (in other words, once I saw a problem, I backed-off to the previous load).

Please pay attention to "Number Five"!!
You can use this data for lead loads but I suggest that you start at the bottom and work-up carefully.

And for those of you who have read, or posted, that my data is full of bull, all data was worked-up by me and one close friend at both the reloading benches and shooting benches!!
Remember, I have been shooting since 1948, and reloading since 1963. I had a gunshop and one of my services was to work-up custom loads for my customers. None had any complaints!



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