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Peter Fountain

STORY AND PHOTOS BY GLEN ZEDIKER

PART II

NG SUCCESS
primer brand, barrel length, and
bullet seating depth (indicated
by cartridge overall length),
strongly influence results. The
closer your set is to that of the
tester who gathered the data,
the closer results you can expect.
However! That’s not really what
this article is about. Eventually,
if not by choice, we all end up
writing our own loading manuals.

VARIABLES
Cartridge variables include propellant, bullet, primer and case, with an
increasingly escalating number of
combinations that can be introduced
through fine tuning—bullet seating
depth, for one example. It is important
to reduce variables to a minimum to
get accurate feedback from testing.
Given that, I’m going to focus on
propellant charge for this article. Take

this information, apply another variable, and the testing process stays
essentially the same.
Before going further, I feel the need
to point out something that may not
be as obvious as it should be. Knowing
what we’re looking for prior to testing
sure helps! No trip can end without a way of knowing when you’ve
gotten there. I approach every load
experiment with the idea that it’s what
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