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  • I have been reloading for about 40 years and have a couple of questions. If I fill the case up until the bullet compresses the

    I have been reloading for about 40 years and have a couple of questions. If I fill the case up until the bullet compresses the powder as in up in the neck of case or use a drop tube to compress the powder in the case what is the difference? Both are compressed loads. Using a bench mounted powder measure some articles in magazines say some measures cut the stick powders. What does this do to the powder? It still all burns correct? Does it raise or lower the velocity or burning rate? No magnums used. Thank you Bill Higgins 4770 Mohave Ave Las Vegas Nv 89104-5827 [email protected] Thank you Bill Higgins 4770 Mohave Ave Las Vegas Nv 89104 [email protected]

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    I don't believe the compressed load by way of using a powder drop or otherwise makes any difference to the powder burn. What is relevant of course is pressure of these loads, naturally signs of pressure mean it is time to back away from what is a heavy load. If your rifle has a long throat or the chamber allows the bullet to be seated long before it engages the rifling it provides you another option. Seat the bullet longer freeing up additional room for powder. Several of the loading manuals details methods for measuring your throat to discover how long bullets can be seated. Having loaded for so many years this probably does not come as news to you. Apart from being consistently accurate in your loading procedures, the seating of the bullets specifically for each rifle's chamber becomes a very significant variable. Each rifle is particular when it comes to how far off the rifling will provide the most accurate load. As to you question regarding a powder measure cutting cylindrical powders like many of the IMR types I doubt it adversely affects performance as long as the loads are of a consistent weight. I prefer to weigh each loads and only use a powder drop measure on ball powders like Winchester.

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      I'd be carefull about posting your personal info any sight even Outdoor life. I'd also be carefull when loading your cases. Follow loading guidlines and recomended powder weights for round you're loading.

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        Bill, check your email

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