Re: hunting vs accucery ?
After you have reloaded and tested for some time you will realize the manual is pretty well a reference. Most manuals will show what gun they used to test with. Say you have a model 70 winchester 22" barrel in a 270. There test rifle could of been rem. 700 in a 26" barrel so it would be hard to duplicate everything perfect. Also keep in mind liability they can not afford to be sued for giving a super hot load. It irks me to see velocity advertised that is inaccurate the only way you can find vel. is shoot your gun thru a chronograph and you will know your velocity. I have been loading for 25 years + and will give you my advise. Find your own load use the book for a reference load 4 up in different grain incriments, if the book says 46.0 grains for max i would start at 44, 45 , 46, 47. Most of the time guns will find there magic number when there close to being hot then they will go backwards in accuracy. If you did what i said and 46 grains was your most accurate i would stick with it. It would be nice to have a chronograph than you can tell your actual velocity. But unless your doing long range shooting and need a drop chart knowing your vel. really doesent rally matter except for bragging rights. Also very important get your self a notebook or you can get fancy and buy one from Sinclair and log everything you shoot good or bad. Date, caliber, bullet, primer, powder, charge, vel., temp., and wind this is such a great reference to return to. Believe it or not you will get old and forget some of those pet loads.