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Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Eastern,Pa
Re: Questions regarding testing
I load at least five rounds of a test load.I start with a fouled barrel, usually shoot a factory shell. Take your time between shots. In the summer I take along a.22 or two and plink with those between shots. Unless you are deadly curious, a chrono is not necessary. Your manual with have you in the ballpark on velocity, unless you have an extremely short barrel. Some handloads will not shoot good, you just have to keep trying. I will swab the barrel before shooting the next string, but thats up to the shooter. The biggest rookie error is picking a load then loading up 50 or 100 rounds, only to find your gun does not like it.
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