There is room to tweek your loads a little. With the GGG brass I would not go above 40.5 gr for now. Your rifle will let you know when it's just right. Just keep an eye out for pressure signs and you should be alright.Haha, Glenn, I have literally only loaded these 15 rounds in my life. I don't think you want me reloading you rounds.
So I should work my way up from 39.5? I know it will take some time but I'm eventually looking for the best load that will do me good from 100-500 yards.
I was looking at my cases after each firing. I was looking at the neck and down near the rim for cracks or stress. I did notice differences in the way they were ejecting. What does this mean? Is it differences in the brass itself or something I'm doing?I know it's a PIA but keep notes. I use a removable label on the box of ammo. A quick note at the time of occurrence will help you big time. You can make adjustments and find that sweet spot. Do you know what to look for when we say look for pressure signs? When your rifle ejects a spent round where does it go? It's important. Look up ejection pattern on old posts.
Reloading is a blast. You are wearing safety glasses right?
Discus,I was looking at my cases after each firing. I was looking at the neck and down near the rim for cracks or stress. I did notice differences in the way they were ejecting. What does this mean? Is it differences in the brass itself or something I'm doing?
Yes I believe everything you said was happening to some degree. I noticed the rim of my cases to be much more chewed up than when I loaded them. Also, I seated the primers deep and noticed that after firing they seemed to be moved out towards the base.Discus,
When we ask about pressure signs we are talking about flattened primers, cratering on the firing pin strike and ejector/extractor marks on the base. Do a google image search if you are not sure. As for how your cases eject, the higher the charge the harder they fling.
And A+++ for keeping a log book for your loads.
Reading the primers is a sort of subjective and you won't get the same answer from any two people in most cases. There are signs that everyone knows are bad like ejector marks pressed in to the brass or a hole in a primer or signs of gas having escaped around the primer on new brass but the signs of excessive pressure is usually not that easy to define.Here is the fired brass from the 39.5gn loads. Let me know if this is signs of pressure. Thanks.