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  • Same bullet weight, different bullets. Loads similar?

     james updated 11 months, 2 weeks ago 2 Members · 5 Posts
  • james

    June 15, 2021 at 11:46 am

    I’ve been bouncing around looking for some info on this and haven’t had a whole lot of luck.

    I see lots of load data for various Hornady bullets. A-Max, etc, etc. But, I’m using Barnes Match Burners. Barnes has some data on their site for load data, but I’m curious about other load data.

    I’m able to find tons of data for various bullets/powder combos and my main question is this:

    If I am using a 140 grain Barnes Match Burner and I’m looking for load data for something non-standard (seemingly) like Varget (or insert any other powder where a recipe exists) for instance, am I safe to look at the data for Varget and a 140 grain Hornady projectile as a good starting point?

    Basically: as long as the projectiles themselves are the same weight and type (BT, HP, etc) as it safe to assume load data will be at least similar. In terms of a starting point?

  • ocelot_piss

    June 15, 2021 at 11:46 am

    Yes, generally. But look for data from bullets of nearly identical construction and profile.

    Same weight but different lengths and construction can change pressure significantly.

  • ttam281

    June 15, 2021 at 11:46 am

    Sounds right. Similar but not same.

  • TacTurtle

    June 15, 2021 at 11:46 am

    Barnes typically need to be loaded lighter as the all-copper bullets are longer for weight than jacketed lead core (causing deeper intrusion into powder space) and are more difficult to engrave onto rifling than lead cored.

  • Kassandry

    June 15, 2021 at 11:46 am

    From the Hodgdon Reloading Site [Tips and Tricks](

    (Which Data Do I Use When My Specific Bullet is Not Listed?)[]

    In case you also want official advice that’s pretty similar to what you’ve already been given. =)

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