1917 Load Development
I just became an author and would like to introduce myself with a video of load developing the Eddystone 1917 30-06.
I use the Audette Ladder Test method, I load up a number of cartridges using the same components. Each cartridge loaded gets a specific increment of more powder. With the 30-06, I use an increase of .4 grains each cartridge. I usually start at a middle of the road charge weight, then end somewhere below max charge.
After shooting and marking the shots, I choose the node by consecutive hits that are in close proximity; ideally, hits that are more centered windage wise of the whole, as is done with Dan Newberry’s Optimal Charge Weight method.
Then I load up some cartridges with the charge weight between the weights of my “node,” then test those rounds.
It is the quickest and cheapest way I know to find a load. I took my first shot this morning at 8am, and had my ladder test done, and load confirmed before noon. It took longer to edit and upload the video than it did to come up with that load.
Not bad shooting for the most corroded bore I had ever seen.
I’d like to thank Loads of Bacon for the great site and permission to post here. Thank you!
I don’t have very expensive firearms, but they all work, and are as precise as I can make them by way of reloading.
So here I am, wanting to learn; and explain why I do, what I do.