Originally Posted by tobnpr
For all four calibers I currently load for, Sierra is on the ridiculous side of conservative. Their max loads are often less than the starting loads published by Hodgdon.
Since Hodgdon makes Varget, I'm gonna (and do) use their numbers...usually starting a bit more than minimum load and working up. Max load rarely means maximum accuracy for me, anyway.
I load 48 grains for the 150 grain Prvi boattails, and 43.5 for what I shoot most- the 174 grain .311 SMK's.
I have spoken with Sierra reps many many times. They are terrific and dedicated to the science of shooting. Call them and describe your situation and they will relate "history", loads, powders and bullets. Would you expect a mfr rep to advise you to shoot a competitors bullet for one specific diameter and weight.... Someone must be telling these guys to give the very best advice they can. I have gotten the very best advice and have learned many things from those calls and I urge anyone with a question on just about anything to ring them up. Oh, and I note that S now makes that bullet with the diameter and weight I needed. God knows there are more than one highly skilled bullet Smith out there. I just have a long and running history with Sierra. No stock, though.
They might even share what the MAX load really is LOL