Treat the follow information with the level of skepticism usually reserved for airport toilet seats. Actually scratch that. The same level of skepticism you have when someone approaches you with any one of the following:
- Dick pills
- Hair regrowth potion
- Their new multilevel marketing gig
Why does everybody cover their reloading data with a shit ton of disclaimers? Well here are a few of the top reasons:
- Sometimes the data is just wrong. That’s not limited to individuals, the manufacturers mess up all the time. There is a famous load of IMR 4756 refereed to as “The Load” that had the max charge of .38 special listed 1.5 grains HIGHER than .357 Mag in a Speer reloading manual.
- There are a ton of factors. Powders can change from lot to lot. Powders exposed to moisture can change characteristics. Some powders are temperature sensitive. Chambers vary wildly from one gun to another. Rifling plays a huge part in what bullets will shoot well in your gun. Bullets change from lot to lot, plus not every bullet has been tested with your powder/OAL combo. Cases get squirly, especially the ones your grab off the ground at the range. No telling how many times it’s been reloaded, or what kind of gun it was shot in. Plus some cases have a little shelf in them that is designed to increase pressure without having to add more powder.
- Our society looks at lawsuits the same way my dog looks at me while I’m eating.