I'm new to this forum so I hope I'm allowed a few stupid questions till I get on top of things. Here's one, candidate: I've read some strategies for optimizing powder loads for a given rifle/bullet/powder combination. I'm reasonably sure that how to tell if the load is lighter than it should be, however, how do you tell if it's too hot? At the extreme, rifle damage, sure. But what are the reliable indicators short of that? If your grouping doesn't tighten up and you're at the typical maximum load for the bullet, stop there? --or is there anything to be gained by pushing a bit farther? When do you know you've passed any optimal accuracy peak or plateau? What are the signs if, say, your grouping is still improving but your load is exceeding maximum recommended. Any experienced suggestions here will be helpful. Thanks in advance.