REQUIRED READ for those posting Extra HEAVY LOAD Information

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Johnny Guest, Jun 18, 2003.

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  1. Johnny Guest

    Johnny Guest Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 20, 2002
    North Texas
    THIS IS IMPORTANT- - - - -

    In the spirit of advancing knowledge and encouraging the open sharing of information amongst The High Road forum members, the near-unrestricted posting of handloading information and specific loads is allowed.

    We owe it to one another to include proper cautions whenever we post ANY load in excess of published information. To fail in this duty may well endanger our forum associates - - either their firearms or their health.

    In most of the other forums, if someone posts information in error, or in rash disregard of courtesy or propriety, little or no lasting harm is done. When dealing with high-powered firearms and the care and feeding thereof, though, someone could easily get hurt.

    I am well aware that many loads have been acceptable in the past, and have been published in older loading manuals and magazine articles. I still happily use certain of these loads in MY own firearms, and do not feel I am at risk. Do as you wish with YOUR firearms and when you are placing only YOURSELF at risk.

    If you wish to share such OLD loading data, please specifically quote the exact source, with the note that it is now considered over max. With NEW data you have worked up and which is beyond currently published maximums, PLEASE heed this admonition:

    At the beginning of your message, insert in BOLD type a no-uncertain-terms cautionary note, for example:

    CAUTION: The following post includes loading data beyond currently published maximums for this cartridge. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. Neither the writer, The High Road, nor the staff of THR assume any liability for any damage or injury resulting from use of this information.

    You are not constrained to use this exact language, but please feel free to cut and past it into your message.

    As a forum moderator, I feel very strongly about this, and will not hesitate to completely delete, or heavily edit any post which I believe violates the spirit of this procedure.

    Please understand: I am not attempting to restrict what you send in a private e-mail, nor anything you wish to put on YOUR private web site. But I feel this procedure is important to protect one another and the THR staff.

    Thanks for your cooperation in this regard.

    Johnny Guest
    Handloading & Reloading Forum Moderator
    The High Road

    Late Edit: It is pointed out to me that there are also some real hazards to going BELOW certain minimums. Some loads with certain powders may give badly erratic pressures at very low load density. The above cautions should be observed when writing up loads UNDER manufacturers' posted MINIMUMS.


    I wholeheartedly agree with Johnny as an owner of the old manuals. It seems that a proportion of current weapons are not made of the same quality as some older ones and current weapons should use current loading guidelines. I have some horror stories of reloading injuries from not following good advice and testing the accepted limits. So exceed the published limits at your own risk and blame your hand and facial injuries on only yourself.

    John Paul co-moderator
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