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Let me start by saying I am completely new to reloading.
My step dad recently bought me a Hornady LocknLoad kit to start reloading. Ive reloaded with him only a few times and I plan to study and learn as much as I can before I get started. I'm building my bench now and getting everything lined out to get started.

I'm currently thinking a lot about my initial load work up.
I'm going to be shooting 105gr Amax bullets threw a Rem 700 SPS Varmint in .243.

A friend on mine loaded up the following load for me that shot 1/2" groups at 100yrds.

105gr amax
42.5gr of IMR 4350
Federal 210M primers
Seated at 2.800 COAL

The COAL is longer than all my reloading books state. Is this too long? Feeds well and shoots well I just want to be safe.

I'm curious since this load shot so well that I should just duplicate it. But reloading manuals I have looked at recently say that this is too high of a charge weight and its exceeded max pressure by 6000lbs. (66,000lbs)

Is this a safe load to start with?

Should I start at 38gr and work up to it in .5gr increments?

The fired brass show a slightly cratered primer where the firing pin hits it, but the edges of the primer are not flattened. I will add pics of the fired brass soon. Is this a sign or too much pressure or is it just because the Rem 700 firing pin hole is larger than the firing pin?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Please advise if any information needed to answer my questions is not provided above.

I just finished my reloading bench on Sunday, here are a few pics.

Thanks,

Ryan



 

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The load appears to be a little bit above the maximum that I could find in my manuals. Can't really say if it's too safe or not. I did see other postings with people using loads with a higher charge. But that doesn't make it safe. My manuals say 2.76 COL so your pretty close there.

Your reloading bench looks pretty nice. I am sure that others will add a little more information that I have left you with. I load a lot, but don't use much 4350.
 

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I load 41.8 gr of ACC 4350 with 100 gr Serra OAL 2.700 it shoots 1/2 at 100 yd and less. I have used this for years. Any 4350 is a good 243 powder . You could go to 100 gr bullet. I like the 70 gr Serra HP BT Match for target shooting. GOOD LUCK
 
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