Ok so I've been lurking here for several months trying to wrap my brain around this whole reloading thing. I've been collecting parts and pieces since December and last night finially reloaded my first bullets. Things went smoother than I had expected, in other words I didn't cuss nearly as much as I thought I would for the first time. So now for the questions.
1. How accurate are manuals?
I reloaded some 225 gr 338 win mag using Reloader 19. I used the load data from the Speer #13 which states start with 74gr with a max load of 78. Once I was done I started flipping through my Lyman 48th edition it states start with 68gr with a max of 75gr. I have no interest in trying to exceed recomended loads but now I'm afraid I may be close.
2. Does accuracy mean my fps is close?
I still don't have a chrony but I can't wait to try these loads out. If my rifle is zeroed with factory ammo and my reloads hit in the general vacinity does that mean I'm at least close on advertised fps?
Being this is my first try I'm really just trying to make sure my bullets leave the barrel through the right end but seeing them on paper would make me feel alot better.
Thanks for any help you guys can offer. Also, thanks to everyone here for helping to feed this new found hoby/addiction.