Loading Procedures

The Steps

  • Consult any reputable reloading manual for proper reloading processes and procedures.  Additionally, starting with the Nov, 2022 release, QuickLoad files for Apex Outdoors bullets are available from Neconos.

  • In preparation of the brass cases, we have had customers witness success with the traditional .002” interference fit found in standard sizing dies today, a slightly tighter fit with an undersized expander or external bushings, and/or utilizing a crimp die (described later in this process).

  • Powder selection lines up well with data found for the Barnes TTSX or LRX.  If a similar weight can’t be found as a cross reference, comparisons to standard bullets are sufficient.  Due to the low friction of Apex Outdoors bullets, typically the faster powders from the reference loads will work best.

  • For bullet seating, we provide a “projection length” for all our bullets which can be found on each bullet’s shop page.  This projection length is measured from the forward most portion of the small crimp groove machined into all our bullets to the very tip of the bullet.  This is the ideal seating depth, but it can be adjusted further out about .04” or further in as far as necessary for clearance.  It is important to note that all Apex Outdoors bullets have a forward and rearward case alignment boss.  For best performance, both need to interact with the case mouth.  By design, the bosses are set apart such that they work with all factory chamberings today when seated with the correct projection length.

  • After seating, if the desire is to crimp, our bullets’ crimp groove facilitates this nicely.  The collet style crimp die from Lee Precision is our favorite in this instance, but consistent loads can be made with a standard crimp from a seater die set up to perform the task if case OAL is the same for each piece of brass.

  • During load work up, there’s a good chance maximum listed velocity and/or charge weight will be achieved without signs of pressure.  For those with limited loading experience, stop here and enjoy a high performing combo.  For experienced hand loaders, it’s not uncommon to witness higher than listed velocities until pressure signs start to show.

  • If you get stuck, or are unsure where to start with load development, please feel free to reach out to us through email or our forum.  We will be glad to provide any assistance necessary.

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