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QuickLOAD Quick Start Guide

By Rob Robinette


Install QuickLOAD

Insert the installation CD-ROM. If the installation does not begin automatically open Windows Explorer, navigate to the CD-ROM and double-click on SETUP.EXE


Getting Started with QuickLOAD

IMPORTANT: Numerical values shown in the illustrations are supplied for demonstration purposes only. Do NOT use values found in these illustrations as a basis for actual loads.

In the following screen captures I entered data for a common 300 AAC Blackout subsonic load.

Basic QuickLOAD Input

The following is the minimum input needed to calculate load data using QuickLOAD:

1. Select your cartridge from the drop-down list. If your cartridge is not listed see Search cartridges of same caliber below.

2. Select your bullet from the drop-down list. If your bullet is not listed see Search bullets of same diameter below. I selected a .308 caliber 220 grain Sierra MatchKing bullet.

3. Enter the cartridge overall length (COL) you actually use. This is an important value because it determines the bullet seating depth and case capacity taken up by the bullet. This change in case capacity greatly affects pressure and velocity. This value must be updated when you select a new bullet.

4. Enter your gun's barrel length.

5. Select your powder from the drop-down list.

6. Enter the amount of powder in grains.

7. Click Apply&Calc to see QuickLOAD's calculated output.

It's a good idea to measure the Maximum Case Capacity, overflow and input this value to make QuickLOAD's calculations more reliable for the brass type you use.


QuickLOAD Output

1. Muzzle Velocity in feet-per-second and meters-per-second.

2. Projectile Energy at the muzzle in ft.-lbs. and Joules.

3. Maximum Chamber Pressure in pounds-per-square-inch and bar. The background of this output box will change color as you approach #4 Pmax.

4. Compare Maximum Chamber Pressure to Pmax, the maximum allowable pressure for the selected cartridge.

Notice the predicted muzzle velocity is 1238fps and 1050 is the usual target for subsonic loads. QuickLOAD over estimates muzzle velocity by 150 to 250fps for most subsonic loads. Using this load of 11.1 grains of AA1680 I get around 1020fps from the chronometer. Supersonic loads are much more accurately predicted by QuickLOAD.


QuickLOAD Diagram

As you move your mouse cursor around the QuickLOAD Diagram (above lower left) the following values track its location:

1. Projectile travel in inches down the barrel.

2. Chamber Pressure in psi.

3. Velocity in fps.

QuickLOAD's Diagram can be used to determine the pressure at the gas port of a rifle. Gas operated semi-auto rifles need a nominal amount of gas pressure at the gas port to cycle the action. This value can be critical when developing subsonic loads.

Since the gas port of an AR-15 carbine is located approximately 7 inches down the barrel you simply move your mouse cursor over the Diagram's red pressure curve at the 7 inch point and see what pressure the gas port will tap. In the screen capture above you can see the Chamber Pressure at 7 inches down the barrel is predicted to be 5277 which is more than enough to cycle an AR-15 carbine's action.


Create Propellant Table

One of the more powerful features of QuickLOAD is the Propellant Table. It's designed to help you find suitable powders for your loads.

Setup Propellant Table

You can create a propellant table by selecting:

        Options

            Setup propellant table

Search for Max Velocity Powder

In the above window we're searching for a relatively fast burning powder (2 - move slider) that will fill case capacity to 100% and not exceed 44418 chamber pressure (1). Click on Apply&Exit (3) to create the propellant table.

Powder Table for 110gr V-Max Bullet with COL of 2.04"

IMPORTANT: Numerical values shown in the illustrations are supplied for demonstration purposes only. Do NOT use values found in these illustrations as a basis for actual loads.

The resulting table is sorted by velocity so the fastest loads are at the top of the table and sure enough QuickLOAD suggests the four most popular powders used with 300BLK loads, Hodgdon Lil' Gun, Hodgdon H110, Vihtavuori N110 and Accurate Arms 1680.

Once the table is created you can sort it by other values by clicking on the table then selecting: Sort by... in the top menu.

Want to see what more case capacity will give you by seating the bullet a little shallower? Change the Cartridge Length input and run the table again. The Propellant Table feature is powerful and can save you time and money developing loads.

See this 6mm BR page for in depth information on using QuickLOAD.


Search Bullets of Same Diameter

When you first start using QuickLOAD many of its bullets are not shown in the Selected Bullet drop-down list. You can get QuickLOAD to load it's complete list of bullets by selecting:

        Data: Add, Change, Load, Save

                Projectile / Bullet data

                        Search bullets of same diameter

Enter the diameter of the desired bullets (i.e. .308 for 300BLK) and QuickLOAD will insert them into the Selected Bullet drop-down list.


Search Cartridges of Same Caliber

When you first start using QuickLOAD many of its cartridges are not shown in the Selected Cartridge drop-down list. You can get QuickLOAD to load it's complete list of cartridges by selecting:

        Data: Add, Change, Load, Save

                Case / Caliber data

                        Search cartridges of same caliber

Enter the bullet diameter (i.e. .308 for 300BLK) of the desired cartridge and QuickLOAD will insert them into the Selected Cartridge drop-down list.


I hope this Quick Start Guide will help get some of you up to speed quicker with QuickLOAD.

Rob Robinette

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