Reloading - art or science?

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    Reloading - art or science?

    Guy dropped by earlier today - he is planning to start reloading and asked - "is it an art or a science"... made me think!

    On balance it's a science IMO - based on chemistry and physics of course. However on reflection I can see some ''art'' aspect too, with regard to how we individually apply that science.

    Classic example might be the ''tuning'' of a load to a specific firearm - rifles generally for most part, where this ''art'' I think comes in. Much of this is experience in the end, plus some good 'ol trial and error.

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    You use artistry and attention to detail to ensure your scientific processes are executed with precision.

    It's both!
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    Reloading is a science. An artistic aspect of that science would be someone who creates wildcat cartridges and builds rifles to fire them in. Reloading is a trade---sort of like a blacksmith or farrier. If reloaders and reloading ever subside in practice----folks will speak in terms of it as being a dying art.

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    Science is putting a primer in the pocket, powder in the case, slamming a bullet on top.

    Art is testing all available components, all available variables, to achieve the ragged hole group, then replicating that over and over and over again.

    It is part both. Any fool can load a cartridge. It takes an artist to make it safe and accurate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P95Carry View Post
    "is it an art or a science"...

    On balance it's a science IMO - based on chemistry and physics of course.
    Yeah but there is noting much grander to look at than a properly polished case with a bright shiny bullet on top, and that my friend is a pure work of art.
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    a properly polished case with a bright shiny bullet on top, and that my friend is a pure work of art.
    Yep - that does enter the art field, the ''after-the-science'' bit! - and here's my ''hot'' () .454 load with 300 grain XTP ......


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    you do tests and adjust variables to get the best outcome of a product.
    thats what i call science

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    I think, like many things, "Its what you make of it." If you appreciate artfully crafting handloads - then its art. If you appreciate scientifically preparing handloads - then its science.

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    IMO? Art, definatly, I take time with my Dillon 550 and check every 20th round, rechecking OAL, crimp, and powder to assure all loads are the same
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    It is a science, but the art is just knowing (without scientific evidence) of what will shoot good, and how it will feel. Knowing that different powders respond differently depending on the load, the gun, the bullet weight etc is an art - unless you have scientific data to back up that "gut feeling" you have when one creates a new load.

    Reloading is the art of applying science.
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    I think it's a little of both. It's part science and art to work up loads.
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    See if this solves the riddle
    Artisan: a person skilled in an art or craft. A craftsman.
    Craftsman: one who creates or performs with skill or dexterity especially in the manual arts.
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    The artistic application of the scientific process. One more way to rephrase.
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    Science, artistically executed.

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    ^ That I like.

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