26 December 2022
Benefits of QuickLoad software:
When some of us load for "obsolete" calibers or ones with no SAAMI specs like the 45-90 Winchester, we find very little to no load information about it in manuals or other vetted and reliable sources. Sometimes there is a single load, or perhaps two loads listed with powders that may no longer be available.
Knowing that powder xxx may work, but with nothing to compare it with, one is extremely hesitant to test it in a $2000 rifle. I think I am pretty smart (other folks may hold differing opinions) and can make an assumptive prediction on deduced load data. Of course if I am wrong, things can get pretty ugly. This is where QuickLoad comes into play.
It can give a pretty fair guess as to what will happen if you pull the trigger on your load. It incorporates a cornucopia of data relative to the cartridge case, case volume with differing projectiles, burn time of propellant, burn properties of propellant, barrel time, frictional coefficients of bullet to barrel over time, shot start pressures, closed bomb analysis of propellants, and the list goes on and on and on. It's a lot more scientific than my "educated" swag based on compiled data and what I think "should" happen.
I am however smart enough to know that interior ballistics is 90% science and 10% black magic. It's that 10% that will get you.
QuickLoad will greatly assist me in load development for calibers like: 226-JDJ, 375-JDJ, 411-JDJ, 45-90 Win, 32-20 Win w/heavy bullets, 38-55 Win for T/C Contender 14" bbl., 38-55 Win M94 26" bbl., and a few more oddball calibers or oddball bullet weights (length).
That is its true value. If all you need is a loading manual for modern established cartridges, I would suggest actually purchasing a loading manual or two. QuickLoad is an extremely complex program whereby an errant keystroke can spell disaster. Think of it like MS-Excel. Very few people know the horsepower of the program at their fingertips and instead buy dumbded down applications for children to track their expenses. I have yet to meet a single person who can generate a pivot table in Excel or even explain what it is/does. Those days are long gone.
QuickLoad has a LOT of horsepower for load development. It's use is rather pointless for verification of existing data. It's not a plug & play application either. You really need to know the scientific terms used in the program to get the full value from it. Like you mentioned, it is rather on the expensive side unless you have a real load development use for it.
Having said all that above, handloaders and casters are a curious lot. If you don't mind the cost, it is a fantastic program to play with. It shows just how fast a load can go south on you or how fast a bullet difference can improve the burn efficiency of a load.
It only comes on a CD so if you have one of the new wonder PC's with no CD drive, you will need an external CD drive attached to load it up on the PC.
With rifle in hand, I confidently go forth into the darkness.