Originally Posted by jvpark
I was reloading .308 using IMR 4064 and tried to add 44 grains with a 165 Hordnay SST bullet.
I felt like I had to ram the bullet head in and it felt like a real tight fit... It did not feel right, but did not know if that was normal.
When I reloaded in the past, I can usually shake the cartridge and hear the powder "shaking" in the cartridge.
The powder was below the neck and wondered what is the considered safe?
44gr should be fine (if your scale is right).
Compressing 4064 is not a problem. One thing that can help when loading extruded powders like 4064 is to pour the powder into the case via a funnel, where you pour it along the side so it feeds in slowly. Another option is to use a longer drop tube, again giving the powder time to settle. This will allow you to get the maximum amount of powder in the case.