I wanted to develope a light load for the range, staying above the minimum on the chart. Since I'm loading these by hand, one at a time, I needed to come up with a load that I could measure easily and quickly with my Lee scoop set. That wasn't easy. The minimum load with AA #9 is 19.1gr and the maximum 22.7. The closest I could get was to use a slightly heaping 1.3cc spoon, which gave me 19.7 gr. I checked it on the scale multiple times, and it came out 19.5, 19.7, etc. That's over the 19.1 minimum and just under the 20 gr, which would bring the velocity to 1300 FPS. My thinking is that the smaller bullet with the light load should do a job on a coyote between 50-100 yards without ripping it to pieces like I expect the 265 gr bullet to do.
(Left- casing damage during crimping) Tonight I loaded 100 rounds and discovered one problem that I want to give you a heads up on. For some reason (likely because of the smaller bullet), when crimping, the die has a tendancy to shift slightly to one side and when this happens, if you hammer on the case like you can with the 265 bullet, you could get a crease in your case. This happened to me 3 times out of the 100 rounds. One round didn't look too bad so I kept it but the other 2 ended up the the oil bath where my bad cartridges are put to rest.
I'm expecting the range to open in a week or so, and as soon as it does I'll give you a report on how well these cartridges perform. Until next time, have fun and stay safe.