Bill M, first, thanks for the reply. Thanks to everyone who replied. I went to the range this weekend with a few loads I had worked up, from 18 to 19 grains of both Win. 296 and H110. I was happy with the velocities I got, the best being 19 grains of H110averaging 1261 fps. I was also surprised by the spreads. That particular load ranged from 1252 to 1268 and a few even tighter than that, down to as little as 5-6 fps difference in 5 rounds tested. I am going to take your advice of going back down to 16 grains. For the size of game I will take, hogs and the possibility of walking up on a black bear, I think I have room to give. I am also interested in trying the 265 grain bullet you are using. But here's my question, you mentioned it will probably shoot high. That's an understatment. I have yet to find a really accurate load I am happy with, but at 25 yards these loads weren't even on paper when I started. I'm talking 6-7 or more inches high. What is causing that? I feel like a real amature here. I wasn't expeting that.
BTW, I didn't see any signs of high pressure with these loads. All the brass and primers checked out ok and ejected cleanly. Having said that, I agree that I would be more comfortable with a lighter load that still did the job.
Thanks again for any advice.