John, do you have access to a step wedge? If so, try a test exposure at your "normal" exposure and development time and see how it prints compared to your paper of choice. If you already have a test film which has worked for you, try printing on the new stock and see where zones I & VIII fall. This is the easiest way I know of sounding the depths of a new film-paper combination.
The Stouffer step wedge really is a wonderful tool to have in the darkroom. The information from just one exposure is fascinating to see on a print. I don't know of a simpler, better, more comprehensive test of any film and paper, without a densitometer.