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Old 01-18-2012, 10:03 PM   #1
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I began reloading with IMR 4895 for my m1 Garand .
Then I loaded a batch of 223 for my AR.
Although it worked well the powder fills the case almost to the top.
What is the gold standard powder/AR accuracy load?
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Old 01-18-2012, 10:35 PM   #2
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Hodgdon Varget is the best for .223/5.56.

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I've had very good luck with IMR 4895 with 55 gr. bullets in .223 Rem. and wouldn't hesitate to use it for my regular powder, but W748, H335 and Varget are probably the most regularly used powders. H335 is the equivalent of the military powder WC844 that is used in 5.56mm NATO rounds.

IMR 4895 yielded excellent velocity and was especially accurate in my rifle.

ETA: BTW a powder that fills the case up to near the top is a good thing in my experience. There's much less of a chance that you will double charge or over fill it that way.

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I have a Dillon 550 and 650 and I found out the round or ball powders such as AA2230, H335, Win748, BL-2C all meter within .1 grain due to some polishing of the the powder measures. I have done some Varget and it didn't meter as easily as it would occasionally bridge in the powder funnel. I am currently using WC844 and have no issues. I am not loading for anything but plinking and training rounds and have never worked up the perfect load for my AR15.

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am i to take away from this little discussion that IMR 4895 will work for both 30-06 and 5.56 loads?

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am i to take away from this little discussion that IMR 4895 will work for both 30-06 and 5.56 loads?
I don't load .30-06, but my Loading Manual has IMR 4895 loads listed for .30-06 bullets up to 180 grains.
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Hodgdon Varget is the best for .223/5.56.
Varget works good for 223,but it is far from the best.It's a PIA to measure with just about any manual or electric powder dispenser.It works good with the heavier .224 bullets.

H335,BL(C)2,and Reloader 10 are great 223 powders.I've never used enough 4895 to have a favorable opinion of it.
I mainly shoot 60gr-75gr ,224 bullets,and use these powders.
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I don't load .30-06, but my Loading Manual has IMR 4895 loads listed for .30-06 bullets up to 180 grains.
Well OP says hes reloading for an M1 Garand...far as i know thats an 06....I havent even looked at any loading data for the 5.56 yet. But if i can find a powder that would work (well) for more than one rifle caliber i am all for it.

If IMR4895 will work well for a 5.56 and 30-06 (and maybe .35 Rem.) i could then just buy it in 8+ lb jugs and be good to go!

The less types/brands of powder i have to buy/deal with the happier this peasant is!
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Well OP says hes reloading for an M1 Garand...far as i know thats an 06....I havent even looked at any loading data for the 5.56 yet. But if i can find a powder that would work (well) for more than one rifle caliber i am all for it.

If IMR4895 will work well for a 5.56 and 30-06 (and maybe .35 Rem.) i could then just buy it in 8+ lb jugs and be good to go!

The less types/brands of powder i have to buy/deal with the happier this peasant is!
Yep, I'd say you're good to go then. My book also lists loads for IMR 4895 in the full range of .35 Rem. too. Google: "IMR Load data (caliber inserted)" and you'll get a table that lists it all out for you by bullet weight from the IMR website.
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Yep, I'd say you're good to go then. My book also lists loads for IMR 4895 in the full range of .35 Rem. too. Google: "IMR Load data (caliber inserted)" and you'll get a table that lists it all out for you by bullet weight from the IMR website.
cool beans!! Thanks bro, i'll be doing that for sure!!
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