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jebsca 08-04-2013 05:17 PM

Who else has tried IMR 3031?
 
I finaly started reloading 223 after getting all the componets together. I landed on 3031 as it was the first powder I found that I had data on. It has worked well, letting me hit my target and working fine in my rifle. The only problem I have had is getting it to meter. The last batch I did, I ended up weighing every throw, and was able to use about half of the throws. I can make this work, but I will not put the 223 on my progressive unlit I find something that will meter better. I had charges that were +- .6 grains, on a load that had a w.5 grain range min to max. I think i will start looking for a new powder now, as I have about a half pound left anyhow.

alsaqr 08-04-2013 09:40 PM

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I finaly started reloading 223 after getting all the componets together. I landed on 3031 as it was the first powder I found that I had data on. It has worked well, letting me hit my target and working fine in my rifle.
i started reloading the .223 in the mid 1960s. i tried every powder suitable for use in the .223; IMR 3031 was the best. i see no reason to change: IMR 3031 is used exclusively in my .223 reloads.

All my charges are weighed.

SRK97 08-04-2013 10:39 PM

I use it in .308, I measure every charge

robocop10mm 08-05-2013 12:56 AM

3031 is a very good powder. Versitile and accurate. It does not meter well at all. Weighing charges is almost mandatory, even in the Dillon. I use it exclusively for the .45-70. For progressives stick to something like BLC-2, W-748 or (if you prefer an extruded powder) Varget. Varget meters much better than the old style stick powders like 3031.

I am surprised they have not come up with a Short Cut version. I like H4831SC for Magnums

cottontop 08-05-2013 03:04 AM

I use IMR3031 for several different cartridges including the .300 Savage, .35 Remington, 8x57, and the 9.3x57. I weigh every charge. It really doesn't take much time, especially if you use the Lee powder dippers.
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bigjim 08-05-2013 04:13 AM

Without knowing what powder measure you are using, it is hard to recommend. H-335 works well as well as H-4895.

Have fun and stay safe.
Jim

JonM 08-05-2013 04:53 AM

its a good powder but time consuming to load accurately with. i use my rcbs chargemaster for the big stick powders. 3031 is best for big magnums or things like the 45-70. it compresses well

jebsca 08-05-2013 04:55 AM

The powder works very well, but it is not working with the old pacific powder drop that I have, and I don't expect it to work with the powder drop that came with my hornady ap. It may be that I will stick with it for now, but I think I would do better to hand measure the powder, as I weighed every drop and about half were off. If I had planned on this, I could have had my powder trickler ready to fix the light charges, and maybe scoop a bit out of the heavy ones, but I will have to change something. If I am going to load 223 on my ap, I will have to find a different powder.

JonM 08-05-2013 04:59 AM

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Originally Posted by jebsca (Post 1326557)
The powder works very well, but it is not working with the old pacific powder drop that I have, and I don't expect it to work with the powder drop that came with my hornady ap. It may be that I will stick with it for now, but I think I would do better to hand measure the powder, as I weighed every drop and about half were off. If I had planned on this, I could have had my powder trickler ready to fix the light charges, and maybe scoop a bit out of the heavy ones, but I will have to change something. If I am going to load 223 on my ap, I will have to find a different powder.

its the nature of stick powders.

w748 rl15 varget blc2 are good powders for the 223. they meter pretty good with 748 being the easiest to meter.

jebsca 08-05-2013 01:24 PM

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Originally Posted by JonM (Post 1326563)
its the nature of stick powders.

w748 rl15 varget blc2 are good powders for the 223. they meter pretty good with 748 being the easiest to meter.

My guess was it had to do with the stick, but I have never used stick powder before, so I wanted to put it out there for some help. I found som 748 last night, but wanted to research a bit before getting anything. I got the 3031 cause it was on the shelf. Thanks for the input Jon and everyone else.


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