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Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by elfmdl, Jun 13, 2012.
Hat is a good powder to reload .308's with?
I use BL-C(2) or Benchmark. Both work well.
i have been having very good results with IMR4350 and IMR4895 powders.
Reloader 15 and Varget are 2 of my favorite 308 powders.
My standby is 748.
I do prefer H4895 for the little 110 VMax.
I second the 748. I just got though cleaning up from a 308 reloading session.
748 is a fine powder that meters very well and burns very consistently.
I reload .308 rounds for both my M1A and Savage bolt-action rifle. I load some ammo to be used in both rifles. Loading ammo that can be used safely in my M1A limits my powder selection somewhat. My favorite powders are IMR 4895, IMR 3031, IMR 4064 and Varget. The best load I ever found for my bolt-action rifle was 42.0 grains of IMR 4895 with a 167-grain Lupua Scenar bullet. I was using Lapua brass also. 41.5 grains of IMR 4064 behind the Hornady 168-grain A-Max is a great load also.
for my .308 ive been using IMR3031.
I too load for several different .308/7.62 weapons, including a M1A. As I do with all of my loads for .233/5.56 and 30.06 that may be fed to differing weapons, I fully process all brass (exception being those limited 'specialty loads') including descaling the interiors, multiple cleanings and full length sizing. So it comes down to the loading/s. I use 748 for most all .223/5.56 and .308/7.62 loads (see exception in above post). I have found a very suitable loading of 748 with 150 grain bullet that works very well and safely in my M1A and is 'wimpy' enough for use in my very light Remington 600. Note: I have deferred to H4895 for my '06 loads, as I feel they have better power/pressure curves for use in my M1 Garands.
So, to the point of this thread. I stand by my use of 748. I have not worked with all of the available powders that are out there and I feel that most are good. If not they wouldn't last long in the market. It is just personnel choice and tradeoffs for various attributes for each. 748 meters very well, is consistently available in my area, burns on the cool side, doesn't require 'Mag' primers, produces consistent load and I like it. And I can use it in several of calibers/cases that I load for.
I think the next powder I try will be 748. From what I have read and heard I think it might be a good one.
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I use H4350 and Varget in my .308's
748 and 335 are pretty much the same powder.
That and Bl C#2 will take care od all your 7.62 and 5.56 needs.
I buy a case of 4 eight pound jugs of h335, and it loads all of my 7.62 and 5.56.
That is a very open ended question with almost no background info. Are you truly talking .308 or do you mean 7.62 X 51? Are you loading for max velocity, match accuracy, bolt gun or semi-auto? Progressive press or single stage?
For general purpose loads in my semi-auto battle rifles, Win-748 or BLC-2.
Reloads for accuracy in a bolt gun
According to Hodgdons reloading page, you can even use Clays, Titegroup, and Trailboss for reduced loads for practice. .308 is a versatile round.
I use Varget in my 1k loads.
My Favorite is IMR4064, BLC(2) works great also. 4064 is less temperature sensitive.
ipicked up some IMR4831 last week and loaded some 308's to try out this weekend. we'll see how it works. i also loaded some 280 Rem. with IMR4831 and going to try them out too.