powder suggestions

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by jjfuller1, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. jjfuller1

    jjfuller1 New Member

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    okay, i'm looking for some info here gents. i want a powder that will work good in a .223/5.56, and a .308. i already have powder for my .308 but if i could double up i think it would be a good thing. any ideas? if you know of one that will work for .223/.308/ and 30 06. that would be helpful too as i plan on owning one in the future.
     
  2. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Many powders will work in both cartridges. Few, if any will be ideal in either. I use W-748 or BLC-2 for most general purpose ammo in most calibers from .223 to .30-06.
     

  3. glenn923

    glenn923 New Member

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    I use IMR4895 for both .223 and .308 with excellent results. Also, you can use it for 30.06.
     
  4. cottontop

    cottontop Guest

    IMR 3031
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  5. Model70

    Model70 New Member

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    Depending on the bullet weights you choose, Varget or IMR 3031.
     
  6. BlueTurf

    BlueTurf New Member

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    I just referenced a few of my loading manuals. It looks like IMR3031 and Varget would be good choices for both the .223 and .308 cartridges, including their use in semi-auto rifles.
     
  7. jjfuller1

    jjfuller1 New Member

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    Thanks. Currently using imr3031 for my .308. I'll have to load a few .223 n see how it does.

    I've heard the Imr4895 name mentioned before. I'll be looking to get some I think
     
  8. jjfuller1

    jjfuller1 New Member

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    I need a new Manual. Mine didnt list 3031 for 223. Hence why I asked
     
  9. Shade

    Shade New Member

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    www.hodgdon.com will have all the data you need and is contantly updated.

    I have had good luck with Varget in a wide variety of cartridges.

    I used Accurate 2230 in my .223 Rem. It's clean and reliable.
     
  10. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    IMR 4064, IMR 4895, IMR 3031, IMR 4320. all of these are pretty versatile powders.
     
  11. msup752

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    I use Ramshot TAC for both it meters well and I have had no problems with it. I am not loading for extreme accuracy so I can't comment on that part. It was cheap at $12/lb when I bought it last year.
     
  12. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    You did not state what kind of loader you use. This matters. If you are a slow and "careful" loader, the IMR powders like 3031 are good choices. I am a progressive loader on a Dillon (does not mean I am not careful, I just choose powders for how well they flow in the dillon powder measure) and use the spherical or "ball" type powders as they do will throw consistent charges in the Dillon.

    3031 and 4895 are good choices, you just have to take your time a bit more to avoid bridging and inconsistent charges.
     
  13. jjfuller1

    jjfuller1 New Member

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    i have a rcbs single stage press. fairly slow going at it. did 196 rounds of 40 in the last 2 days deprimed to loaded
    if that gives you any clue
     
  14. oldpapps

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    My vote is for 748 for both .223 and .308 (as well as 30.06). It meters well.
    I do get somewhat higher velocities (.223) with H4895. I don't care for Varget, it may just be me on that.
     
  15. Txhillbilly

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    There are numerous powders that will work in all 3 calibers,but the question will be-Will 1 powder be really accurate in all 3 calibers in your guns?
    It's great when it works out that way,but it isn't common for 1 type of powder to be ideal for 3 different calibers/guns.
     
  16. W. C. Quantrill

    W. C. Quantrill New Member

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    I stock H4350 and Varget, and use one or both for all my rifle calibers. I dont want to run a powder magazine, and I figure that less is more, not in pounds, but in types of versatile powder. Varget works in every caliber I have, and 4350 is my top performer in my "go to" rifles.

    My theory is to stock as few types of powder as possible, but a lot of it.
     
  17. cottontop

    cottontop Guest

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    I can see your point from a practical and economic viewpoint, but if I did that I would not get the most out of my rifles regarding accuracy. Though a particular powder may work for several different cartridges, it may not be accurate in all of the ones in which it is used. By accuracy, I mean sub MOA groups. I reload for 7 different cartridges and keep lots of different powders and bullet weights on hand. The possibilties are endless, the experimenting and searching for lots of different load combinations is fun, and the accuracy is outstanding.
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  18. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    I use BL-C (2) in my .223 and my 30-06. It meters very well. My AR will shoot a clover leaf at 100 yards. By 30.06 will shoot a 1" group at 200 yards. I like it a lot!!!
     
  19. Shade

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    My buddy and I, we share reloading supplies and equipment, are working toward that goal as well.

    Clays for .45ACP, .357 Mag, 12 ga. and 20 ga.
    H4831SC for the big mag rifles 7mm Rem Mag, .300 H&H, .300 Whby Mag.
    Accurate 2230 for .223 Rem/5.56
    Varget for the remaining rifles
    Win 296 for the .410 (just because we couldn't use the Clays...)
    SR 4759 for reduced recoil loads for the kids and wimmen folk.
     
  20. W. C. Quantrill

    W. C. Quantrill New Member

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    Well, I dont punch paper, so I stock Varget because of its flexibility for different calibers, and I stock 4350, because it is the one powder that gives the ultimate accuracy in my long range rifle. When I touch the trigger on it, blood runs. It has to do sub MOA to 400 yards. The rest of them just have to do minute of supper.