Who else has tried IMR 3031?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by jebsca, Aug 4, 2013.

  1. jebsca

    jebsca New Member

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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. 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.
     
  2. alsaqr

    alsaqr Well-Known Member Supporter

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    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.
     

  3. SRK97

    SRK97 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I use it in .308, I measure every charge
     
  4. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    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
     
  5. cottontop

    cottontop Guest

    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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  6. bigjim

    bigjim New Member

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    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
     
  7. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    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
     
  8. jebsca

    jebsca New Member

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    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.
     
  9. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    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.
     
  10. jebsca

    jebsca New Member

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    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.
     
  11. cottontop

    cottontop Guest

    Hodgdon's new CFE223 is also a good powder for the .223 that meters well.
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  12. johnjohn

    johnjohn New Member

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    I use H-335 in .223 and 3031 in 45/70. Yes I weigh every 45/70 charge.
     
  13. duddie10

    duddie10 New Member

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    I second this. It does what it says. I Use it for 223, 30-30, 30-06.
     
  14. gunnut07

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    3031 is a good powder. A tad too dirty for my liking. My go to powders for 223 loads are H335, Varget, and VVN133.
     
  15. jebsca

    jebsca New Member

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    I read an artical on cfe, and have seen it for sale. I may have to see if I can find the artical and some load data.