U.S Military Surplus Powders


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Lambo
November 17, 2007, 08:59 PM
What's on the precent Market that used to Load 5.56x45mm, 7.62x51mm & 7.62x 63mm?
Has to be non-corrosive!
Thanks ahead of time!

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zxcvbob
November 17, 2007, 09:21 PM
I don't think there's much surplus powder available right now, unless you are loading something big like a 7mm Magnum. I bought a keg of "Data 85" powder last month for $70. It's not a military powder, it's a surplus commercial powder.

All smokeless powders are noncorrosive.

rg1
November 18, 2007, 01:41 AM
The surplus powder that might work with your combo would be WC846. It can be found at patsreloading.com (click prices) but notice they are very busy filling orders. A chart that I got off the net somewhere listing loads for surplus powders shows 846 can be loaded in .223, .308, and 30-06. It may not be the best choice for all of them. All surplus powders can and ofter do have different burn rates from lot to lot so every switch from one lot to another requires working up loads again. The high prices of surplus powders now makes me want to buy commercial cannister powder and spend the extra $20-$30 dollars to avoid so much load development.
The chart I have shows: .223 with 55gr bullets---25-27.5 grains of WC846
62 gr---------24-26gr
.308 with 147gr. bullets--45-49 grains of 846
173 match----44-46gr
30-06 with 150gr bullets---47-51 grains of 846
This data is just to try to answer your question. Start lower and work up with all surplus powders to verify it is safe in your rifle with your components.
Personally I'd prefer a commercial cannister powder such as IMR4895 that is published in all the available manuals that could work in your 3 calibers. It'll only cost a little more.

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