new powder ?


April 23, 2009, 10:53 PM
i am finally down to the last bit of IMR 3031. i want to switch to a different powder. i need whatever i replace it with to be an extruded (stick) type of powder (because anything else leaks out of my lee :barf: measure) . mostly, i would use it in my 30-30, 45/70,and 223. i was thinking something like varget or h4895, but i am not sure if those are stick type or not. i want it to be clean burning, which the imr is not, at least in any of my loadings. any recomendations?

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April 23, 2009, 11:07 PM
Either IMR4895 or H4895 would work well for your applications. Both are extruded powders.


April 24, 2009, 12:15 AM
H4895 would be a good choice. I use it in 30-30, 22-250, working up loads in 223 Contender and 8x57.


April 24, 2009, 01:00 AM
RL 10 is similiar in loading to 3031. I am using RL 10 now.

I wish the RL 10 was gone and I had a 8 lb jug of 3031. I like 3031 so much. I have used it since the 50's.

April 24, 2009, 03:27 AM
IMO H335 would be a good replacement powder for all three.

April 24, 2009, 09:49 AM
+1 on the H4895

April 24, 2009, 10:17 AM
Imr 4895

April 24, 2009, 06:08 PM
The IMR 4895 series of powders are the most flexible rifle powder around. Shoots great in so many calibers.

Accurate Arms told me that the pressure curve for A2495 is identical to IMR 4895. When I loaded it, it performed the same, charge for velocity, in 308/30-06. Shot great in .223. Stupidly they call it AA2495 instead of AA4895, so it is not obvious that it is a copy.

I have only loaded H4895 in the 308. It shot well. It is very close to IMR 4895 in burn rate, but not identical.

They are all good, buy what ever is cheaper.

Ol` Joe
April 24, 2009, 08:38 PM
I`d look at Benchmark or H4895. Both a extruded "extreme" powders and should work. Benchmark is a touch closer to the burn rate of 3031 then Varget, or H4895. All are good powders, I use Benchmark in my 223 with 55gr and under bullets, and prefer it over Varget or H4895. Varget does better with the heavier ones. Your rifle may like one of the other powders better, or you may find you need more then one to optimize all three cartridge loadings..

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