Rifle ball powders?


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Shinbone
October 25, 2009, 10:39 PM
I reload a 6.5x57mm benchrest. What would be some of the choices for ball powder that will meter nicely? I usually load an 85 gr. bullet.
(I have been using 3031 & 4064.)
Thanks.

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dakotasin
October 26, 2009, 12:49 AM
not familiar w/ that chambering, but rifle ball powders i like are h-414, and win 748.

i am not a fan of the ramshot line of powders, but some guys like them quite a bit. have a look at ramshot big game (4350-ish burn rate), ramshot hunter (4831-ish burn rate), and ramshot magnum (a little slower than 4831).

ramshot claims you don't need a magnum primer for the powders, and i haven't had any misfires or hangfires from standard primers, but magnum primers do get me better consistency.

Randy1911
October 26, 2009, 01:34 AM
Years ago I loaded rifle with H380, IIRC it was a ball powder.

ArchAngelCD
October 26, 2009, 01:55 AM
IMO most 6.5mm cartridges will work very well with Ball C2 powder [ BL-C(2) ] if your looking for a ball powder. I haven't loaded for the 6.5X57mm so I can't tell you for sure but I do know Ball C2 meters very well.

rg1
October 26, 2009, 02:06 AM
I'd give H380 a try.

Sport45
October 26, 2009, 04:57 AM
You might email the folks at Ramshot/Accurate and see what they think about "Hunter" for this cartridge.

Shinbone
October 26, 2009, 11:01 AM
Sounds good. Thanks for your help. The 6.5x57 is very similar to 6.5x55.

627PCFan
October 26, 2009, 11:17 AM
Id be very careful with the BL-C2. Watch for overpressure quickly and Im thinking you wont get any impressive accuracy with it regardless.

ArchAngelCD
October 27, 2009, 05:13 AM
Id be very careful with the BL-C2. Watch for overpressure quickly and Im thinking you wont get any impressive accuracy with it regardless.
Really?? Why is that?

627PCFan
October 27, 2009, 10:00 AM
My understanding is ball powder tends to have linear burning characteristics, and in the wrong application you can bump into overpressure quicky.

As far as accuracy, you dont see too many people running ball powder it bench class matches. There probably is a reason-

Walkalong
October 27, 2009, 10:47 AM
The OP is asking about ball powders.


Ball powder is fine at shorter distances, but stick powders rule at long range.

Jim Watson
October 27, 2009, 12:13 PM
I tried hard to like AA2520 but Varget was more accurate in two out of three barrels I tried them in. The one that AA2520 did as well as Varget in was pretty mediocre anyhow, and soon replaced.

I use a PACT dispenser for target loads and it doesn't care about the shape of the granules. I don't load blasting rifle ammunition so it doesn't matter otherwise.

rfwobbly
October 27, 2009, 12:34 PM
What would be some of the choices for ball powder that will meter nicely?

As a side note: In the front of the Lyman RLM is a section that describes almost every commercially available powder. It describes their shape, use, and chemical composition. This list will narrow your choices significantly.

MichaelK
October 27, 2009, 01:57 PM
H335 seems to be a good choice for a lot of light for caliber bullets. Your 87 grain bullet is light for 6.5mm so I'd give it a try.

Right now I'm working up a load for my 6.5X55mm with H335 and 120 grain bullets.
Michael

bfoosh006
October 30, 2009, 04:13 PM
Ball powders and accuracy.... never had as good a' luck as stick propellents. Sorry to say. I would "stick" with stick powders for the best accuracy.

Just my .02 cents... ( the new IMR 8208 XBR ) is worth waiting for... I'll post a link ...

bfoosh006
October 30, 2009, 04:15 PM
http://accurateshooter.wordpress.com/2009/10/03/hodgdon-releases-impressive-new-imr-8208-xbr-powder/

Kernel
October 30, 2009, 05:45 PM
Ran the numbers for the 6.5x57 thru my modified Powley Computer. With 85 gr bullets the indicated ideal powder speed corresponds well with W-W 748, perhaps the world’s most popular ball powder. I’ve had good results with that powder in a lot of other chamberings. Certainly, worth a try. 85 gr bullets are awfully short. I expect you’ll be a long ways from the lands.

Shinbone
October 30, 2009, 08:29 PM
Kernel,
I kind of thought so, too. I usually use a 140Gr Sierra match king boat tail. Just wanted to try something different, but don't know when I'll get a chance to get to a range. :(

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