I and H


July 7, 2011, 10:58 AM

I know...I know... But I want your input guys.

I have great results in many guns in 308 and 30-06 with 150 and 168 grains in my guns with I4895 (Howa .308, Savage 110 30-06, M1A .308 and M1 30-06). I live in South Georgia and temperature is pretty mild compared to the north when I shoot (I shoot when weather is between 40 and 100 degrees mostly).

I am about to make a purchase of 2x 8 lbs of powder. Would you stick with I4895 and the hell with better temperature resistance or go with H4895 and rework the loads for those 4 guns?

Thank you

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Hondo 60
July 7, 2011, 12:24 PM

I guess it depends....

Do you enjoy working up loads?
Or would you rather just stick with what you know?

Me personally? I enjoy the challenge of finding that sweet spot.

Smokey Joe
July 7, 2011, 12:29 PM
Kestak--Your answer is,I have great results in many gunsand you're using a particular powder.

The questions like "My results are excellent with XXX powder but what do you guys think of YYY powder instead?" always make me shrug.

Myself, I'm a firm believer in "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

Personally, I like reloading ammunition to make ammunition to go & shoot. I DO NOT like reloading ammunition just to be putzing around with reloading ammunition. But mebbe that's just me.

ETA--Sounds from the above that I just like going to the range to make noise. NOPE! I compete in benchrest, among other activities--Satisfactory results for me may very well be quite picky. (Depends on for which firearm.) But when I arrive at those satisfactory results, I stop looking further. Those people who go to the range to empty mag after mag, as fast as possible, I cannot understand for the life of me.

July 7, 2011, 12:47 PM
I am in the same boat but the other way - I use H4895, Varget and RL15 for .308 and just picked up a pound of IMR4895 to compare with H4895.

I enjoy working up loads as my primary objective in shooting/reloading is to arrive at the most accurate bullet/powder/barrel combination I can feasibly attain.

If you are curious, perhaps you can try a pound container to compare. For me, H4895 has worked very well for <150-168 gr bullets. It is one of few powders bench rest shooters at TheRiflemansJournal.com use for their long range .308 matches. ;)

July 7, 2011, 01:21 PM

I handload 24 calibers. I got my share of working loads.
I am not even bothering with primers anymore. They are all magnum and I know which ones work with which power/caliber for the best results.

With some firearms, I measure in MOA, others I measure in MOD (minutes of deer).

I just want to know if you would use H4895 in my case or not. Just an honest question to have your opinions guys. I can't bounce it on my wife, she does not handload...hehe..So you are what I have left... :D

Thank you

July 7, 2011, 01:31 PM
After many years of dinking around I've finally settled on a firm process using 1 bullet and 1 load for each rifle and have sighted in the rifles for these loads. Now, for the first time, I can take my rifle and the loads I have made up for it and know exactly where it's going to hit. I'm done developing loads for what I currently have.

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