Whats your favorite powder for .308


August 29, 2011, 07:47 PM
I am planning on getting a T/C Venture in 308. I havent ever loaded for a 308 and see there is a lot of powder options and wondered what you guys liked.

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August 29, 2011, 07:58 PM
I have a bunch of ammo so I have not loaded 308 in a while. I do like some of the powders in the TAC, & H4895 range, for 165 & maybe a few 150 grn bullets.

August 29, 2011, 08:04 PM
Good results with IMR 4895 or 4064 for a semi-auto, 168gr for targets / 165 gr spitzer for hunting.

August 29, 2011, 08:10 PM
right now im using 4198 under 110g v-max and 4895 for 130g + bullets great results with both.

August 29, 2011, 09:56 PM
Varget, RL15, BLC(2), WW748, IMR4064, are good places to start with 150 or 165 gr bullets. There are many other powders that work well. Good luck.

August 29, 2011, 10:01 PM
IMR4895 for bullets weighing 168gr and less, and RL15 for the heavier bullets.


August 30, 2011, 12:32 PM
I was using 147gr and 175gr, both military pulls with WC846 and TAC. The 175gr with WC846 gave me some great groups.

August 30, 2011, 12:36 PM
IMR 4895 and Varget have both worked very well for my use.

August 30, 2011, 12:51 PM
RL-15 has been the hands down winner for 150 gr, 155 gr, 165 gr, and 168 gr bullets. I had really good results using Varget since that was what I had always heard the bench rest guys use. It was very good, but the RL-15 is consistently just a little bit better. I did have some excellent results using TAC for the little 110 gr HP bullets.

Ky Larry
August 30, 2011, 02:11 PM
My favorites are IMR-4064 and AA-4064. My shooting buddy reports good results with Re-17 but haven't shot any personally. From what I hear, about ant of the midddle burn rate powders will give good results. Your rifle will tell you what it likes. Good luck.

August 30, 2011, 02:26 PM
Winchester developed W748 for the .308 Winchester. It is also a favored powder for my 30-30 loads. One powder does it all.


August 30, 2011, 02:32 PM

August 30, 2011, 02:54 PM
100% vote to RL15, hands down the best for me with 168 and 175 SMKs in my R700AAC and my DMPS SASS.... Varget is 2nd best, not to far behind, but RL15 works better for me.

August 30, 2011, 03:03 PM
Another vote for IMR 4895, but just because it works in semi-autos.

August 30, 2011, 03:04 PM
There you have it, a clear cut winner!

It's TAC.

Or Varget.

Or H-4895.

Or IMR-4895.

Or IMR-4198.

Or RL-15.

Or W-748.

Or IMR-4064.

Or BLC(2).

It doesn't get clearer than that! :D

Arkansas Paul
August 30, 2011, 03:43 PM
There are many that work fine, but I like Varget or H380 the best.

Redneck with a 40
August 30, 2011, 08:45 PM
I've been loading 168 gr Noser hpbt's with IMR-4895, 500 of'em. I've been getting stellar results with this combo, remmy 700 sps tactical. I've got no reason to switch to anything else, this is working great for me.

August 30, 2011, 08:50 PM
H-335 for 130-150 gr and H-380 for heavier. When I feel like weighing the charges, 4895 is good along with 4064.

jolly roger
August 30, 2011, 09:33 PM
Another vote for RL15. Excellent in my 700 Police Remington. Like a bit better than Varget. I say a bit because Varget is 1/2 MOA accurate and RL15 is about 1/3 MOA accurate...when I do my part. This is with SMK168s and Federal match primers.

August 30, 2011, 11:06 PM
Varget and 2000-MR

August 31, 2011, 10:20 PM

August 31, 2011, 10:34 PM
PERSONALLY, I like H-335:D

Kevin Rohrer
September 1, 2011, 04:29 AM
I use 4198 for short-barrelled rifles and BLC-2 for my M1A.

September 1, 2011, 09:50 AM
IMR4895 in the Bolt and BL(C)2 in the M1A.

September 1, 2011, 10:33 AM
WW 748 and Accurate 2520 . both meter very well.

September 1, 2011, 01:08 PM
If I were required to choose just one, it would be H4895 because it can load everything from long-distance precision loads to light-bullet powderpuffs. That being said, Varget and RL15 are better for the former, and Trailboss is better for the latter.

September 1, 2011, 01:26 PM
IMR 4895. It is just too easy. :)

September 2, 2011, 04:43 AM

September 2, 2011, 04:48 AM
I settled on IMR 4895 and Varget. I've used about a dozen different powders, but those two work the best for me, and over a very wide range of bullet styles and weights.

September 2, 2011, 11:49 PM
I had the best reults with IMR 4895 and Varget close behind. The IMR 4895 seemed a little more accurate.

I am comparing these two loads to Federal Gold Medal Match. My loads were a smidgen better

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