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Favorite large case rifle powders

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by jeepmor, Aug 1, 2007.

  1. jeepmor

    jeepmor Well-Known Member

    For hunting rifles, I have a 300WSM and a 270Win that I will be reloading for this fall. Any recommendations on a good large case powder that will work for both. I know I have to do all the load workups and what not, but I want to get started on the dial in this season. If I don't get a satisfactory load before hunting time, the factory stuff has been working really well with both guns printing about 3/4" 3-shot groups. Probably better if I had a sled to work with.

    The 300WSM is a ruger MKii stainless/laminated sporter. I prefer to be using a 150 grain or 180 grain bullet for the 300WSM. 150 for deer, 180 for elk. But that starts two loading iterations, I'll probably split the difference and buy some 165s in a premium bullet, whatever is available. The 270 is a Mauser with a custom barrel. Pretty beefy barrel on that gun, not a varmint barrel, but not a sporter either. Being the wife's gun, I'll load it with lighter bullets to reduce the recoil a little bit for her. She can handle a bigger pill, but she needs more range time so she can be more comfortable with the gun fisrt. For this, I'm starting on the lighter end of the spectrum.

    I have some Varget and BL-C(2) and I've read they are good for 223 work, but when you start slinging higher weight pills, other stuff is recommeded. I do see Varget listed for both calibers. BL-C(2) is listed for the 270 only, and only in 90-110 grain bullets.

    This is a bit long, but I want to spell out the specifics of my goals such that I did not get many posts saying, what rifle, what weight bullet and so on. I tried to cover all of that up front. Any loads that are provided will be double checked against the hodgdon or particular manufacturers websites to insure safety and that it's within some posted or published ranges. So please share your favorite recipes if you like.

    Both these rifles are already proven thremselves to be 3/4MOA in my own hands with factory loads. Now I just want to move to a lower overall cost of ownership and give myself something to do on those long rainy days in PNW. Getting there is half the fun and I realize I have some load workup to do.

    Last edited: Aug 1, 2007
  2. esheato

    esheato Well-Known Member

    You hardly ever go wrong with 4831 or 4895.

  3. USSR

    USSR Well-Known Member

    With heavy bullets in either of those cartridges, you'd be hardpressed to find a better powder than RL22.

  4. trueblue1776

    trueblue1776 Well-Known Member

    H4350, maybe FNG on 150gr bullets though.
  5. The Bushmaster

    The Bushmaster Well-Known Member

    esheato...Is that [H]4831 and [H]4895?? If so...I agree that Hodgdon H4831 or H4831SC are excellent powders for what he (jeepmor) has in mind...
  6. trueblue1776

    trueblue1776 Well-Known Member

    What barrel length?
  7. esheato

    esheato Well-Known Member

    Yes. I should have elaborated.

  8. Smokey Joe

    Smokey Joe Well-Known Member


    Jeepmor--For .270 Win and .300 WSM, IMR 4350 works over the entire spectrum of bullets for both cartridges, according to the Nosler manual. I like IMR 4350 very much; use it in my .30-'06 and .243 Win.

    Don't reload .270, so no personal experience there.

    DO reload .300 WSM; my powder of choice there is H 380, but the Nosler manual doesn't recommend that for bullets of over 165 grains, nor for the heaviest bullets in .270 Win, so that powder will not be as versatile for you.

    Good luck in your quest for a good load. August is none too soon to begin. :)
  9. jeepmor

    jeepmor Well-Known Member

    bbl length - 21" to receiver on the 300wsm
    23.5" to reciever on the 270
  10. jeepmor

    jeepmor Well-Known Member

    Mmmkay, just bought some IMR 4350, 165 Nosler accubond bullets and the 300WSM dies. Any recipes that work for you? I've found that starting low and working up, I usually find my sweet spot with in at 5-7% max recommended. At least on my 223 that is. Different application, powder bullet and so on. Must have gotten lucky.

    Please share. Ruger stainless MkII 21.5" bbl for those looking.

  11. lamazza

    lamazza Well-Known Member

    On the same subject does anybody know if accurate 2230 would work ok for .308. I usually use 4895 but its getting pretty expensive for me.
  12. OKIE2

    OKIE2 Well-Known Member

    308 winchester with accurate powders they only list

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