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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by kestak, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. kestak

    kestak Well-Known Member


    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
  2. Hondo 60

    Hondo 60 Well-Known Member


    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.
  3. Smokey Joe

    Smokey Joe Well-Known Member

    You answered your own question...

    Kestak--Your answer is,
    and 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.
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2011
  4. bds

    bds Well-Known Member

    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. ;)
  5. kestak

    kestak Well-Known Member


    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
  6. mrbro

    mrbro Well-Known Member

    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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