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varget powder

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by oz_lowrider, Apr 5, 2010.

  1. oz_lowrider

    oz_lowrider Well-Known Member

    Can anyone tell me if Varget powder is Australian made? Does it offer a range of burning rates?:banghead:
  2. NCsmitty

    NCsmitty Well-Known Member

    Yes, it's made by Australia Defense Industries. It's carries the designation AR2208. It does work in quite a few different cartridges, but always refer to your manual for specific data.

  3. RidgwayCO

    RidgwayCO Well-Known Member

    I've read that Varget's burning speed is very similar to IMR 4064, which is a very versatile powder as well.
  4. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    As far as I know it is still made in Australia. It is one powder, one burn rate, not a "group" of powders.
  5. Kernel

    Kernel Well-Known Member

    I think Varget just a hair slower than 4064. Vihtavuori N540, though often overlooked, is another "Varget like" powder. Both from the stand point of burn rate and energy content.
  6. Afy

    Afy Well-Known Member

    N-140 is close to Varget in terms of burn rates, and a heck of a lot cleaner.
    Tubal SP7 is even closer, and cleaner as well. However in the US it might be a little difficult to find.
  7. Jaybird78

    Jaybird78 Well-Known Member

    All bow to the great and powerful Varget.

    It's good stuff.
  8. Remo-99

    Remo-99 Well-Known Member

    Yes, Australian powder ADI AR2208 marketed in the US under Hodgdon, which has a fairly wide suitability for calibres and bullet weights.

    Faster or slower burnrates of the ADI powders are labeled under the Hodgdon Extreme powders in the US.

    ADI rifle powders from fastest to slowest burnrates.

    AR-2205 is H4227
    AR-2207 is H4198
    AR-BM2 is H benchmark
    AR-2206H is H4895
    AR-2208 is H varget
    AR-2209 is H4350
    AR-2213SC is H4831sc

    But of the H-Extreme powders I don't think you'll find any more versatile than Varget. imo.

    I use Varget/AR-2208 in 223rem(55gr and up), 243win(70gr-85gr) and 308win(all bullet weights).
  9. doubleh

    doubleh Well-Known Member

    I didn't realise it was made in Australia. No problem with that though. I love it in my .223. I have some loads ready to try in my .22/250 if the wind will ever quit blowing.
  10. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    I've heard Varget called the "Unique" of rifle powders. It just might be...

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