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Which Powder? 243 and 6.5x55

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by viking499, Sep 30, 2008.

  1. viking499

    viking499 Well-Known Member

    I am trying to find some powders for the following loads. What recipes do you guys have or recommend?

    243 - Hornady 65 grain v-max
    243 - Hornady 70 grain
    243 - Nosler 70 grain varmit
    243 - Hornady 100 grain

    6.5x55 - Hornady 129 grain
  2. Ridgerunner665

    Ridgerunner665 Well-Known Member

    I like Reloder 19 for 243...I have not loaded any 6.5's so I don't know how it works in that.
  3. tlen

    tlen Well-Known Member

    For lighter .243 bullets I've had good results with IMR 4985 and IMR 4320 for 100 grain. IMR 4985 would probably work well with both .243 and 6.5X55.
  4. NCsmitty

    NCsmitty Well-Known Member

    Rel-19 works very well in 6.5x55 as does Rel-22, IMR4350, H-4350 for starters. Basically any of the medium-slow burning powders work in 243 & 6.5x55. Check your local manuals. Specific loads from other people doesn't mean that it will shoot well in your own rifle. Look at Hodgden.com or Alliantpowder.com for recommended loads. They are both excellent and capable cartridges.

  5. Ky Larry

    Ky Larry Well-Known Member

    I've had good accuracy with IMR-4064 in light bullets (60 gr Sierra's) and Imr-4350 and RE-19 with 100gr Hornady BTSP's in .243. Haven't loaded any Swede's yet but that may be my next rifle purchase( CZ-550).
  6. matrem

    matrem Well-Known Member

    Loaded for a 700 ADL .243 a few years ago that shot, both 70 gr Ballistic Tips & 75 gr V-Max very well (easy sub m.o.a. at 200 yds)with H 414.
  7. Galil5.56

    Galil5.56 Well-Known Member

    I love H414 in my .243 too, from 55 grain BT's @ over 4000 fps to 70 grainers, 75's 80's 85's...... I do find a mag primer to greatly improve accuracy. H4350 is another great one in my experience using a very wide range of bullet weights too.
  8. kelbro

    kelbro Well-Known Member

    IMR4064 works very well in my .243 (Savage 1:9.25 twist) with the lighter bullets. Varget edges the 4064 out with 85gr and 100 gr bullets.
  9. evan price

    evan price Well-Known Member

    My 6.5 loves Varget and I don't see why the .243 wouldn't like it too.
  10. viking499

    viking499 Well-Known Member

    Any good light loads 243's?
  11. Remo-99

    Remo-99 Well-Known Member

    You should find that Varget and H4350 will work well in both, Varget for lighter bullets and H4350 for heavier bullets.
  12. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    my 100 year old 18" swede loves a 120 gr bullet with 3031, but it also likes 4064 too
  13. Ridgerunner665

    Ridgerunner665 Well-Known Member

    243's don't get along to well when loaded light...

    If they are loaded too light they tend to KaBoom...be VERY careful of light loads and slow powders in a 243.
  14. uk roe hunter

    uk roe hunter Well-Known Member

    it all depends on your rifle... of course. I have used 42gr of nobel #0 (vectan tu7000 is the same). this is with hornady 100gr sp. (2450). i have also used viht N140 with lighter bullets. My rifle likes mid wieght bullets best 80-90gr.
  15. viking499

    viking499 Well-Known Member


    In light loads, I meant loads for a 65-70 grain bullet.
  16. Ridgerunner665

    Ridgerunner665 Well-Known Member


    I wasn't sure which type of "light" load you meant.

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