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Anyone notice a difference in Varget lot to lot?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by mugsie, Mar 27, 2010.

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  1. mugsie

    mugsie Member

    May 8, 2006
    Last week I was shooting some rounds I reloaded. Cal .223, Savage bolt, 69g Nosler HPBT and 25.5g of Varget. I had shot these in the past and they were exceptionally accurate. 100 yards, 5 shots all within a half inch (a real half inch, not a THR half inch!:rolleyes:).

    After a few shots, all grouping extremly well, I had a case split - totally split in half. Took the rifle home and worked out the top half very easily with a little oil and a jag. I looked at the primers on the previous rounds, and they were all cratered. Previous lots of Varget didn't show this condition.

    I put the unfired rounds aside (I'll unload them later), checked my scale - a beam scale - dead on, and proceeded to load 10 rounds with 24.5 of Varget under a 69g Nosler HPBT. Took em' to the range and they still group amazingly well, and the primers looked normal.

    I read somewhere that the latest lots of Varget were running slightly hotter than previous lots. My experience would certinly confirm this, although I find it hard to believe there's that much variation at the factory. I know my loads were ok because I did pull several bullets and the powder was right at 25.5, so I have to believe the scale and my technique were both ok.

    Any ideas? I'm not going to fire any more "hot" ones so a chrony is out of the question. I'm satisfied with 24.5 and the one ragged hole experience I'm having, but I'm just curious as to what could have happened.

    What say yee?
  2. loadedround

    loadedround Member

    Feb 18, 2006
    Valley Forge, Pa
    Varget is one of my favorite rifles powders and I have gone thru four one pound containers of Varget in the past year, that I would have to assume were different lot numbers(purchased at different stores at different times). I can truly say that I have not experienced any changes in pressure or other signs loading these different lots. I never loat to max so that could possibly be the difference.
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