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Best powder of these listed for 308 147-168 grain loads.

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Mags, Nov 22, 2009.

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Which is the most accurate powder for 308 147-168 grain bullets?

Poll closed Dec 22, 2009.
  1. H335

    3 vote(s)
    3.7%
  2. Ramshot Tac

    4 vote(s)
    4.9%
  3. Varget

    32 vote(s)
    39.0%
  4. H4895

    6 vote(s)
    7.3%
  5. IMR4895

    18 vote(s)
    22.0%
  6. Other (please post reccomendation)

    19 vote(s)
    23.2%
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  1. Mags

    Mags Member

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    Looking for a good accurate powder for 308 loads for a Rock River Lar-8. I have used Tac and Varget so far with the edge going to Tac. What have you guys had good accuracy with?
     
  2. Mags

    Mags Member

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    C'mon guys 2 votes for other but no posts stating what they are.
     
  3. Offfhand

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    Name the one you think is most accurate and you can be sure someone will outshoot you with ANY of the others, or with several others not listed.
     
  4. NCsmitty

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    Rel-15, VVN150, IMR4064 are all being used in competition with great accuracy.



    NCsmitty
     
  5. JDGray

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    Varget has been my go to powder for 168SMKs, but limited testing with RE-15, is looking very good also.
     
  6. Redneck with a 40

    Redneck with a 40 Member

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    In my experience with 168 gr Nosler HPBT's, IMR-4895 is where its at.:)
     
  7. evan price

    evan price Member

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    Varget, H335, BL(c)2, 4895... there's pluses to all of those powders. The problem is you need to work up a load that works the best in your rifle with your bullets and brass. So there's no "best powder", there's only the "best combo" with your gun. Welcome to precision rifle loading...!
     
  8. NuJudge

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    I don't see a significant of difference between the H4895 and IMR4895 on grouping or placement on target. IMR3031 is not much different from the other two.

    Varget is just the H-version of IMR4064, and its 'short cut'. Maybe its just me, but my 7.62x51 Garands have shot better with 168 Sierras and either 4895 than they have with anything else. Try 41.5gr of either 4895 with the 168 in an LC case. I used Federal primers once upon a time, but switched to Winchester because of availability issues.
     
  9. ricehombre

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    Tried them all. Ended up RL 15 hands down. TAC close second.
     
  10. Galil5.56

    Galil5.56 Member

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    AA2460 has treated me very well.
     
  11. godsey5

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    Out of my three I have used, varget, IMR4064, and IMR3031... Varget has been the best so far especially with the Horandy 165 gr SST's I use for Hunting.

    Jim.
     
  12. MetalMan52

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    Sierra 168 gr gamekings over IMR4064 works very well in my Savage 110.

    I've loaded a variety of loads using the same bullet over IMR4895 but have yet to test them.

    Pat
     
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    I've had excellent results using RL-15 with a 168 grain SMK.

    This load duplicates the Federal Gold Medal Match rounds, at least in my rifle it does. (Savage 110 with 26" bbl)

    Outstanding round, actually. It uses Federal Match primers, although I haven't tried it with other primers.
     
  15. SteveW-II

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    Real Mags (The) - 42 to 43 grains of RL-15 under a SMK 168 or Nosler CC 168 with launch sequence started by a Federal GM primer works VERY well for me. RL-15 might be a bit slow as you move to a lighter bullet, so for a 155 Nosler CC I have used 43 grains of Benchmark with excellent results.

    This is all for a bolt gun with a 24" barrel. I don't know if your semi auto platform has different powder needs. For example, having the gas port half way up the barrel might indicate the need for a faster powder, rather than a slower one.
     
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    I really love Win 748 in 7.62x51/.308 loads. Very accurate!
     
  17. nastynatesfish

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    my choice

    let me start by saying I haven't used any of tge powders you listed. I have a NEF 308 a nd a FAL battle rifle and in both I use 150 and 165 gr hornadys. I load using rl 10x and love it. versitile clean burning great grouping and damn good velocities( accuracy doesn't me blazing speed as I'm sure you know). I use various brass and I use a powder measurer for volume not so much grains. I load 36 grs of 10x and run about 2800-2900 fps. damn good powder and also great in 22cal rounds.
     
  18. dagger dog

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    Varget, Re15, Win. 748 in that order
     
  19. jaholder1971

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    RL15 and Varget IMHO are THE .308 powders for accurate shooting. 4064 would be in there as well if it wasn't so damn hard to meter reliably.

    RL15 seems to meter better than Varget, and Varget's not bad. RL15 will get me a little more velocity for the same charge but Varget is temp insensitive.

    For the bulk of my shooting I use RL15, but I keep a pound or two of Varget for shooting in very hot/cold.
     
  20. Redneck with a 40

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    Since 4064 and Varget are extremely hard to find right now, I bought 16 lbs of IMR 4895 when Widener's had it in stock. This powder is working very nicely for me, in my Remmy 700 SPS Tactical, 20".

    I was in serious need of .308 powder and I bought what was available, which was IMR 4895.:D
     
  21. Rugg_Ed

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    BLC-2 has worked vary well but down to last container. Now to find more or try some from the reply's above.
     
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  22. Mags

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    Just picked up a pound of Reloader 15 for the 168 grain 308 loads. Anyone have 55 grain load data for 223 using Reloader 15. I have 308 data and 62 grain 223 data but I can't find 55 grain data for Reloader 15.
     
  23. NCsmitty

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    Thanks Smitty!
     
  25. jbkebert

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    RL-15 with 168 a-max from a T/C Encore handgun 15" prints just under a inch groups at 100 from a bench. Best thing I have found so far.
     
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