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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Keyfer 55, Jul 27, 2019.

  1. ohihunter2014

    ohihunter2014 Member

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    223rem is going to be Benchmark. I have tried H322 and H335 and cant get the accuracy I get from Benchmark.

    9mm-I tried HP38 and BE86 and while I like the accuracy of BE86 I think its got too much punch for me.

    44mag-I have only ever tried IMR 4227 and stuck with it cause its accurate.

    38spl-I tried BE86 and HP38 and HP38 won.

    45-70-Only ever tried IMR 4198 and like the accuracy and velocity but may try something else soon.
     
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  2. Keyfer 55

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    In my 223 I found IMR 4064 and VV133 the most forgiving powders. Sence I can't get
    VV 133 at LGS I stick with 4064,It easy to
    get with no special orders .
     
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  3. ohihunter2014

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    When I started my journey of seeing what worked I found what was available online, Cabelas, and several LGS and that turned up nothing but Hodgdon powders with BM and H335 being the most found. If one store doesn't have it I know another will. I wouldn't mind playing with other powders but $ just isn't there right now.
     
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    The reason I am going with Varget, is my .243 is an autoloader, I need something that burns faster. But I am looking to do some distance shooting with it, so I am willing to experiment. Do you have a different recommendation?
     
  5. Stevenvalleyky

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    Admittedly, I dont own any auto rifles but I was under the impression that unless you are shooting a Garand and have concerns about damaging an op rod, then using faster than typical powders in autoloaders is generally a bit overstated. Maybe Im way off base with that, but I was under the impression that it really wasn't a big deal except when shooting the Garand. I have developed some accurate loads in 243 with IMR 4064 and IMR 4895, both of which are a little bit faster than Varget I believe. I'm shooting bolt guns usually and wanted as much velocity as I could get and still get good accuracy so I went slower. They both may work great in an autoloader.
     
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    Different powders for different cartridges ... but it's hard to beat Varget for versatility. May not be the fastest or most accurate in every cartridge, but I can generally find at least one good load with Varget.
     
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  7. FROGO207

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    No single propellant that could be a favorite for me but l can see 3 of them covering 99% of my wants reasonably. IMR3031, Promo/RedDot, and 2400. That said, l have more choices available than either of my LGS stock regularly. Those three, 700X, TrailBoss, and 2015 l stock by the keg. YMMV
     
  8. Nature Boy

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    Agreed

    H4895 and I could load for every rifle I own and HP38/W231 for all my pistols
     
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  9. NMachine

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    Since the last powder drought, Imr4166 has been an unexpected surprise. It does everything Varget does and then some.

    RL16 has replaced everything in the 4350 range.
     
  10. Captcurt

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    I have used more IMR-4350 than any other rifle powder in calibers ranging from 243 to 300 WSM. There are other powders that might squeeze out more velocity and/or accuracy, but 4350 usually gets it done for me.
     
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  11. hillman23

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    4831 is where I start. IMR fueled the go to load in my Sako and tended to keep most loads fairly tight and H4831 is showing promise in load development for my Winchester. The first load I crafted for my friend in his 300 win mag shot MOA with H4831 and he went straight out and set himself up to reload. I think he has only one powder and bullet. I'm not tied to any particular powder but my brief and limited experience lean me toward 4831 as a starting point.
     
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    Rifle .223: AA2230 and AA2460
    Rifle .243: AA2700
    Revolver: Unique
    Semi Auto pistol: Red Dot
     
  13. Jeff Flannery

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    I've tried all sorts of powders with my 243's and 7mm/08. All of them like IMR3031 or Varget. Since powder is getting more expensive all the time, I'm slowly weeding out my other powder types and sticking with these two ,or if I had no choice, IMR 3031. Unique for 38/357 and w296 for 44 mag
     
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