Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by JOHN_T, Feb 13, 2011.
(I have an 8-lb keg of Varget I plan on using for this upcoming match season, but I also have a pound of RL-15 I will burn up on short-range practice. 24.5-25 grains of either powder will toss a 69gr bullet to around 2800-fps from a 20" AR and shoot like a house-afire.)
I tried BLC2 in a short barreled 308. It shot a 2 ft. flame out the front and kinda had a KaWhump sound. I think it would have been fine in a longer barrel.
All I'm saying is don't waste time and money trying to reinvent the wheel!
Another consideration might be single base (IMR) powders vs. double base (like ball from Hodgdon). My .257 bob loves H380 and BLC2, but supposedly with hot loads the double base powders are prone to cause more rapid throat erosion.
I've gotten outstanding accuracy and velocity with RL15 in the .22-250, and RL15 is superb in the .223 with bullets 55gr and heavier. In the .308, RL15 is simply the best powder i've found. Not suprising as RL15 was developed for the .308 aka 7.62x51.
But, if I had to list the best powder for "most anything centerfire" it would still have to be H4895. It's good in the .223, excellent in the .22-250, and hard to beat in the .308 and .30/06. But then, there is RL15, too.... and to me, its just a bit "more-better"........
The "4831's" are way too slow burning for this class of cartridges.....
I've never used Varget or 3031, but knew a benchrester who always used 3031 in his .308 Win match rifle.
AS to this i have been reloading for about 16yrs i have several reloading manuals, I was looking for experience not book knowledge... im just 27 yrs old and started the process when I got my first deer rifle, of course it was nothing more than helping at first: MY DAD AND UNCLE. i have never worked on the 223 rem and i thought i would ask some questions... AS FOR THE POWDER I THINK RL 15 will be my choice !!!!
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