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IMR 8208 XBR and 168 BTHP's in the 308

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by CZ223, Oct 16, 2013.

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  1. CZ223

    CZ223 Member

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    I picked up four pounds of this powder when others I like were hard to find. The only bullet I have on hand at the moment is 168 Hornady match. Can anyone get me started in the right direction. The rifle is the Ruger Gunsite scout. If I can keep five shots around an inch at 100 I will be satisfied. If you have used this powder with other bullets feel free to post load and accuracy info.
     
  2. jwrowland77

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    I've never used it but here's directly from the IMR website.


    Cartridge: 308 Winchester
    Load Type: Rifle
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    Bullet Weight (Gr.)ManufacturerPowderBullet Diam.C.O.L.Grs.Vel. (ft/s)PressureGrs.Vel. (ft/s)Pressure
    168 GR. BAR TTSX BT IMR IMR 8208 XBR .308" 2.800" 39.0 2505 46,500 PSI 43.0C 2724 60,700 PSI
    168 GR. SIE HPBT IMR IMR 8208 XBR .308" 2.800" 39.0 2493 49,000 PSI 43.3 2707 61,500 PSI
     
  3. KansasSasquatch

    KansasSasquatch Member

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    I had 2lbs of it but sold it off because I had 24lbs of CFE223 comin my way. From what a few local guys have told me its an excellent powder for .223 and .308. It's supposed to be pretty much insensitive to temperature change and if I remember right it was cut smaller than Varget which I love in .223.

    I find it strange that the data jwrowland posted is so similar for the Sierra HPBT and the Barnes TTSX. Just about all the data I've seen for brass solids (TTSX) has been much different than data for same weight jacketed bullets.
     
  4. popper

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    I've used it with 168 Amax in 308. works fine in my LR308, but is a little pricy. Check Hodgdon's web site for loads. Not familiar with the Ruger, you will have to work up an accurate load.
     
  5. Shagg

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    I know this doesn't help you but I've used it in my 270W with very good results.

    KansasSasQuash I wish I had been on the receiving end when you sold your 8208 I can't find it around here. Seems that primers are starting to show up but powder isn't here yet.
     
  6. scottishkat

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    My Hornaday #9 says 33.2 to 43.2
    My Lee manual has the Hogdon Data 39 to 43.3
    Both 2.800 COAL both for 8208xbr Fed 210 primer in #9

    Shoot Straight
     
  7. horsemen61

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    I just picked some up for my 308 I am thinking of using it for my 168 target loads what do you think guys??? "Yes I know every rifle is different but why reinvent the wheel every time you start something"
     
  8. horsemen61

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    So has anybody used this powder lately and did you like it
     
  9. FLIGHT762

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    Yes, great for 223 and 308.
     
  10. ole farmerbuck

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    It's all I use in my AR's.
     
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