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Imr 8208 xbr

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by cwbys4evr, Mar 29, 2013.

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  1. cwbys4evr

    cwbys4evr Member

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    Anybody use this powder? Found some at the Hamburg PA Cabelas, knew it was AR powder so availability being what it is, bought the 2 pound limit. Is it good stuff?
     
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  2. Walkalong

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    I am interested as well. I bought one pound at the last gun show to try out. Haven't done a thing with it yet.
     
  3. ole farmerbuck

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    In my opinion, it's the best there is for .223 and 22-250.
     
  4. cwbys4evr

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    The description in Hodgdon's magazine makes it sound pretty awesome. Seems like a high velocity match grade powder. Then again, the manufacturer isn't going to say "our powder is crappy" in their own magazine
     
  5. cwbys4evr

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    Sounds like I made a good choice then?
     
  6. ole farmerbuck

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    I use 25.0-25.5 grains with a 55gr v-max in the .223's and 35.0-35.5gr with 52gr A-max in my 22-250's. Very very accurate.
     
  7. cwbys4evr

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    Sounds awesome. I have a bunch of Vmax in 50/55 grain
     
  8. ole farmerbuck

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    I should say that those loads are at or close to the top so dont go by what I say.:)
     
  9. dsm

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    Works great in my 6mmBR with lighter bullets.
     
  10. Walkalong

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    Sounds like it might work well in my .222 Mag. It sure likes 2015.
     
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    I believe it is the only IMR powder that is NOT temperature sensitive, and as ole farmerbuck can attest, it is a match powder.


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  12. cwbys4evr

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    "Victory dance"
     
  13. ole farmerbuck

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    I have several better than this but here's an example.

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  14. dsm

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    All powder is affected by temperature to a certain extent. Some more than others...
     
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  15. Grumulkin

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    I've tried it in several cartridges including 223 Remington and haven't found it all that impressive except in a 270 Winchester with 130 gr. bullets in which it's excellent.
     
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    Did you try it at or close to the max listed? It seems to work better towards the upper velocity charges.
     
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    I had 2lbs of this stuff, sold it because I already have 2lbs of Varget and have 24lbs of CFE223 on the way. I already have sub MOA Varget loads worked up and I ought to be able to find a good load with the CFE223. But seeing that group I'm starting to question my choice to sell it.
     
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    dandy shooting farmerbuck

    i bought a can as well, about a month or two ago when things were really crazy and the LGS had nothing but 8208 and nobody knew anything about it. i plan on using it in .308 and .243, and have high expectations
     
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    The powder works well with the .204R.
     
  20. flipajig

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    I've used it in my 223 tender 14" tube 2800fps And I'm working up a load in my AR.
    I've also read good things about it in a 7 tcu.
     
  21. Grumulkin

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    Yes, I tried it at up to the maximum charges for my gun.

    As I said, fantastic in my 270 Winchester and pretty average in the other stuff I've tried it in.
     
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