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Military Surplus 844 Powder

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by viking499, Jun 12, 2012.

  1. viking499

    viking499 Senior Member

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    Anyone using this 844 powder from Widener's?

    For what caliber and what is your recipe?
     
  2. Cherokee

    Cherokee Member

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    My WC844 did not come from there but I use it in 223 and 308 loads for AR's and M1A, although WC846 is better for M1A. My WC844 lots match H335 very closely and perform well. Use H335 starting data to work up loads for your gun.
     
  3. Plain Old Bill

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    .223, 25 grains for both a 62-grain FMJ and a 55-grain FMJ. (Don't ask me why but same charge works best for both. Have about 20 lbs left, then....bought mine at an auction. Didn't know widener's or anyone else still had this available.
     
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    medalguy Senior Member

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    I have WC844 from two different sources and the two lots are slightly different. I use 844 for 5.56mm NATO loading with 55 gr FMJBT in USGI brass, one lot requires 24.5 gr to yield 3000 fps, the other lot requires 25.0 gr to give the same velocity, fired in the same rifle.

    You really need to work up a load in YOUR rifle using YOUR compoments for this powder. Once you do that, you'll find it is excellent powder, measures extremely well, and is very consistent. I hope you bought enough of it to last you a few years. All the sources say it's going fast and no more will be available in a short while.
     
  5. Miata Mike

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    I like the stuff. The lot I use about the same as the H335 I have been using.
     
  6. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Senior Member

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    Like said above, WC844 is very close to H335 and a great powder for the 5.56/223 since that's where it's pulled down from.

    WC846 is pull down powder for the other NATO round, the 7.62/308 and uses data close to W748 or BL-C(2).
     
  7. zxcvbob

    zxcvbob Senior Member

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    I just got 2 jugs of it last week and haven't tried it yet. I need to chronograph some M855 and M193 ammo in my gun, then try to match them.

    A new non-canister powder to watch for (in case WC844 and WC846 disappear) is SMP-842.
     

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