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RL 17 has any one used

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by billymarr, Feb 8, 2013.

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  1. billymarr

    billymarr Member

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    It in a 308 Win and if so how did it perform. I read the web site info and it is supposed to be a control burn powder like 4350.IIRC
     
  2. viking499

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    Ask this in the reloading section. Should get more responses.
     
  3. GooseGestapo

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    It's too slow for the .308. Yes, it's very similar to H4350.
    For the .308, nothing much is better than Reloader15.
     
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    A 308 is one of the easiest rounds to load for and in my experience many powders work well. I've had good luck with IMR4064, both IMR and H4895, Ramshot TAC and RL-15. I've settled on Varget for my go to loads with heavier 150-165 gr bullets and TAC for 130's.

    Velocity and acuracy between any of the above has been pretty close, but I prefer Varget or H-4895 because those 2 are formulated to give consistent velocity over a wide range of temperatures. You could see 100 fps difference between summer and winter velocity with some powders.

    I tried some RL-17 in my 300 WSM. Velocity was super. A max load was over 130 fps faster than a max load of H4350. But accuracy was not acceptable in my applicaton. It could work fine for someone else in a different rifle. I don't think it would be a good choice for a 308, but would be interested to hear reports from anyone who has tried it.
     
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    I've heard 17 is pretty ideal for the WSM's, but nothing about using it in the .308

    Generally the medium burning powders are considered the wheelhouse of the .308 IMR 4064/4895/varget/RL15 all get high praise for that cartridge.
     
  6. billymarr

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    Thank you all. I have tried Varget and 4064 with out much luck in my rifle. Will try to find some RL15 and see how it goes
     
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