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U.S Military Surplus Powders

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Lambo, Nov 17, 2007.

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  1. Lambo

    Lambo Member

    Dec 3, 2005
    Bel Air, Maryland
    What's on the precent Market that used to Load 5.56x45mm, 7.62x51mm & 7.62x 63mm?
    Has to be non-corrosive!
    Thanks ahead of time!
  2. zxcvbob

    zxcvbob Member

    Sep 15, 2007
    S.E. Minnesota
    I don't think there's much surplus powder available right now, unless you are loading something big like a 7mm Magnum. I bought a keg of "Data 85" powder last month for $70. It's not a military powder, it's a surplus commercial powder.

    All smokeless powders are noncorrosive.
  3. rg1

    rg1 Member

    May 26, 2006
    The surplus powder that might work with your combo would be WC846. It can be found at patsreloading.com (click prices) but notice they are very busy filling orders. A chart that I got off the net somewhere listing loads for surplus powders shows 846 can be loaded in .223, .308, and 30-06. It may not be the best choice for all of them. All surplus powders can and ofter do have different burn rates from lot to lot so every switch from one lot to another requires working up loads again. The high prices of surplus powders now makes me want to buy commercial cannister powder and spend the extra $20-$30 dollars to avoid so much load development.
    The chart I have shows: .223 with 55gr bullets---25-27.5 grains of WC846
    62 gr---------24-26gr
    .308 with 147gr. bullets--45-49 grains of 846
    173 match----44-46gr
    30-06 with 150gr bullets---47-51 grains of 846
    This data is just to try to answer your question. Start lower and work up with all surplus powders to verify it is safe in your rifle with your components.
    Personally I'd prefer a commercial cannister powder such as IMR4895 that is published in all the available manuals that could work in your 3 calibers. It'll only cost a little more.
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