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.308 reloaders.....favorite powder?

gatorgator Senior MemberPosts: 1,746 Senior Member
Since it's raining today I'm thinking about making a run to Cabelas to pick up a few things and thought I'd get some powder for .308 I have some 168gr A max bullets and brass but need large rifle primers and powder. The only rifle powder I have on hand is h322 and the Hornady book has many different powders listed......anybody have a pet powder they like for .308?
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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    I use Varget/BLC-2/H-4895 lots of choices. If you want to stretch your reloading dollar buy one like Varget that can be used in the .223 and others as well.

    I found a jug of AA 2200 surplus Data Powder in my garage. It was being developed for military calibers, then stopped for a few years and now reintroduced as AA 2200. So I'm loading some .223 and .308 with it, it may or may not the best choice in both calibers, I dunno, but they say use their data fer 2200 or the label on the jug and limited data on a website.

    Not the best fer semi autos and cycling, rather fast powder.
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  • gatorgator Senior Member Posts: 1,746 Senior Member
    I was thinking about Varget.......thanks.
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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    gator wrote: »
    I was thinking about Varget.......thanks.

    Many applications fer Varget and for me it has never been a bad choice. Sorta like the Unique for rifle calibers.
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  • jbohiojbohio Senior Member Posts: 5,574 Senior Member
    CFE 223 is working well for me with 168 A max. Under .5", and velocity is outstanding.

    It's similar to Varget, in that it works well in a range of cartridges, but, CFE meters like water. And, really does erase copper.
  • gatorgator Senior Member Posts: 1,746 Senior Member
    Thanks jb
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  • gatorgator Senior Member Posts: 1,746 Senior Member
    Looking at my book I see no powders that work in .223/.308 as well as .444 marlin which is the other I plan on loading for.....but that will be a whole nother discussion.
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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    jbohio wrote: »
    CFE 223 is working well for me with 168 A max. Under .5", and velocity is outstanding.

    It's similar to Varget, in that it works well in a range of cartridges, but, CFE meters like water. And, really does erase copper.

    I'll have to try some CFE, heard nothing but good things about it.
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  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 16,917 Senior Member
    Varget...works well in .308 based cartridges....actually use it in everything from .223 to .45-70...
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  • JasonMPDJasonMPD Senior Member Posts: 6,557 Senior Member
    4064, H4895, Varget, Benchmark....
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  • NCFUBARNCFUBAR Senior Member Posts: 4,324 Senior Member
    Another for Varget but when it was hard to find I did use H4895 and it did a great job.
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  • gatorgator Senior Member Posts: 1,746 Senior Member
    Thanks all.....I'll most likely look for some Varget...
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  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 21,090 Senior Member
    gator wrote: »
    Looking at my book I see no powders that work in .223/.308 as well as .444 marlin which is the other I plan on loading for.....but that will be a whole nother discussion.
    444 is close enough to the 45-70 in capacity, I can assure you that you can use H4895 in both the 308 & 444. Is it optimal for the 444? Probably not, but if limiting the number of powders you have on hand is important, there aren't many rifle rounds you can't get a safe load for using H4895 (notice I said {and bolded} "safe" and not "optimal" )

    I've used H4895 (plus Varget & TAC) in everything from 223 to 45-70.

    The only rifle I load for that hasn't had any of those 3 powders down the bore is my 50 Beowulf. It has such a huge expansion ratio compared to its case capacity that it needs a much faster powder (Li'l Gun, H110, Reloader 7)

    edited to add: Just checked Hodgdon's website and they list data for the 444 with both Varget & H4895
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  • Ranch13Ranch13 Senior Member Posts: 820 Senior Member
    gator wrote: »
    Looking at my book I see no powders that work in .223/.308 as well as .444 marlin which is the other I plan on loading for.....but that will be a whole nother discussion.

    4895 would work for all three of those.

    748 is my favored powder for the 308.
  • JasonMPDJasonMPD Senior Member Posts: 6,557 Senior Member
    Ranch13 wrote: »
    4895 would work for all three of those.

    748 is my favored powder for the 308.

    Or Varget....Reloaders 17, 19 and 22....

    Accurate 4064, 4895...

    Oodles to choose from.
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  • gatorgator Senior Member Posts: 1,746 Senior Member
    knitepoet wrote: »
    Just checked Hodgdon's website and they list data for the 444 with both Varget & H4895

    Thanks Paul
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  • gatorgator Senior Member Posts: 1,746 Senior Member
    Think I'll head to the LGS in Wickenburg and see what he has before I trek into Phx.
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  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,395 Senior Member
    For 150 grain bullets in the .308 I use IMR 4064 and IMR 3031. I have more of those two powders than I will ever use, and they both perform for me and my rifles, and not just the .308 Win. And the Garand loads I load are exclusively IMR 4064.
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  • jaywaptijaywapti Senior Member Posts: 4,958 Senior Member
    The only .308 I load , is for my M-1 Garand , I use only IMR-4895.

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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    I tired Benchmark and it was a disappointment in my .223 loads for me in my REM 700. Was supposed to be the cats meow. Maybe I didn't give it a chance, but the same bullets grouped much better at about the same velocity (by charts) fer me using Varget. Go figure!
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  • JasonMPDJasonMPD Senior Member Posts: 6,557 Senior Member
    Big Chief wrote: »
    I tired Benchmark and it was a disappointment in my .223 loads for me in my REM 700. Was supposed to be the cats meow. Maybe I didn't give it a chance, but the same bullets grouped much better at about the same velocity (by charts) fer me using Varget. Go figure!

    I'm sure there are chemical variations, maybe, but I think Benchmark essentially is Varget with the powder granules halved in size to meter more evenly in powder dropping equipment.
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  • olesniperolesniper Senior Member Posts: 3,763 Senior Member
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  • sarg1csarg1c Senior Member Posts: 1,707 Senior Member
    IMR3031, IMR4064 my favorite two for the .308..
  • sarg1csarg1c Senior Member Posts: 1,707 Senior Member
    tennmike wrote: »
    For 150 grain bullets in the .308 I use IMR 4064 and IMR 3031. I have more of those two powders than I will ever use, and they both perform for me and my rifles, and not just the .308 Win. And the Garand loads I load are exclusively IMR 4064.

    I totally agree...

    Jay, Varget works well, but IMR3031-IMR4064 are my favorite....
  • gatorgator Senior Member Posts: 1,746 Senior Member
    The LGS in Wickenburg had several cans of Varget so I bought one and a brick of large rifle primers.

    Still rainy so I'll start to resize some brass...
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  • twatwa Senior Member Posts: 2,238 Senior Member
    I prefer H4895, a very versatile powder.
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    JasonMPD wrote: »
    I'm sure there are chemical variations, maybe, but I think Benchmark essentially is Varget with the powder granules halved in size to meter more evenly in powder dropping equipment.

    Varget is about 117 compared to Benchmark which is 95 on a list I saw, so Varget is slower burning. Don't know exactly what all that will do except just a comparison , they are much different in burn rates.

    I only ever tried a 1lb canister of it (Benchmark) so it may be in my future again. I just know I pass it up in favor of other powders, but can't remember precisely why except my reloads/limited experience with it were nothing to write home about.
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  • FreezerFreezer Senior Member Posts: 1,756 Senior Member
    My Savage 99 is 308 and likes 46 grains of Varget over a 165 gr Siera Game King
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  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 11,733 Senior Member
    I like Varget, and also 4895. Surprisingly, 4895 works in a .222 as well. Just drop it from a long tube to case capacity. I forget the grains, but you can drop it to where it's level with the case neck and measure that. Very good.

    Powders, in general, are more versatile than you'd expect. Except for pistol powders, any port will work in a storm.
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  • bellcatbellcat Senior Member Posts: 1,854 Senior Member
    RL 15 works best in AR10 and bolt gun I hand load
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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    I'm fixin to load up some Hornady 155 grain A-Max bullets for my .308 now I know more about them thanks to Jaywapti and a phone conversation I had with him today.. He told me they were originally developed for Palma match shooters/rigs for longer distance and met the criteria standards to use them. I was curious why the box said for 1-14 twist rate or faster, well my Savage twist rate is faster, so I'll give them a shot, so to speak.

    I may use Varget, that AA 2200 Data Powder or some AA 2230 I got from a forum member last SE Shoot begging to be used up.

    One one hand they are nice bullets and I think I should use a powder that has given me good results in the past, but OTOH something I've never used in .308 before sounds appealing too.
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