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Old 05-16-2013, 12:53 PM
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Alternatives during powder shortage

Looking for some advice:
I'm brand new to reloading and unfortunately did not buy any powder before the shortage hit.
Many of the loads I'm looking at call for H4350 or Varget, which are obviously hard to find. I just found a couple 1000s Winchester LRPs so primers are covered.
SO, any advice on a comparable powder that is easier to find?

The two rifles I want to load for first are:
A new out of box Savage LRH in 6.5 Creedmoor
My son's Rem 700 (youth model) 7mm-08 20 in barrel now in full size B&C "mountain hunter" type stock

Thanks Steve
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:58 PM
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Re: Alternatives during powder shortage

Have you searched various locations.....http://data.hodgdon.com/cartridge_load.asp....to find something that give the same velocity's and such with the same bullets??
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Old 05-16-2013, 02:33 PM
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Re: Alternatives during powder shortage

I have used 4007 in a 7-08 with very good results. Do not load the creedmoor. I have seen 4007 available from several dealers.
Graf & Sons - IMR POWDER 4007-SSC 1LB SHORT-CUT 10/CS
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Old 05-16-2013, 04:07 PM
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Re: Alternatives during powder shortage

[QUOTE][Have you searched various locations/QUOTE]

I''ve looked around on various sites, but I must admit as a total novice it can be overwhelming. I downloaded a chart the lists relative burn rates of various powders (had 145 listed).
Other than burn rate and temperature tolerance should I be looking at something else?

I see IMR 4007 that TJAY recommended is right in between Varget and H4350 for burn rate

Thanks for the input, I appreciate it
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Old 05-16-2013, 07:19 PM
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Re: Alternatives during powder shortage

reloader 15 will work for both those rifles, it very close to varget but load data is not interchangeable to my knowledge. if my memory is correct imr4064 is also a good powder for those guns.
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Old 05-17-2013, 12:28 PM
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Re: Alternatives during powder shortage

H4350 hasn't been a difficult powder to find. I have purchased several pounds of it off the shelf in recent months. In general, it appears to me that the slower powders like H4350, H4831, Retumbo, etc. have been more available than some of the faster stuff. It seems to me that the difficult stuff to find has been powders best suited to .223 and .308. Varget is an excellent example of this.

A good alternative to H4350 is RL-17. I have used that myself to good effect. I have lately seen some Hybrid 100V in stock at some online retailers. It, too, is in the 4350 burn rate range. Another alternative is H414.

Overall, I would advise that you are better off just being patient and keeping an eye on the shelves of your local reloading supply stores. Buy what you can when you can.
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Old 05-17-2013, 04:00 PM
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Re: Alternatives during powder shortage

Benchracer, Where do you live?
Unfortunately the retail stores in my area of Northern California have been completely bare.
Maybe supply is catching up I'll have to hit the highway and start looking again.
Thanks for the RL 17 heads up, someone else just recommended that powder as well.
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