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Old 03-10-2006, 12:39 AM
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And another thing.......

I just purchased some IMR4895 powder from wideners. I studied surplus powders for a long time before taking a chance on purchasing some. People on this forum and the archives convinced me to take the step to purchase some surplus powder for my .308 Sooooooooo it got here. I loaded up some ammo. Started at 2.90...2.85...2.80...2.75...2.70 for OAL on the loads. The 2.80 group was so small at 100 yards i could cover the hole with a fifty cent piece. Am I dating myself or what here? The 2.75 was really tight with the exception of one flyer. Midway has a sale of sorts on chronys. So I purchased the beta master with printer. It should be here soon. I used 43.5 grains of the IMR 4895. Now with the chrony coming I will load 43.o...43.3...43.6...43.9...44.2...and maybe go a little higher depending on the chrony readings and how the casing look as far as stress. Im told if ya have to use a hammer to lift the bolt to get the fired casing out to back off on the powder. Im so happy I listened to you guys. I have a friend who "only buys the best" and scoffed at me when I bought the powder. After I get the different powder increments finalized after the chrony gets here I will see if I can get him to the range and let him see how this powder performs. Thanks again guys for giving me the nudge that allowed me to purchase milsurp powder.
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Old 03-10-2006, 03:29 AM
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Re: And another thing.......

What bullet, primer, brass case, etc..? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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Old 03-10-2006, 02:46 PM
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What makes IMR 4895 "milsurp powder"? The military has used many powders over the years and some (if not most) have eventually become regular commercial products available to sportsmen. I always thought milsurp powder was age old military powder that can be bought in large kegs at a discount price. Sounds to me like you purchased a new can of moden powder, no different than IMR 4895 or any of the others.

Am I missing something? Just curious. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]
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Old 03-10-2006, 09:34 PM
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I bought the powder from wideners for $79 for 8#. I was under the impression this was milsurp powder. I am wrong? At any rate Im happy with the results to this point. I sent for a chrony beta master with printer on thursday. I will be able to see what velocity I am shooting at so when I get down to the nit grit and start shooting at 500 yds this summer I will have a consistant load to work with.
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Old 03-10-2006, 09:39 PM
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Hi OCW green. I have definitely been to your site and am working on what you propose. I probably went about the procedure bassackwards but til i get the chrony I will accept what is going on with my shooting. I use winchester brass. Winchester primers...just the large rifle variety. I am shooting 155 nosler match bullets as well as the nosler 168's. Again, I have been to your site and am taking to heart what you are saying.
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