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Federal 308 Gold Medal Match Powder?

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Unread 01-18-2012, 12:15 AM
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Federal 308 Gold Medal Match Powder?

Anybody know what type powder Federal uses in the 308 Winchester 168 gr. Gold Medal Match shells? It measures out to 43.4 grains. It is extruded powder. The grains are cut very short and are .030" diameter. They are dark black and shiny. It doesn't match any powder that I have on hand. I'm trying to duplicate the load. This ammo shoots very well in my Rem. 700 Tactical. Any info would be appreciated.
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    Unread 01-18-2012, 12:30 AM
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    Re: Federal 308 Gold Medal Match Powder?

    As far as I know it's a proprietary powder, meaning it's not commercially available for purchase.

    There are several recipes that duplicate it fairly close. I couldn't tell you what it/they are though. Maybe someone here can post a close imitation.
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    Unread 01-18-2012, 12:25 PM
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    Re: Federal 308 Gold Medal Match Powder?

    Sounds like H4895, which can be used to duplicate that load as can Imr4895, 4064, Varget, RE15 WC748, cfe 223, BLC-2, N140, AA2520, and a few others.
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    Re: Federal 308 Gold Medal Match Powder?

    I'm not too worried about duplicating it. I want to copy it. So far I can't touch it with my reloads for accuracy. I'd also be surprised to find out Federal would have a custom proprietary for this cartridge with so many great powders available. I can buy them for less than $23 a box. I may just forget about reloading for this rifle if they work on deer out to about 500 yards I'm still hoping someone knows what kind of powder it is though.
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    Unread 01-18-2012, 04:35 PM
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    Re: Federal 308 Gold Medal Match Powder?

    If you can't take your federal brass, with 168smks at the length they are using and use Varget and fed 210m primers and get the same accuracy or better, its gotta be you, no offense meant, but making a 308 shoot is very easy 9 outta 10 times. I don't think they have their own powder either, most all ammo makers use powders from Olin ( IMR, Hodgdons, Win ) except weatherby and norma which use norma and some lapua uses VV.
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    Unread 01-18-2012, 05:46 PM
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    Re: Federal 308 Gold Medal Match Powder?

    Sierra used to state that the load that duplicates 168 Fed Match is 42g. of Reloader 15, Federal Brass (match), Federal Match primer. 2600fps. OAL 2.8"
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    Re: Federal 308 Gold Medal Match Powder?

    varget, i4064, re-15 and h-4895 should equal or better it.
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