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.
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.
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.