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Old 05-14-2009, 12:17 PM
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Need alternate powder

Due to the increasingly impossible task of trying to find Varget, I am looking around for a possible alternate powder to use. I know almost all powder is impossible to find right now, but it seems like the popularity of varget is making it even worse. I want to try to keep 1 powder that I can shoot my .223 (75gr Hornady BTHP), and my .308 (165-168gr bullets). Varget was the ideal one until the current reloading crisis started. Thanks for the input!
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Old 05-14-2009, 12:25 PM
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Re: Need alternate powder

You can still get varget..... Only $680 for an 8lbs keg on gunbroker right now..........
8 Pound Keg of Hodgdon Varget Powder *FRESH* : Supplies at GunBroker.com

plus... don't forget the shipping

he he he

I just ordered 8 lbs of 4895 from midsouth for the 22-250 and 308. I think they have some more in stock.

4895 is not perfect for both, but I'm happy to get it. I'd rather be shooting this then nothing at all.

..now just need to find primers

good luck
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Old 05-14-2009, 12:36 PM
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Re: Need alternate powder

Oh gee, is that all??? Guess I better start playing the lotto lol

I'd rather go back to factory ammo than pay that much!

Go figure, I started getting reloading stuff in Dec to counter the rising cost of ammo, and now I can't afford either :P
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Old 05-14-2009, 04:09 PM
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Re: Need alternate powder

RL15 can work in both. I am not sure about using it with the 75s in the 223 as I was using it with 90s. I am thinking V V 550 will also work.
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Old 05-14-2009, 04:49 PM
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Re: Need alternate powder

"trying to find Varget, I am looking around for a possible alternate powder to use."

IMR-4064 is virtually identical.
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Old 05-15-2009, 04:11 AM
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Re: Need alternate powder

RE15 is virtually the equivalent of Varget, and works very well in both cases you mention.
As boomtube said, IMR4064 is another virtually equivalent powder.
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Old 05-18-2009, 08:03 AM
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Re: Need alternate powder

Thanks for the input! Only powder I could find was some RE15 so ordered a 5lb (wanted a 1lb to try, but that's all I could get) today! I'm really hoping that it works as well as my Varget did!
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