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Unread 10-17-2013, 05:55 AM
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Re: suggestion for Varget substitute

IMR 8208 BR is a good substitute in all three. I use it in my 308 and get excellent accuracy. I mention it because you may find it available because it is relatively new and handloaders don't know much about it.

IMR 8208 XBR is Consistent in All Conditions

This short grain extruded rifle powder exhibits exceptional stability with virtually no change in velocity at temperatures ranging from -40 degrees F to 165+ degrees F. Lou Murdica, who helped develop this new powder, confirms that it is not temp-sensitive. Lou told us: “I have been shooting IMR 8208 XBR for over a year and I have done a lot of winning shooting it. One of the great things about this particular powder is, I always shoot the same load whether I shoot it in Florida or Phoenix AZ. I have never had to adjust for temperature or humidity.” That’s big news in the short-range BR game. Currently, most competitors must tailor their load to suit conditions.

link: Hodgdon Releases Impressive New IMR 8208 XBR Powder « Daily Bulletin
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    Unread 10-17-2013, 06:14 AM
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    Re: suggestion for Varget substitute

    I've had good results with R-15 for .308 and .223
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    Unread 10-17-2013, 09:13 AM
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    Re: suggestion for Varget substitute

    Thanks for all the information. I appreciate the help. Now, if only I can find some of this stuff available.
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    Unread 10-18-2013, 05:53 PM
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    Re: suggestion for Varget substitute

    IMR 4064 has always worked very well for me.
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    Unread 10-18-2013, 09:06 PM
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    Re: suggestion for Varget substitute

    I've never loaded for 243 or 308 but I'll give the 4064 some great reviews. My 260 loves it!! Its def worth a try.
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    Unread 10-19-2013, 04:54 AM
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    Re: suggestion for Varget substitute

    Don't over look IMR 4320. That is an old time powder that's kind of been forgotten about.
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    Unread 10-19-2013, 06:21 AM
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    Re: suggestion for Varget substitute

    335, benchmark, blc2, 748, ramshot exterminator and blc2 will all do triple duty for you.
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