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Who makes the best Rifle Powder and why,

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Old 11-21-2012, 07:35 PM
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Re: Who makes the best Rifle Powder and why,

I agree. Handloaders typically match their powder based on burning rate.
I doubt that there are any 'bad' powders out there. Matching the powder to the case, barrel length, bullet weight is what's important.
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Old 11-21-2012, 11:21 PM
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Re: Who makes the best Rifle Powder and why,

I have used IMR 3031 for my 22-250 and 243 for many years, and have easily obtained just under 1 moa groups. Then in a post on here I read about 4064 powder and its use in the 308 match ammunition, and decided to work up loads for both the 22-250 and 243. The first up was 55 grain sierra btsp in the 22-250 and the load developed produced tight little clover leafs @ 3/8" groups consistently. After being very impressed with those results, I developed a load for the 243 100 grain speer btsp, which is consistently shooting .5" groups. I experimented with 4350 in the 243 and 1.5" groups was the best I could do.
Every firearm is different and it might take some work/fun to figure out what your personal firearm likes. Have some fun and burn some powder.

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Old 11-22-2012, 01:50 AM
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Re: Who makes the best Rifle Powder and why,

I just happen to be fond of RL-22 and IMR-7828
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Old 11-22-2012, 05:09 PM
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Re: Who makes the best Rifle Powder and why,

The IMR or "Improved Military Rifle" powders are seeming pretty old school these days, but they have a lot going for them...

They are extremely consistent, lot to lot. Ask any of the techs at Sierra, and they'll likely tell you that the IMR powders are the most consistent from one lot to the next. That means a lot--pun intended.

Paul Box at Sierra once told me that the IMR 4895 was the most consistent powder they had ever used, from one lot to the next, it stays the same.

I realize that the IMR powders are not "Extreme" rated, but with that "extreme" rating comes some other unwanted issues, such as lot inconsistency and ignition issues which cause these powders to like a case full so they'll have plenty up against the flash hole. Varget is a great powder, for instance, when you stuff the case to 90+ percent... but in lesser volumes, you can get some pretty crappy ES numbers.

Reloder powders are pretty good, but folks at times report lot variations with those.

VV powders are really great... but not as commonly available as other options, and the 2 pound thing is a minus when considering one of those powders for load testing. (They only have it in 2 pounds lots around here, anyway)...

So if I have the option of using an IMR powder formula, that's what I tend to go with. It's consistent, it's easy to light... and sure, it's a bit temp sensitive but you need to learn trajectories for cold weather anyway--regardless of what powder you're using.

So I vote for IMR. Give me 4895, 4064, and 4350 and I can pretty much do what I need to do.

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Old 11-22-2012, 09:23 PM
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Re: Who makes the best Rifle Powder and why,

If we only get one, H-1000 hands down. But I always have my eyes open to a new super powder too.

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Old 11-23-2012, 03:58 PM
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Re: Who makes the best Rifle Powder and why,

who makes the best powders, I would have to say Hodgdon, but I have been known to shoot
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Old 11-23-2012, 06:45 PM
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Re: Who makes the best Rifle Powder and why,

I liked Varget for a large percentage of catrtidges buyt it meters rough for my tastes.

I started switching to IMR 8208 XBR. Meters excellent, very stable, I get great accuracy and it seems to work across a similar spectrum of cartridges.

I also Like H1000 for the upper end.
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