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Who makes the best Rifle Powder and why,

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Unread 11-24-2012, 01:23 AM
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Re: Who makes the best Rifle Powder and why,

Different strokes for different folks..........

My powder chest has all black containers........
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Unread 11-24-2012, 09:25 AM
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Re: Who makes the best Rifle Powder and why,

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


Hey Broz, how did your experiments with Magpro work out? Were you able to get good accuracy in that screamer you had?

I stopped 2 grains short of max (300wm) and had velocities in the 3210's and 3220's with 180 pills but just can't seem to get it to shoot. Not sure if it's powder at this point tho. Wondering if it shot well for you?

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Unread 11-25-2012, 08:55 PM
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Re: Who makes the best Rifle Powder and why,

I rekon I am just an old hat. I have been satisfied with IMR4895 for over 35 years for .30-06 and .308 and and will never change. I do however, use H4895 in .223 and H4831 in .300 Win Mag.
No sense in changing what works.
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Unread 11-26-2012, 07:27 AM
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Re: Who makes the best Rifle Powder and why,

Originally Posted by kc View Post
For some reason it always comes back to IMR 4064.
I'm confused.

This thread title asks who makes the best rifle powder and why. His immediate answer is not a maker but instead a specific powder and no "why" whatsoever.

So. . . . .depending on how one interprets his quest. . . .

First one has to establish what the objectives are for a particular shooting discipline.

Second, one needs to rank them from most important to least important.

Third, there needs to be conditions stated for the objectives to be met in.

Fourth, what standards or performance levels are to be met.

Have a nice day, folks. . . . .

PS: IMR4064 would be an extremely poor choice for the .22 rimfire rifle round as well as a .600 Nitro Express cartridge.
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Unread 11-26-2012, 09:18 PM
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Re: Who makes the best Rifle Powder and why,

I have used R22 in my long range .338 win mag 30 in barrel 250 smk gr bullets seated out in just the neck at 3068
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Unread 11-26-2012, 09:25 PM
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Re: Who makes the best Rifle Powder and why,

Nothing but Hodgdon powders for me. Well, maybe some 8208 XBR and just a little R17.

Why only Hodgdon? Because the Hodgdon boys along with the Emmerts sent an autographed twenty-fifth edition loading manual to Dad and I back in the mid 80's.

I really like the idea of their "Extreme" powders, and I love Varget and 4350 and 4831 SC's versatility. Sure do wish they'd make 4350 in a SC version though.
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Unread 11-27-2012, 09:42 PM
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Re: Who makes the best Rifle Powder and why,

Well, not alot of info to work with here, as to what makes the "best" powder. We can't decide among ourselves who makes the best full size pickup (Ford) out of just a few makers, yet there are many powder companies, and literally hundereds of different powders, each with it's own niche burn rate...

And even though my requirements are likely far different than those of most guys on here, i'll throw out my choice.

I need my loads to do 700 yard work (what alot of guys consider mid range), i throw light charges then trickle to final weight so metering is not a huge concern, and i like loads that have a very wide min-max load range, to give me some cushion in loading (why i don't load H110 for pistol, loads under min can be dangerous, and a very narrow min-max range), i also prefer stick powder. For this i choose Alliant Reloader powders, with 22 doing most of our heavy lifting. I have heard complaints about temp sensitivity with them, but generally have not found this to be enough of a problem for my requirements.

I also must somewhat sadly admit, i have never used the IMR series of powders in my rifles... Nothing personal, i just have a large supply of Alliant powder and they have never given me trouble... Who knows, i could be missing out!
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