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Review Of IMR 8208 XBR-Hogdon's New Benchrest Powder By James Mock

 
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Re: Review Of IMR 8208 XBR-Hogdon's New Benchrest Powder By James Mock

Tried the Berger 130 VLD in my big 6.5*47 Lapua. Also my 16" .223 with 75 Hornady bthp match as well as 9.3*62mm with 250 Accubond. All three gave great to incredible accuracy, consistency, but lacks in velocity.

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Re: Review Of IMR 8208 XBR-Hogdon's New Benchrest Powder By James Mock

I use hogden 8208xbr in my 6br and my .223 with light bullets with excelent results. rjaxon
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Re: Review Of IMR 8208 XBR-Hogdon's New Benchrest Powder By James Mock

great for 175 smk in a .308 too. It meters like a dream compared to the others in the extreme line.
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Re: Review Of IMR 8208 XBR-Hogdon's New Benchrest Powder By James Mock

I just got a couple pounds and am just starting work on 223 in 65 and 77 gr sierra loads and 6.5x55 I am working up a load with the 129 gr Hornady.

I too really like the metering capability and the consitancy of weight through the powder measure.

Too soon to determine if it will give me the accuracy I wish but it should. I will sacrifice a bit of speed for really tight groups and temperature insensitivity. Metering is icing on the proverbial cake.
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Re: Review Of IMR 8208 XBR-Hogdon's New Benchrest Powder By James Mock

I use 8208 XBR in my .22-250 factory Rem 700 24" bbl. I run 40 gr. Ballistic Tips. My gun loves it, it pulls 1/2" groups and shoots fast, 4250 fps. This powder is not sensitive to temp at all. Between shooting on a bench at 80 degrees to shooting coyotes at 0 degrees, I noticed no diffrence in point of aim. 8208 is prime time stuff in my book.
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Re: Review Of IMR 8208 XBR-Hogdon's New Benchrest Powder By James Mock

I read the stories on the 6mm BR website and believed that VihtaVuori N-133 was "the" most consistant powder. I had a can of IMR 8208 and tried it after a scope change on my 6mm PPC to "just get on paper". I ran a chronograph and was impressed with the extreme spread and SD. It was a HMMMM? moment.

After testing IMR 3031, H-335, R-15, 2000-MR, VV N-530 and N-540, N-133, H-4895, in the caliber, I ordered a .204 Ruger custom barrel thinking I would run N-540 with 40gr Sierras. By the time the barrel arrived, I was even more impressed with 8208. It is within 30 fps of N-540. Both powders are much faster than the rest of the pack. With HBN coated bullets I am sure my pressure is below what is listed in the Hodgdon website for maximum load of 28.2 gr yet the velocity is over 3900 fps. It takes more pressure to beat it with VV N-540 and it is harder to measure because of its coarse grain size.

I am building a .20 PPC now and plan to use 8208 early and often.
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Re: Review Of IMR 8208 XBR-Hogdon's New Benchrest Powder By James Mock

8208 shoots like a dream in my 6.5 Grendel AR. I get top velocity, great accuracy, temp stability, and low ES which is sometimes hard to find in a small semi auto. I use it with bullet weights from 107 up through 130.
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