.308 Powder Choice

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Gardien, Dec 9, 2009.

  1. Gardien

    Gardien Member

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    I have a Remy 700 .308 with 20 inch barrel and am planning to start handloading. Looking for powder suggestions. I will begin with 165 and 180 gr SGKs.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. BountyHunter

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    RL15, varget and 4064 seem to be the three go to powders.

    Mine loves 44+ of Varget, WLR primers, LC cases and 175 SMKs.

    BH
     

  3. steve99

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    W748 and H4895 also perform well in the 308.
     
  4. RT2506

    RT2506 Well-Known Member

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    Mine likes IMR 4895.
     
  5. linksmechanic

    linksmechanic Well-Known Member

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    Varget, varget and varget.
     
  6. DKA

    DKA Well-Known Member

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    Varget is by far the best powder for my 308.
     
  7. Greywolf18

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    Everyone I talk to that used varget loves it; however, good luck finding some! I still can't find any and so I went with RL15 and have had good success with it. Let us know how it turns out!
     
  8. Jinx-)

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    IMR 4064 works great so does RL-15, Varget forget it can't find it since last year, but I tried RL-17 so far nothing conclusive, last test load with 47 gr of RL-17 produced 1.2" - .82" 5 shot groups, so I'm back to 4064 and RL-15, did tried once H4895 couldn't get those fliers to stop...
     
  9. Forester

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    Varget has been good for me, but RE-15 has been better. I get a little higher velocity and a little better groups with 15. I have seen Varget for sale off and on in recent times so don't give up on it.
     
  10. Gardien

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    Thanks for the feedback, Everyone. I have a source for IMR 4064 and Varget. Will probabaly just buy both and see which my rifle likes best.

    I'll try to get a report out after I get a chance to try 'em.

    Gardien
     
  11. ricehombre

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    With a 20" barrel, I wouldn't overlook TAC. Worked great for me. But second to RL15 in longer barrels.
     
  12. Greywolf18

    Greywolf18 Well-Known Member

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    How about listing that source for varget while you are at it lol :p
     
  13. Varmint Hunter

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    I bought a couple of pounds of Varget because it was the "go-to" powder for my new .308. While the Varget shot well, RE15 shoots better, at least with the 165-168gr bullets that I'm using.

    RE15 is definitely easier to find.
     
  14. CFS

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    I have heard that the military uses 4064 in their match grade sniper ammo....that is what I use.

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