Need alternate powder

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Greywolf18, May 14, 2009.

  1. Greywolf18

    Greywolf18 Well-Known Member

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    Due to the increasingly impossible task of trying to find Varget, I am looking around for a possible alternate powder to use. I know almost all powder is impossible to find right now, but it seems like the popularity of varget is making it even worse. I want to try to keep 1 powder that I can shoot my .223 (75gr Hornady BTHP), and my .308 (165-168gr bullets). Varget was the ideal one until the current reloading crisis started. Thanks for the input!
     
  2. elkregulator

    elkregulator Well-Known Member

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    You can still get varget..... Only $680 for an 8lbs keg on gunbroker right now..........
    8 Pound Keg of Hodgdon Varget Powder *FRESH* : Supplies at GunBroker.com

    plus... don't forget the shipping

    he he he

    I just ordered 8 lbs of 4895 from midsouth for the 22-250 and 308. I think they have some more in stock.

    4895 is not perfect for both, but I'm happy to get it. I'd rather be shooting this then nothing at all.

    ..now just need to find primers

    good luck
     

  3. Greywolf18

    Greywolf18 Well-Known Member

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    Oh gee, is that all??? Guess I better start playing the lotto lol

    I'd rather go back to factory ammo than pay that much!

    Go figure, I started getting reloading stuff in Dec to counter the rising cost of ammo, and now I can't afford either :p
     
  4. eddybo

    eddybo Well-Known Member

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    RL15 can work in both. I am not sure about using it with the 75s in the 223 as I was using it with 90s. I am thinking V V 550 will also work.
     
  5. boomtube

    boomtube Well-Known Member

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    "trying to find Varget, I am looking around for a possible alternate powder to use."

    IMR-4064 is virtually identical.
     
  6. MagnumManiac

    MagnumManiac Well-Known Member

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    RE15 is virtually the equivalent of Varget, and works very well in both cases you mention.
    As boomtube said, IMR4064 is another virtually equivalent powder.
    Cheers.
    MagnumManiac.gun)
     
  7. Greywolf18

    Greywolf18 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the input! Only powder I could find was some RE15 so ordered a 5lb (wanted a 1lb to try, but that's all I could get) today! I'm really hoping that it works as well as my Varget did!
     
  8. WRG

    WRG Well-Known Member

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    IMR4007ssc - Ramshot TAC - IMR3031 - Viht 140 or 135 but I don't think any of these powders will be as insensitive to hot/cold temperatures as the Varget. You would have to re-workup in cooler temps later in the year to be sure. I think the IMR3031 would give you the best results.


    WRG