Powder for the 308 ?

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  1. savagelover

    savagelover Well-Known Member

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    I know this is probably a diffulcult question,but with all the powder shortage
    in the USA..I am wondering what would be a pretty good all around powder..
    I know it all depends on bullet weight..So lets just say like between 150 to
    200 grain...:D
     
  2. livtoohunt

    livtoohunt Well-Known Member

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    Varget, RL15, TAC, or AR Comp would me choices and is what I have minus the RL15. Good luck!
     

  3. KPB71

    KPB71 Well-Known Member

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    My Savage 308 likes 43.0gr of Varget and 175gr SMK
     
  4. savagelover

    savagelover Well-Known Member

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    Appreciate it...I have heard of but never tried the tac...Who makes that one..?:)
     
  5. MTBULLET

    MTBULLET Well-Known Member

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    add IMR 8208 also
     
  6. Lefty7mmstw

    Lefty7mmstw Well-Known Member

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    Ramshot imports Tac.....

    I've got some and it works well with heavy's in the 5.56; should be a good powder for the 308 too. Similar to blc2 or h335-- two other good ball choices. Don't forget the 4895's; they are great in both the 308 and '06.
     
  7. jasent

    jasent Well-Known Member

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    Re-19,re-22,imr7828,imr4064 for the lighter side
     
  8. D.ID

    D.ID Well-Known Member

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    Another vote for varget.
     
  9. wyomingblizzard

    wyomingblizzard Well-Known Member

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    I have very good results with tac behind a 155 a max. I also use tac in my 22-250.
     
  10. Lefty7mmstw

    Lefty7mmstw Well-Known Member

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    ???
    he's got a 308 not a 300 win--- rl19, rl22, and 7828 won't get to pressure at 120% compression. 4064 is a good choice though.
     
  11. MTBULLET

    MTBULLET Well-Known Member

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    in a .308? another reason to NOT trust everything you find on the I-net !
     
  12. Greyfox

    Greyfox Well-Known Member

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    Common shelf powders that all produce superb accuracy in the 308 are: R15, Varget, IMR4895, and IMR 4064. About 43gr. of any of them does the trick with a 168-175 gr bullet.
     
  13. savagelover

    savagelover Well-Known Member

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    never tried Varget in the 308..I want to if it warms up a bit..minus 5

    is a bit too cold to be shooting...The bullets will freeze befor getting
    to the targets....

    Only rifle I ever had much luck with 4064 powder was the MI Garand..:cool:
     
  14. Damascus

    Damascus Well-Known Member

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    For loading .308 Win, there are 4 powders that I simply can't live without: Number one performer for me (I shoot 168gr. - 175gr. long range bullets, and the occasional 155gr. Palma) is Alliant Reloder 15. Second would be Accurate 4064. For some reason, in my rifle, AA 4064 prints tighter, more consistent groups than IMR 4064 does, however IMR 4064 usually averages about 15-25 fps faster velocities- not enough to matter to me. Third choice is Hodgdon's Varget, and my fourth choice that I get outstanding groups with is VV N-140.
    If those 3 are just not available anywhere, my secondary choices would be: Ramshot TAC (my number one powder for the Sierra 155 Palma HPBT, Hodgdon's BL-C(2), Winchester 760 (both BL-C(2) and 760 are outstanding powders, but a bit dirty for AR rifles), N-150, N-540 (both work great, but are overpriced and do not outperform N-140), IMR 3031 (good for lighter bullets), and IMR 4350 (everyone should keep a can of 4350 around, it works well in almost everything that uses a large rifle primer - and sometimes is the best choice).

    I use nothing but CCI BR2 primers, unless I absolutely can't find them, in which case I use Federal GM Match.
    I'm sure there are lots of other choices out there, but these are the powders that I personally have a lot of experience with in the .308 Win. My .308 rifles I load for are a Remington 700 26" heavy bbl (1/12" twist), Bell&Carlson A5 tactical stock, Jewell trigger (2.2#), Nikon Monarch 4-16x42 SF on an American Defense mount. The other is a custom AR10 I built, using an LMT upper and lower, PRS stock, Troy forearm, and a KAC barrel with a Trijicon Accupoint 5-20x50 on a Larue QD mount. The 700 likes the slower powders (RL15), and the AR likes the slightly faster powders (especially 4064) and ball powders (TAC, BL-C(2), 760) although I don't like cleaning up after them!