So long story short I am a long time reloader and shooter just picked up a new savage predator in 260 for my oldest son as this will be his first year hunting in montana and I have been doing load developement for it. First thing I did was scour through all the online reloading forums I visit for info and looked for loads and powders used by others. I came to the conclusion that h 4831 and h 4350 would be good starting points to push the 140 bergers I plan on shooting. Well with the powder shortage around here I was unable to aquire any hodgon powder, but did have some imr in both 4831 and 4350 as well as some h1000 so I made test loads with all three powders and quickly came to the conclusion that out of these three powders h1000 shot by far the best averageing 5/8 of an inch at 100...comopared to 1 1/2 with the others Now my question is does imr produce similiar enough results to hodgon that I should just work on my h1000 load developement or wait and try to pick up some h 4831 and 4350 and give it a try. Also are there any other powders that you fellas have found to work well with the 140's out of the 260?? anyone try varget?? I am thinking that in all reality if i can get my h1000 loads to average .5 and the sd and es are suitable I might just stick with it even though it isn't the norm just because I have several rifles that use the same powder and like to buy large lots of it.