New to rifle reloading - Powder suggestions?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by engineer40, May 29, 2015.

  1. engineer40

    engineer40 Well-Known Member

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    I've reloaded shotgun enough through the years and some pistol stuff with my dad a while back. But I always used Unique.

    I've recently purchased a single stage press and dies for 2 of my rifles to start; 30-06 and 223.

    I have other rifles that I will be reloading for eventually, but these 2 cartridges are where i decided to start for now.

    I'm pretty good about researching information but there are so many powder choices, I feel like I'm spinning my wheels here.

    I have some Lapua and Norma brass coming.

    If it makes a difference on decision criteria:
    30-06 is a bolt action with 22 inch barrel.
    223 is a semi auto with 16 inch barrel.

    What are some good choices for match grade rifle powders?

    Should I start with getting 2 or 3 different, 1lb jugs to do load development on?

    Thanks everyone!
     
  2. gohring3006

    gohring3006 Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    Any of the 4350's is a good place to start with the 30-06 with 165 grn and up. And Benchmark works well for my .223. If your .223 is not a AR, then i have had good luck with H 4198 in a couple bolt guns.
     
  3. Hawk in WY

    Hawk in WY Well-Known Member

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    Please buy a reloading manual: Lyman, Nosler, Sierra, many good ones. Buy several.

    Read thoroughly. Read again. You will learn a lot, particularly how to load safely.

    There are many good powder choices for different bullet weights in different calibers.

    Good luck.
     
  4. engineer40

    engineer40 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks gohring3006! That does match up with some info I've been finding.


    I have a Lyman manual coming in the same shipment as my equipment. So all good there! I'm asking the questions up front because I've heard powder can take a while to get these days and your choices may be not as many. Just trying to be prepared. Thanks!
     
  5. Trickymissfit

    Trickymissfit Well-Known Member

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    I'd try IMR 4350 and AA4350 in the 30-06 being as you have a 22" barrel. For the .223, I'd try XM2015BR, and maybe 2230. The 2015 was designed for the .223 in an auto weapon. H335 works well, and throws very accurately. If you happen upon some H322, by all means try it. Suspect BLC2 will be a touch too slow for a 16" barrel.
    gary
     
  6. Hawk in WY

    Hawk in WY Well-Known Member

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    Good to hear that.

    I suggest you read the manual first.

    Select the bullets you want to shoot based on the twist rates of your barrels and what exactly you want to shoot.

    Only then select a powder. Many good choices.

    If you buy powders without knowing what bullet you intend to load, you could be very disappointed.

    Good luck.
     
  7. RockZ

    RockZ Well-Known Member

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    For the .223 try Alliant AR Comp.
     
  8. jrsolocam

    jrsolocam Banned

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    If you can't get the 06 to shoot with one of the 4350's or 4831's, there might be a problem with the rifle...:D