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Powder recommendations for .308/16" barrel

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Openroadracer, Nov 9, 2010.

  1. Openroadracer

    Openroadracer

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    I've been reloading for a Savage Model 10 bolt action using Varget powder. I'm looking into getting a 16" barrel AR in .308 and wonder if there's a better powder for the shorter barrel? I'd like something that meters better as well. I've been shooting a variety of bullets in the Savage, but will probably stick with 150-155gr in the AR.

    I've used AA2230 in .223 with 50-55gr bullets with good results, and it's listed in my Lyman manual for .308, but I've never read about anyone using it.

    Suggestions?
     
  2. dudel

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    I like Varget for the 40-55gr .223 projectiles. For heavier projectiles, TAC works well in .223


    Can't speak to .308 though
     

  3. Three-Five-Seven

    Three-Five-Seven Señor Mombo Millennium Member

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    I really like Varget. You can try 748, which was developed specifically for this round and the .223.

    If you're not having metering problems with Varget, stay with it. If you are having metering problems, try 748.
     
  4. EL_NinO619

    EL_NinO619 EX-Swage Monkey

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    TAC or 3031 both work well for my .308 loads. 3031 is large stick and does not metter well in some powder throwers, but for some reason my 20 buck LEE throws stick powder like a champ. As for the powders i think it will come down to how you are loading them, on a SS or Progressive and how the powder meters for you. With a 150 grain bullet, whats the twist rate on the barrel?
     
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  5. Hoser

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    Varget or maybe Varget.

    Stick with what works.
     
  6. EL_NinO619

    EL_NinO619 EX-Swage Monkey

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    As a reloader I usaly don't stop when something just "works". There are many good powders and just because it works does not make it close to the best. To me that is the fun of the hobby. Experimenting and finding a better formula. :number1:
     
  7. sourdough44

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    I'd be looking at TAC or H-4895.
     
  8. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    I like Varget or 4320 as well, but for the shorter barrel, I might look at something a little quicker burning like one of the 4895's.

    I haven't loaded AA2230 in anything but .223, but it might work well too...

    :dunno:
     
  9. dudel

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    If funds were no object I would agree. Heck, years ago, I did agree and ended up with many partially used cans of powder and lots of projectiles that didn't really work out. Not really a big deal, as I may still find something to use them for. It's fun to find the one combination that gets the most from a gun. But it's also a time consuming process (at least it is if done correctly).

    I can see why people find a load that works well, then stock high and deep with the components for that combination. That's sort of where I've ended up. Then they can focus on shooting; not load workup. If one is always testing loads, then it's hard to work on actual shooting skills.

    Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), I must have gotten better (or lucky), because the load development process for the 45 GAP went very, very quickly. I'm almost sorry it's over. I may have to try again with a diffrent projectile. Ballistically, I'm not sure I could improve much on my current load. It works quite well in my gun (so I loaded up several hundred rounds and ordered more of the same components).
     
  10. dudel

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  11. Myke_Hart

    Myke_Hart Handloader

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    I'm going to go against the crowd here and suggest....... Varget.

    .308 works well with all sorts of powders, but Varget is the one I keep coming back to.

    I have to say that I do not like Varget in .223/5.56. I can't get the velocity I want with it, so I compress it and it packs a wallop in recoil in .223. So I don't use it there anymore.
     
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  12. TAC for me in the .308
     
  13. EL_NinO619

    EL_NinO619 EX-Swage Monkey

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    Testing out TAC this weekend in my .308. Will let you know how it woks..