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Powders for M4 Carbine

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Disregarded9-side, Dec 19, 2011.

  1. Disregarded9-side

    Disregarded9-side Armchair IPSCer

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    I've used H4198 (not a fan, too fast burning for the gas system) and H-335, which I like quite a bit, as does my rifle. Just ran out of is while completing some late night reloading. What do y'all like to feed your ARs?

    The powders I'd like to hear a bit about are:
    -BL-C(2)
    -IMR-4895
    -H-4895

    Thanks, and happy holidays.
     
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    I like Varget - always had great results with it in 5.56/.223 and .308.
     

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    EL_NinO619 EX-Swage Monkey

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    Ramshot TAC is the Final Answer. Guaranteed
     
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    byf43 NRA Endowment Life Member

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    H-335 and Sierra 69 gr BTHP MatchKing.

    :thumbsup:
     
  5. JRI

    JRI

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    IMR 4320,I cannot stand ball powders,plus I've used IMR stick powders for going on 35yrs.
     
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    Once you try TAC you'll never go back.
     
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    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

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    Word... TAC is where it's at. I loaded 69g SMK's with 23.3g at 2.250 and got 1/4 MOA AT 200 yards.
     
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    I use BL-C(2), ball powder meters just like H335 but I get slightly better accuracy in my AR.
     
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    Why don't you like ball powers?
     
  10. JRI

    JRI

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    I've not been able to achieve good accuracy from ball powders,nor do I care for the increased temperature sensitivity of ball powders.Plus I started off with IMR stick powders,35yrs ago,and have had the best luck with them.

    Jeff
     
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    fredj338

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    So Jeff, how many have you tried? 35yrs ago there weren't that many, now we have a bunch, some very good ones. For loading on a progressive, I bet I could find one your rifle likes.:wavey:
     
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    I like either Benchmark or IMR 4895, H4895, Varget. All are good powders for the AR.:supergrin:
     
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    Great points Fred,they're weren,t many back then,I still load on a single stage RCBS Rockchucker just never warmed up to the progressive presses,especially for rifle cartridges.No doubt in my mind you could find a couple that would work,but I got a bad taste in my mouth towards ball powders,and never had the desire to try them again,perhaps I may sometime.

    Anyhow,I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!

    Jeff
     
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    Back at you jeff.:reindeer:
     
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    Tac, BLC-2, 748, Varget in that order. Varget is better than 748 but 748's metering factor puts it over Varget..
     
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    IMR 4895 and Hornady 68gr BTHP bullets.
     
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    Pretty fond of 4895, as I can also use it in my 30-06 Garand ammo. Has a nice push-feel to it instead of a quick snap like some other powders I've tried. A little unnerving though, being a compressed load. Crunch!

    Unfortunately it's uber expensive where I'm at, being popular for the Garand crowd. 25gr of Reloder 15 is fine with me, got another couple pounds left.
     
  19. Disregarded9-side

    Disregarded9-side Armchair IPSCer

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    Very impressive.
    What kind of barrel were you shooting out of?

    I'm at 16.1" & 1x9 twist.
     
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    Once you try varget, you'll never go...

    I cant think of anything that rhymes with varget... nuttin that makes sense anyway... bummer...