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Old February 24, 2013, 07:45 PM   #1
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Best all-around powder

Here is my dilemma . . I have 5 rifles (.243, 7mm rem. mag, .270, .308. and 30-06) I have limited resources, but would like to reload for all 5 with the same powder. I do not require extreme speeds, but acceptable whitetail hunting and occasional target-shooting accuracy. I have a rockchucker and dies for all 5. Is there an all-around powder that you could recommend that would suffice for all 5 calibers? Appreciative of any response.
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Old February 24, 2013, 07:59 PM   #2
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I load for 3 of those 5 calibers, .243, .308, and.30-06. My vote is for IMR 4895. It gives me great accuracy. My loads are warm, I don't go to the max, I'm somewhere alittle above a middle of the road load.
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Old February 24, 2013, 08:01 PM   #3
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Why limit yourself to one powder? There's many good powders out there. What's the difference between buying a pound of three different powders or a pound of the same powder three times?
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Old February 24, 2013, 08:07 PM   #4
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IMR 4350 will also cover those cartridges
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Old February 24, 2013, 08:08 PM   #5
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What's the difference between buying a pound of three different powders or a pound of the same powder three times?
Not much, but there's a significant price difference between buying 1-lb bottles of four different powders versus a 4-lb jug of one powder.

Also, when I have a bunch of different powders, it seems like I'm always on the verge of running out of at least one of them.

Still, I'd rather stock multiple powders than spend a lot of time trying to find "one powder to rule them all", or settling for a powder that may work for all the calibers needed, but not be the optimal powder for any of them.
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Old February 24, 2013, 08:13 PM   #6
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Thank you for your responses. I do have a few lbs. of RL-22 around, so that should cover my 7mm Magnum. I especially want to bridge the gap between my .243 and .308. I will shoot Remington 100 gr. softpoints in the .243 and Sierra gameking 165's in my .308. This is because these are the bullets I have on hand. I'm researching Varget and RL-22 as well as Bl-C(2) right now.
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Old February 24, 2013, 08:15 PM   #7
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IMR-4064. I used it regularly to load, .243, .30-06, .300 Savage, and 6.5 Arisaka. It did very well with all of those.
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Old February 24, 2013, 08:38 PM   #8
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Varget. Next best, IMR 4064

IMR 4350 worked great in everything other than the 308. Could not get the velocity I wanted.
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Old February 24, 2013, 08:39 PM   #9
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H4831 will work well in the 243Win/7mm mag/270Win, IMR4064 or IMR4895 will cover your 308Win & 30/06 Springfield. Those two powders will cover all five calibers, you should have high velocity with good accuracy.. William
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Old February 24, 2013, 11:25 PM   #10
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I didnt post the bullets weights I use for 243, 308, and 30-06. Again, I love IMR 4895, in the 243 I use 85gr HPBT bullets, 308 I use 168gr HPBT, and 30-06 I use 180gr HPBT. Come to think of it, yes IMR 4064 would probably work well too but as for me I like 4895. I may give Varget a try sometime as I've heard good about it as well as Reloader 19.
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Old February 24, 2013, 11:28 PM   #11
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I use Varget for .243 (100 gr bullets) and .30-06 (150 gr bullets).

It isn't the best performing powder for either caliber, but it seems to work consistently, at slightly less than maximum possible velocities if I used other powders.
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Old February 25, 2013, 02:13 PM   #12
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BLC (2) will also work. These days it's whatever you can find.
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Old February 25, 2013, 06:27 PM   #13
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I'm the thirteenth reply on this thread, and no one has mentioned probably the only powder that SUITS all those calibers the best, IMR 4350.

Dang I didn't see Bigdnfl's post sorry Big D!!!
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Old February 25, 2013, 06:31 PM   #14
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I guess that settles that. I go out and buy a keg of IMR 4350 , 10,000 large rifle primers, 100 winchester cases for each caliber, reload em up and let Barry and Joe try to take our guns.
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Old February 25, 2013, 06:35 PM   #15
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Good luck brother, you should have already stocked your loading bench.
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Old February 25, 2013, 08:14 PM   #16
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My vote IMR 4350
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