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Old March 1, 2013, 08:35 PM   #1
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.223 and 308WIN Powder...

New to re-loading and going to do the rounds looking for powder. I want one to start with that works well with .223 and 308WIN. My first choice was H335 but what are some other good choices?

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Old March 1, 2013, 09:04 PM   #2
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So many....

Check out the lists in any Reloading Book/s.

748, IMR-4895, H-4895, Varget..... These are my first choices. What and how you load and for what will be your determining factors.

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Old March 1, 2013, 09:40 PM   #3
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my vote is for 748
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Old March 1, 2013, 10:15 PM   #4
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I just bought a pound of CFE223 for $35.00 today, my only regret is I only have the pound to load with so its 223 for now, but I would like to try it in my 308.
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Old March 1, 2013, 11:17 PM   #5
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a couple of other options that might be available (these days, you need all the options available!) Ramshot TAC, Accurate 2460 and IMR-8208-XBR. I have used each with good results in the .223, would expect decent performance in the .308 Win.
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Old March 2, 2013, 12:15 AM   #6
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Thanks for the replies. I am going to be loading the .223 with 55grain and higher weight bullets. The .308 with 168 grain bullets most of the time.

Looked in my manual and found quite a few options. Was asking to get some favorites or properties of some. Probably just going to get anything that is available.
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Old March 2, 2013, 12:23 AM   #7
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.223 and 308WIN Powder...

Hodgdon BL-C2 was the original 7.62x51 powder and also is good in .223. That would be my first choice to load both .223 and .308. Varget would be my second choice.
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Old March 2, 2013, 12:44 AM   #8
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H335 = WC844 military surplus (usually available) = 223 mil spec
can also be used to load 308, where it is best with lighter bullets.
BL-C2 = WC846 military surplus (usually available) = 308 mil spec
can also be used to load 223.

But what I purchased last was Accurate 2520 which will give you maximum velocity with 65, 69 and 75 gr 223 and 165, 168, 180 (all per Sierra manual and Accurates data). I have not loaded any of my one pound jar yet, but am already planning buying more. Accurate ball powders meter very well and I have really liked what I have used so far, which was 8 lbs of Data 2230-C.
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Old March 2, 2013, 01:16 AM   #9
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I didn't like 748 in 223. It started to give me high pressure signs with heavier bullets but maybe it's ok with 55s. I found 4895 to be good and it's a go to 308 powder for many. TAC and 2230 are also good in 223 and I've read they work also in 308.
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