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Old March 29, 2009, 12:55 PM   #1
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Reloder-15 Any Good for .308 Win?

I have a pound of Reloder-15 that I bought for my Marlin 30-30. Powder around here is pretty hard to come by right now. I have found some load data for it in the 308, but am sort of new at reloading rifle ammo. Will Reloder-15 be a pretty good powder in a 308 with a 150 gr jacketed bullet?
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Old March 29, 2009, 12:57 PM   #2
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I use 40 grains of reloader 15 with a 185 grain scenar loaded to 2.850 (book legnth) with Lapua case, 210M primer for 2400 fps and five shot groups around 1/2 inch

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Old March 29, 2009, 01:21 PM   #3
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I've seen a lot of 308 high power shooters going to R-15, I'm not one of them, I still like 4895, but thats me, not the powder.

I do use R-15 in my HP 223 loads though, even if that isnt the question you asked.
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Old March 29, 2009, 03:59 PM   #4
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I load RL 15 for my DPMS LR308B using Sierra SMK 168s, RP brass, Fed Match primers & 42.5 gr RL 15. I got sub MOA groups consistently when I did my job. It is a bit slower than IMR 4895 so perhaps better suited for longer barrels than my 18" tube, but no arguing the results I got.

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Old March 29, 2009, 04:10 PM   #5
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Available .30-30 Winchester Loads using Reloder-15 with 150 gr. bullets
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& Wt. (gr) Powder
Type Charge
(gr) Muzzle
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(ft-lbs) Barrel
Len. (in) Owner
150 Speer Alliant/Herc Reloder-15
34.0CM
2170
1569
20.0
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150 Hornady Alliant/Herc Reloder-15
36.0
2427
1962
22.0
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150 Sierra FN Alliant/Herc Reloder-15
36.0
2446
1993
22.0
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36.0
2450
2000
24.0
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150 Barnes Alliant/Herc Reloder-15
36.0M
2550
2166
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38.0C
2578
2214
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Old March 29, 2009, 04:20 PM   #6
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RL 15 does a respectable job with 150 grain bullets in the .308 Win. You usually can cross the 2800 fps line without compressing it. Start with around 42 grains and work up.
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Old March 29, 2009, 04:21 PM   #7
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Hes asking for 308 loads

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Old March 29, 2009, 04:23 PM   #8
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When a bunch of us were developing loads for the US Palma Team to use Sierra's new 155-gr. bullet, we each used a couple of different charge weights of Reloader 15. None of them shot all that well at 600 to 1000 yards. IMR4895 was the powder of choice as it metered fairly uniformly as well as producing the best groups. All the ball powders did horrible.
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Old March 29, 2009, 04:23 PM   #9
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Yes. R-15 is a great powder for the .308. You can load it for use with 110-200 bullets in that cartridge.
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Old March 29, 2009, 06:32 PM   #10
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Thanks for the reponses guys. I am loading it for my son's Savage that he got for Christmas. I was hoping it would be good for deer hunting. I ggogled it earlier and some said it was temp sensative. I'm not sure if that means the poi would change on a cold or hot day, or if it would not be safe...
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Old March 29, 2009, 06:36 PM   #11
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Could be both of the above. Develop the loads on a warm day using magnum primers if you have some. They will help get it lit up in cold weather. By the time warm weather comes you may be able to get some H4895, which is less sensitive to temperature than most powders.
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Old March 30, 2009, 01:01 PM   #12
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When I loaded for .308 I used r15 and 4895 with great results but the 4895 loads did just a little better in my rifle.
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Old March 31, 2009, 07:51 PM   #13
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BartB- Did you test Varget? How did it do?
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