The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Skunkworks > Handloading, Reloading, and Bullet Casting

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old February 17, 2012, 01:24 PM   #1
ScottRiqui
Senior Member
 
Join Date: January 27, 2010
Location: Norfolk, VA
Posts: 2,905
What's this powder suited for?

When my skipper transferred to Italy and couldn't ship his gunpowder, he gave a bunch of it to me. I recognized the pistol powders and will have a use for them, but I don't reload any rifle calibers except .223. In with everything else was eight pounds of IMR4895 and sixteen pounds of WC860.

Are there any calibers/loads where these powders are really popular? I'd like to be able to give/trade them to someone that can use them.
ScottRiqui is offline  
Old February 17, 2012, 01:37 PM   #2
griz
Senior Member
 
Join Date: July 31, 2000
Location: Middle Peninsula, VA
Posts: 1,438
4895 probably is useful in more rifle rounds than almost anything else. It is great in 223, 308, and most middle of the road rounds. It also has applications in many others, like the 30-06 and larger rounds. I have not used 860, but I understand it is a slower powder well suited for the big magnum rounds and smaller screamers such as the 25-06.
griz is offline  
Old February 17, 2012, 01:44 PM   #3
Kayser
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 29, 2002
Location: Illinois :(
Posts: 550
IMR4895 is a superb powder for 308 and 30-06. It was developed back in the day specifically for M2 ball (Garand ammo). It does wonders for my bolt action 308.
__________________
-----------------
Box Of Truth Afficionado!
Kayser is offline  
Old February 17, 2012, 02:04 PM   #4
PawPaw
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 24, 2010
Location: Central Louisiana
Posts: 3,113
From Jeff Bartlett's GI Brass:
Quote:
WC-860 Original application is U.S. .50 Cal. BMG ammo, used for the Ball M33 and API M8 projectile. A ball powder which can be loaded using Hodgdon H870 or AA8700 data.
On the other hand, IMR 4895 was designed for the .30-06 and is still a very standard powder in that caliber. It has a lot of useful applications in other calibers as well. I currently have IMR 4895 data for .223, .243, .30-30 .308, .30-06, and .45-70. It's a great cast bullet powder as well.

When I get a new caliber, one of the first things I do is work up a load with IMR 4895. It's a standard powder on my bench and I buy it in 8 lb jugs.
__________________
Dennis Dezendorf

http://pawpawshouse.blogspot.com
PawPaw is offline  
Old February 18, 2012, 01:14 AM   #5
BIGR
Senior Member
 
Join Date: June 13, 2000
Location: Mountains
Posts: 1,247
IMR 4895 is one of my favorites for the 22-250 varmit rifle that I have.
BIGR is offline  
Old February 18, 2012, 01:19 AM   #6
chris in va
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 26, 2004
Location: Louisville KY
Posts: 12,548
8# of 4895...lucky. Use it in your 223 loads.
chris in va is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:49 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.07469 seconds with 7 queries