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Old March 28, 2011, 11:10 PM   #1
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New powders - anyone used them?

IMR 8208 XBR and Hodgdon's Hybrid 100V - has anyone used them? Any advantages over what's already out there?
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Old March 28, 2011, 11:22 PM   #2
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I have used the IMR 8208 XBR for 223. 60 grain Hornady A-Max Excellent results a bit hot had to drop 0.20 of a grain to keep pressure down. (Winchester new brass, Win SR primers) 22.8 grains final load for short OAL 2.20 for an AR. Instant ignition and moderate recoil.

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Old March 29, 2011, 02:00 AM   #3
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I use a 1 lb can of 8208 XBR to hold down a stack of paper.
Results are good, so far.

(It was given to me. I didn't want it, and don't plan use it. I have enough "wonder powders" already. )
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Old March 29, 2011, 07:14 AM   #4
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I just loaded some 8208 into .204 Ruger, but haven't been to the range yet as it's too cold out for the chrony. I plan to try it in my 22/250 also.
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Old March 29, 2011, 07:25 AM   #5
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Ran a test load in my 7mm-08 last weekend with 8208 pushing a 140grn TSX. The powder had good ignition but the round was inaccurate however, I believe its the bullet the rifle doesn't like as this the 5th powder I've tried with it and the same results. I may load some 150 BT or some 130 Matchkings and see what it does.
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Old March 29, 2011, 09:17 AM   #6
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I was surprised to see Hodgon recommending 8028 for both the .223 rem and the .243WSSM. I tried it in both and it works quite well in both my rifles.
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Old March 29, 2011, 09:36 AM   #7
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It must be the season for new powders. I notice that Alliant has some new powders as well, spherical rifle powders in four speeds. And a couple of new stick powders.

Hmmm. I still use Unique and Bullseye, along with their rifle powders, mainly RL15 and 22. I don't know what I'd do with a new rifle powder.
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Old March 29, 2011, 10:25 AM   #8
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The tide must be coming in. New powders, the best thing since siliced bread, totally revolutionary, blah, blah, blah.

I like short cut extruded powders. Ball powders are hard to ignite, not as flexible as extruded, and even though they throw better, I don't see any improvements on target.

Now if I got more velocity with less pressure, that would be great. I would jump for joy if the stuff cost less per pound, like 20 to 50% less, than what I am currently using.

But that is not going to happen.

The tide will go out and what will be left is the flotsam of copy from gun magazines.
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Old March 29, 2011, 11:02 AM   #9
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I tried a lot of loads last year and it worked well in my .223 and 22-250. I did not achieve more speed but better accuracy.

34 grain Midway dogtowns
cci 400
Lake city brass
8208 XBR 1/2 grain under max
3 in same hole 2 others 1/4 " away

52 grain Sierra match
CCI bench rest
Remington brass
8208XBR near max load
5 holes touch at 100 yards

Limited testing with AR-15 in 204 ruger shows promise with all bullet weights.

Problem is I have lots of other powders on hand that give great results and a clean burn. When they are gone it's only Varget and 8208XBR for me..
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Old March 29, 2011, 05:57 PM   #10
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Thanks, everyone. I know - it's like a sickness. I have a 6mmPPC that gave me a 5-shot, 100 yd group with BLC(2) and a Berger 68gr HP that measured 0.2882".

I have a 4-shot group that measures 0.2742" at 100 yd with my 25-06 using H-1000 and a Hornady 120gr HP.

But I just w-o-n-d-e-r if I can get a smaller group with 8208.....
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