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Old February 1, 2011, 05:18 PM   #1
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AR powder usage Question

I just bought myself an AR. I want to use a powder that is clean-burning to minimize malfunctions. Yes, I know proper cleaning and maintenance is key but I would like to use a cleaner-burning powder to minimize buildup. What have you found that keeps your AR or similar rifle cleaner than other powders? Thanks in advance.
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Old February 1, 2011, 05:29 PM   #2
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My favorite powder for the 5.56, 6.5 grendel, and 6.8 is AA2230. It won't give you the highest velocities possible but I have always been able to get an accurate load that is clean and fast with very minimal flash. From what I understand ramshot x-terminator is the same thing.
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Old February 1, 2011, 07:19 PM   #3
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Thanks. I'll definitely look into that. What kind of accuracy do you generally get with that powder? I know every gun is different and the bullets used make a big difference but I would like to get a general idea of what that powder usually can do.
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Old February 1, 2011, 07:46 PM   #4
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I also have loaded many rounds using 2230 and find it clean and accurate. I have used it with just about any weight bullet that the 223 will use and it works great.
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Old February 1, 2011, 08:03 PM   #5
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We have a bunch of 2460 and my dad's Savage loves it. Is that a clean powder or no? I will look at getting a pound of the 2230 but we have about 8 lbs of the 2460 so if it's also a clean powder it'd be great to use that.
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Old February 2, 2011, 08:15 AM   #6
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Win 748, pushing 55-gr. Win. (bulk) FMJ.
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Old February 2, 2011, 08:37 AM   #7
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I have used AA2460; works just fine.
My go to powder is Reloader 15. 24.5 grains and a 77 grain Sierra Matchking = two inch groups at 200 yards.
My best group ever - from any rifle - was a 100 yard five shot 1/2" group from the AR with iron sights. That was a 2460 load with a 52 grain match bullet (I forget which one). Not near my data records right now.
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Old February 2, 2011, 08:50 AM   #8
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Personal Choice on powder

For 40 grain to 55 grain bullets H335, for bullets 60 grain to 75 grain H4895 works well. Or you could try to find IMR 8208 XBR for all of them.


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Old February 2, 2011, 08:53 AM   #9
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For my light bullets <55 grns I found H335 works best for me. For my 77 & 80 bullets I use in High Power Service Rifle shooting RL15 seems to be the most accurate in my guns.
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Old February 2, 2011, 11:00 AM   #10
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I easily get under 1" at 100 yards with AA2230. It has been my most consistent powder by far. A string of 10 shots usually give a SD of 5 or so.
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Old February 3, 2011, 08:47 PM   #11
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I like 27g Varget in my 223 with a 55 grain bullet and Varget or Vithavori (sp?) N160 for my 260 and a variety of bullets

The good thing about Varget in the 223 is that you cannot overcharge a case.

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Old February 3, 2011, 09:57 PM   #12
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i just got back from the range, shooting 26 gr. Varget under a 69 gr. HPBT Sierra Matchking. haven't had any "dirty" issues. just mounted my girlfriends scope for her 270 on my rifle for [email protected]#s and giggles; (bushmaster AR-15, 20" 1:8 twist, flat top upper, full match rifle) and i was shooting .75 inch groups at 100 yds. off of sandbags. this is a very accurate load out to 600 yds, and clean burning. metering is an issue unless you're using electric powder measure. this is my "match" load/pet load.
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Old February 4, 2011, 12:44 AM   #13
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I have used IMR-4895, Tac, and W748 in reloading .223 and they all seem to be good clean burning powders.
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Old February 4, 2011, 01:58 AM   #14
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For 55 grains and under I like R-10X, W 748, X-terminator,AA2230, IMR 4198
For 60 and above it's Varget and R-15

Thats AR-15 my favorite powders.
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