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Old August 23, 2001, 07:09 PM   #1
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Help with Powder Selection

I am new to reloading and would appreciate some help selecting a good powder for 223 and 30-06. I was thinking of using the reclaimed military powder because it is cheap. With my limited knowledge, it appears that WC-844 is a good choice for 223 and IMR 4895 is a good choice for 30-06.

I took an educated guess that WC-844 is better than WC-846 for 223.

The reloads will be used for high power service rifle competition, 200, 300, 600yd.

Thanks in advance for all coments and suggestions.
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Old August 23, 2001, 08:10 PM   #2
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223 and 30-06 powder selection

I load my 223 and 30-06 with Winchester 748. I get less than 1/2 inch groups at 100 yards.
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Old August 24, 2001, 02:16 PM   #3
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Yup, that's a pretty good selection. I'd really pick Varget as the best powder for both. I'm currently shooting WCC846 in .223; it's not bad, but takes a grain or 2 more to get the same velocity as 844. Unfortunately, like every ball powder, it sucks when temperature or humidity vary a lot.
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Old August 24, 2001, 02:34 PM   #4
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I am using VHT N-135 for my 223, with 53g sierra HPFB and getting consistant less than .150" groups @ 100 yards with my 700VS ( when I do my part )
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Old August 24, 2001, 03:30 PM   #5
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For surplus powder, I'd use 4895 - I shoot it with 55 grainers in my .223, and it does just fine in a .308 - shouldn't be that far off in the .30-06...
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