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Old May 13, 2008, 11:06 AM   #1
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Powder for My .308

I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice on what powder I should start reloading in my .308 if i want to shoot a 168gr. BTHP. In my book there are so many powders to choose from, where do I start? I dont want to buy the 10 different powders they list just to find that only one gives me the accuracy I want.
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Old May 13, 2008, 11:17 AM   #2
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You will have real good luck with IMR 4064 or Varget....
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Old May 13, 2008, 11:42 AM   #3
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RL 15 gives me sub 1/2" 5 shot groups.

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Old May 13, 2008, 11:43 AM   #4
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You need to pay attention to the brass that the data is using. If you look at the Hodgdon web site they use WW brass. Whereas, Sierra uses Federal brass.

I would look at:
IMR 3031
IMR 4895
IMR 4064
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Old May 13, 2008, 11:50 AM   #5
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Varget and or RL15
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Old May 13, 2008, 11:54 AM   #6
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If you are shooting an M1A/M14 you need to pay attention to the powder burn rate or you could damage your rifle. You can't go wrong with H (or IMR) 4895.

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Old May 13, 2008, 12:04 PM   #7
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I stick with IMR-4895 or IMR-4064 for my .308's with great accuracy results.
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Old May 13, 2008, 01:03 PM   #8
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A minority report...

Straz--I load 165 grain bullets in .308 Win, but all the manuals say that loads for 165's can be used with 168's and vice versa. The difference, apparently, is too small to futz with.

Anyhow, I get XLNT results using IMR 4350, or H 380, loading for the .308.
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Old May 13, 2008, 05:25 PM   #9
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I shoot 175 gr Sierra Match BTHP through my Savage .308 rifle. For powder, I like using Accurate 2520. Good powder for 168 gr and up.
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Old May 13, 2008, 08:17 PM   #10
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I've always started with the powder given for the accuracy load. Mind you, Not all maunals give one. Lyman does.
IMR4064 gives consistent accuracy with 168 grain match bullets though.
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