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Old July 15, 2009, 07:01 AM   #1
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Surplus powder - RG4895

8 lbs will be here Friday. I was tempted to get 16 lbs but had no prior knowledge of it. Have any of you tried it?
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Old July 15, 2009, 07:19 AM   #2
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You bought 8 lb. of a powder you know nothing about?
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Old July 15, 2009, 10:24 AM   #3
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I know that it is surplus 4895 of some variety. I'm sure I can make it work in something. It is only $109 plus shipping. Not a bad gamble in my view.
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Old July 15, 2009, 10:38 AM   #4
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Yes, a lot of folks do exactly that. All you really need is a safe place to start and a good head on your shoulders. When you make it work, you end up with a powder deal that kicks the crap out of buying one pound cans.

Sorry Hodaka, I don't have any help for you.
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Old July 15, 2009, 11:26 AM   #5
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Where did you buy it from?
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Old July 15, 2009, 11:29 AM   #6
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Well, looks like Wideners has it.

Note the description. That should be fairly obvious.

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RG4895 8lb Keg

This is Surplus Military Powder from Radway Green of Great Britain. It is as used in 7.62 x 51 (308) Radway Green ammunition. It is extremely clean burning and produces consistant pressure loads.

Burn Rate is similar to IMR4895.
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Old July 17, 2009, 03:53 PM   #7
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The powder arrived, just like UPS said it would. It seems to be a bit finer than I remember IMR 4895 to be plus it has a sweet, almost perfume-like smell. A bonus is that it metered great. I've loaded up some .223 and some .308 rounds, starting a bit lower than my old favorite loads. I'll try to remember to bring my chronograph this weekend and I'll post the results.
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Old July 17, 2009, 09:54 PM   #8
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Tough crowd.

You guys think buying one 8 pound can is risky???

I have bought 4 and even 6 of surplus 4895 and never had any problems.

I would have bought some of this RG but I am well stocked with IMR 4895.

The stuff I got in 2002 is still fine and I wish I had bought more back when it was $72.00 per 8 pounds and free hazmat if you bought 4 or more.

Yep, butter was 2 cents a pound and gas was a dime a gallon in dem goot ole days


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