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offuuu  [Member]
1/18/2009 5:40:06 PM EST
I just bought a .308 and im looking to reload. I already reload .40 caliber pistol and I use accurate no. 7 for that and it does me fine.

I was curious for you people who reload .308, what is the powder you reload with?

Im of course looking for non-corrosive powder that burns clean. I will be using it for hunting from 0-300 yards and lots of target practice. I dont want to do any super hot loads. I usually load in the midrange. Im too paranoid about squibbs or bursting barrels.

Any help is appreciated!


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Hatrick  [Team Member]
1/18/2009 5:45:09 PM EST
For my 308 hunting loads I use Varget, I get good accuracy, and it is not as temp sensitive as some ball powders.
ArimoDave  [Team Member]
1/18/2009 6:12:10 PM EST
Depending on bullet weight and purpose, IMR4895, IMR3031, Reloder15, IMR4064, and Unique (for the reduced light cast bullet loads).
jason_h  [Member]
1/18/2009 6:18:08 PM EST
Varget. Reloader 15 is good too. IMR 4064 and 4895 are old school, but still work well, just temp sensitive is all, It is believed that 4064 is used in Fed GMM.
esquared  [Member]
1/18/2009 7:48:28 PM EST
All time favorite is IMR8208 but it is off the market . For newer powders I like H-4895 , IMR 4895 , BL-C2 for 308 and .223 and for pistol it is IMR700X and Hodgen clays .
dryflash3  [Team Member]
1/18/2009 8:08:26 PM EST
Originally Posted By offuuu:
I just bought a .308 and im looking to reload. I already reload .40 caliber pistol and I use accurate no. 7 for that and it does me fine.

I was curious for you people who reload .308, what is the powder you reload with?

Im of course looking for non-corrosive powder that burns clean. I will be using it for hunting from 0-300 yards and lots of target practice. I dont want to do any super hot loads. I usually load in the midrange. Im too paranoid about squibbs or bursting barrels.

Any help is appreciated!




I use non-corrosive BLC2, because thats what was most accurate in my rifle.

It's primers that are corrosive or non corrosive.

All primers sold now days are non-corrosive.


FishTheRockRiver  [Team Member]
1/19/2009 3:36:11 AM EST
N140, RL-15, and Varget are great powders for accurate .308 Win handloads.
Aggie_Gunner  [Team Member]
1/19/2009 5:13:54 AM EST
Another Varget guy here, especially for 150gr bullets... also like Accurate 2520

- AG
firewrench044  [Member]
1/19/2009 5:45:16 AM EST

146 - 155 gr IMR4895
168 gr Hodgdon Varget
175 gr IMR 4064
offuuu  [Member]
1/19/2009 1:40:48 PM EST
Originally Posted By dryflash3:
Originally Posted By offuuu:
I just bought a .308 and im looking to reload. I already reload .40 caliber pistol and I use accurate no. 7 for that and it does me fine.

I was curious for you people who reload .308, what is the powder you reload with?

Im of course looking for non-corrosive powder that burns clean. I will be using it for hunting from 0-300 yards and lots of target practice. I dont want to do any super hot loads. I usually load in the midrange. Im too paranoid about squibbs or bursting barrels.

Any help is appreciated!




I use non-corrosive BLC2, because thats what was most accurate in my rifle.

It's primers that are corrosive or non corrosive.

All primers sold now days are non-corrosive.




Thanks for the info, I didnt know what was corrosive!
offuuu  [Member]
1/19/2009 2:36:18 PM EST
ok one more question, a 308 qualifies as a large rifle for primers right?
rn22723  [Team Member]
1/19/2009 3:31:10 PM EST
You ought to get a few full size reloading manuals. This is basic info. Please be careful when loading for the 308. Various data sources use different brass brands. Ergo, you can have pressure issues right quick. Take for instance....Sierra uses Federal brass and Hodgdon uses WW brass. WW loads in Fed brass would not be good!
Originally Posted By offuuu:
ok one more question, a 308 qualifies as a large rifle for primers right?


number40Fan  [Member]
1/19/2009 6:04:28 PM EST
Buy a bunch of RE-15 and Varget. Or just a bunch of one. Either will suit the bill. Even though I am a RE-15 fan, Varget worked great once for me....until I tried Re-15.
offuuu  [Member]
1/20/2009 1:51:19 PM EST
Originally Posted By rn22723:
You ought to get a few full size reloading manuals. This is basic info. Please be careful when loading for the 308. Various data sources use different brass brands. Ergo, you can have pressure issues right quick. Take for instance....Sierra uses Federal brass and Hodgdon uses WW brass. WW loads in Fed brass would not be good!
Originally Posted By offuuu:
ok one more question, a 308 qualifies as a large rifle for primers right?




Ive never heard that about the brass before! Never seen it anywhere else either! But thanks, I will check into that!

Im going with varget powder! Thanks guys for all your help!
nmmi9100  [Team Member]
1/20/2009 2:31:41 PM EST
Originally Posted By offuuu:
Originally Posted By rn22723:
You ought to get a few full size reloading manuals. This is basic info. Please be careful when loading for the 308. Various data sources use different brass brands. Ergo, you can have pressure issues right quick. Take for instance....Sierra uses Federal brass and Hodgdon uses WW brass. WW loads in Fed brass would not be good!
Originally Posted By offuuu:
ok one more question, a 308 qualifies as a large rifle for primers right?




Ive never heard that about the brass before! Never seen it anywhere else either! But thanks, I will check into that!

Im going with varget powder! Thanks guys for all your help!


You really need to get a reloading manual or two and read up. As the other gentleman said, you seem not to know some pretty basic information such as primer size for 308 and that varying brass types will vary pressure.

Please read the front half of a reloading manual before you start loading rifle ammunition or you are darned likely to blow yourself up. Seriously man. Seriously.

We don't need a fellow gun person to lose their life for failing to a reloading manual during a couple sessions on the crapper.

And as the other folks pointed out, RL 15 and Varget are both good general use powders for 308 if you lean toward the slightly heavy bullets for 308 (168, 175). If you lean light (150), BLC(2) is a good option. IMR-4895 is also good. I use BLC(2) in my HK91 with 150s. I use RL-15 for 77 SMKs in 223 in my match rifle. And i've got 8 lbs of Varget for the tactical rifle i'm getting built in 308 that I plan to run 168s or 175 SMKs through.

-David
Edgewood, NM
offuuu  [Member]
1/20/2009 3:04:33 PM EST
Originally Posted By nmmi9100:
Originally Posted By offuuu:
Originally Posted By rn22723:
You ought to get a few full size reloading manuals. This is basic info. Please be careful when loading for the 308. Various data sources use different brass brands. Ergo, you can have pressure issues right quick. Take for instance....Sierra uses Federal brass and Hodgdon uses WW brass. WW loads in Fed brass would not be good!
Originally Posted By offuuu:
ok one more question, a 308 qualifies as a large rifle for primers right?




Ive never heard that about the brass before! Never seen it anywhere else either! But thanks, I will check into that!

Im going with varget powder! Thanks guys for all your help!


You really need to get a reloading manual or two and read up. As the other gentleman said, you seem not to know some pretty basic information such as primer size for 308 and that varying brass types will vary pressure.

Please read the front half of a reloading manual before you start loading rifle ammunition or you are darned likely to blow yourself up. Seriously man. Seriously.

We don't need a fellow gun person to lose their life for failing to a reloading manual during a couple sessions on the crapper.

And as the other folks pointed out, RL 15 and Varget are both good general use powders for 308 if you lean toward the slightly heavy bullets for 308 (168, 175). If you lean light (150), BLC(2) is a good option. IMR-4895 is also good. I use BLC(2) in my HK91 with 150s. I use RL-15 for 77 SMKs in 223 in my match rifle. And i've got 8 lbs of Varget for the tactical rifle i'm getting built in 308 that I plan to run 168s or 175 SMKs through.

-David
Edgewood, NM


I have a nosler reloading guide,but I will buy a sierra guide, as thats what I want to shoot. Thanks for all the advice guys.
I will be shooting heavier bullets as I have a 1/10 twist barrel. so 168gr and above.
sniper1886  [Member]
1/20/2009 3:17:38 PM EST
Need more info barrel length ? twist? projectile?
tactrat  [Member]
1/20/2009 4:46:16 PM EST
I get good results with Varget.
drmgallen  [Team Member]
1/20/2009 4:53:49 PM EST
Originally Posted By offuuu:
Originally Posted By nmmi9100:
Originally Posted By offuuu:
Originally Posted By rn22723:
You ought to get a few full size reloading manuals. This is basic info. Please be careful when loading for the 308. Various data sources use different brass brands. Ergo, you can have pressure issues right quick. Take for instance....Sierra uses Federal brass and Hodgdon uses WW brass. WW loads in Fed brass would not be good!
Originally Posted By offuuu:
ok one more question, a 308 qualifies as a large rifle for primers right?




Ive never heard that about the brass before! Never seen it anywhere else either! But thanks, I will check into that!

Im going with varget powder! Thanks guys for all your help!


You really need to get a reloading manual or two and read up. As the other gentleman said, you seem not to know some pretty basic information such as primer size for 308 and that varying brass types will vary pressure.

Please read the front half of a reloading manual before you start loading rifle ammunition or you are darned likely to blow yourself up. Seriously man. Seriously.

We don't need a fellow gun person to lose their life for failing to a reloading manual during a couple sessions on the crapper.

And as the other folks pointed out, RL 15 and Varget are both good general use powders for 308 if you lean toward the slightly heavy bullets for 308 (168, 175). If you lean light (150), BLC(2) is a good option. IMR-4895 is also good. I use BLC(2) in my HK91 with 150s. I use RL-15 for 77 SMKs in 223 in my match rifle. And i've got 8 lbs of Varget for the tactical rifle i'm getting built in 308 that I plan to run 168s or 175 SMKs through.

-David
Edgewood, NM


I have a nosler reloading guide,but I will buy a sierra guide, as thats what I want to shoot. Thanks for all the advice guys.
I will be shooting heavier bullets as I have a 1/10 twist barrel. so 168gr and above.


Look into the 165 gr lead heads or the 150 gr Barnes (TSX or MRX). You will be happy forever....

How long is your tube?

CCW  [Team Member]
1/20/2009 4:54:45 PM EST
Its got to be Varget. It seems like there are varget recipes for practically every size and weight bullet made for the .308 (7.62 x 51). See the Hodgdon online data. All the max. load data points for Varget in the .308 show compressed loads. That is a nice safety feature.
offuuu  [Member]
1/20/2009 6:30:48 PM EST
Originally Posted By sniper1886:
Need more info barrel length ? twist? projectile?


26" stainless steel fluted barrel. 1/10 twist and I want to start off trying 168 gr bullet. I will try 165 maybe and I will try 175. Maybe expirement with other, dont know yet.

quantim2  [Team Member]
1/20/2009 6:32:47 PM EST
I like IMR4064. I have some Varget and RE15 to try out, but the 4064 does really well for me.
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