Originally Posted By Hogslayers:I have tried all of those in my bolt rifle. My rifle liked BLC2 (ball powder) best with 150 gr Hunting bullets I use.
I am about to start reloading for my .308 Remington sps tactical with a 20" barrel. I want to use the Berger VLD 168gr. bullets. So what would be a good powder to start with for working up an accurate load for this 20" barrel with 168gr Berger's?
I have seen my local store carries:
Hodgdon: Varget, BL-C(2), 4895.
Which one of these would be my best bet to start off with? What's your favorite?
You will have to test loads in your rifle to find what it likes.
Varget is a popular choice with match bullets.
I quit using Varget years ago and moved on to better measuring powders with the same accuracy.
IMR-3031, 4064, and 4895 all share the measuring problem with Varget.
Next time I load some 308, I will be trying out IMR-8208 XBR, as I have had great success with it in 223.
It's a short length extruded powder, that measures like ball powder.