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Posted: 5/10/2009 3:08:31 AM EDT
I have been reloading for 20 plus years but i have never used Accurate Arms Powder ,but had to get some yesterday as ,well if i didnt i dont reload,so i got a pound of AA2495 to load up some 165 sst hornady rounds for the 308,but just very confused as sierra says for a 165 to start at 37.0 and stop at 40.4 and AA says start at 40 and end at 44 grains,may be a bit off as everything is on the bench,but why the big swing in the loads ??? I am not really sure about this powder at all now,so if any of you are using this powder a few answers would be great,Sure wish IMR would get some powder on market as i still like the old stand by 4895,4064,3031 or RE15
Link Posted: 5/10/2009 5:26:08 AM EDT
Never used AA-2495, but AA-2230 in 223 is one of my favorite powders.

In my area, the 1 pound price is $3 to $4 cheaper than other rifle powders.
Link Posted: 5/10/2009 6:57:33 AM EDT
Link Posted: 5/10/2009 8:37:57 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/10/2009 8:44:01 AM EDT by MoneyMaker]
yep sierras has if not mistaken 37.4 to start 40.4 as max as well,seems kinda of a scary powder company that Accurate Arms is listing all there loads so much hotter for all calibers with there powder.
Link Posted: 5/10/2009 8:41:43 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/10/2009 8:44:43 AM EDT by MoneyMaker]
well i took a wwc case and loaded 40 grains of AA2495 and it makes a pretty good full case and you can here it crushing the powder on a 165grn bullet set to a depth of 2.750So 40 grains is compressed with a 165 grn bullet set to 2.750 COL
Link Posted: 5/10/2009 9:04:12 AM EDT
Pay attention to the case manufacturer. Sierra uses FC cases for the 308. FC cases call for a couple grains less powder than Winchester, for example.
Link Posted: 5/10/2009 9:31:09 AM EDT
i used win cases and at 40 grains it is a crunching compress load.
Link Posted: 5/10/2009 10:19:17 AM EDT
Link Posted: 5/10/2009 12:51:24 PM EDT
50.0 grains
Link Posted: 5/10/2009 2:34:01 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/10/2009 2:46:54 PM EDT
40 grains was in the neck above the shoulder,just alot of powder as i understand it is a course long grain stick powder but when i used Varget it was not like that as far as i can remember,think i will load up a few starting on the low sierra load side and see what takes place,just gonna have to find some other powders i like and have used alot of like,IMR 4064,IMR 3031,IMR4895,H4895,RE15 if i can locate about 2-3 pounds i will be good for a year,also still want to go get 1k of large rifle and 1k of large pistol primers so i am set for about 2 years of deer loads and casual target shooting.May be getting a 243 win rifle to use as deer rifle here soon,unless they have a tikka or savage 308 in stock.
Link Posted: 5/10/2009 5:27:32 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/10/2009 8:39:26 PM EDT
AA 2495 has been very accurate for me with 168 SMK. I used 38.0 and it was very accurate at 100yds. 38.0 may not be enough for longer range since it did not feel very strong but functioned fine in DPMS LR308 24".
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