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Posted: 7/20/2008 1:11:32 PM EDT
Anybody a AA powder guru?

A local shop is overstocked with AA powders and the prices are in the $15.00-$17.00 range with about 5-7 cans per powder (except No.5).

I'm wanting to load up some 8x57mm Mauser and .303 British and would like to keep the price as low as possible. The .303 is for a No.1 MkIII and a No. 4 MkII. The 8mm for a K98, a M48 and a FN SA-49 (I'd like to use a powder that would be good in a M1 Garand to keep the stress on the rifle low).

Any advice.
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 1:25:18 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/20/2008 1:30:09 PM EDT by ma96782]
I don't buy AA Powder.

But at those prices I might try some.

So, how would I choose?

I'd start by downloading the FREE re-loading manual........

www.accuratepowder.com/reloading.htm

After that........I'd go over the calibers and note the powders that are mentioned again and again, for the range of bullets that I'll be using. Must be something to that (maybe?). Then, go back and read the mfns descriptions.

Same method can also be used to cross check with various re-loading manuals.

Aloha, Mark
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 1:32:33 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/20/2008 1:35:04 PM EDT by spqrzilla]
I used to use a lot of Accurate Arms when the price difference between them and the more famous brands was larger.

AA 4064 should make a good M1 Garand propellant. I've used AA 2520 back when I had a Garand. I've also used AA 2520 in my 8x57mm. Some people are pretty fond of AA2230 for .223 Remington / 5.56mm loads.

I like AA 3100 for applications where you would use H4831. My favorite 6.5x55 loads were with AA 3100

Link Posted: 7/20/2008 1:50:11 PM EDT
Check Accurate's site, but I'm fairly sure that AA2495 is real close to IMR 4895. I would think this should be in the right range for what you want to load.
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 6:21:30 PM EDT
How about the AA2230 for .223 plinking/blasting ammo?
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 6:29:47 PM EDT

Originally Posted By brentwal:
How about the AA2230 for .223 plinking/blasting ammo?


AA2230 was originally made for .223 - thus the name. One of the best powders you can get for the .223. I use it all the time.
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 7:30:06 PM EDT
I use AA2230 and AA2460 for .223 as well as Data 2200 (which is no longer available) You can get 8lb jugs of it for about $108 from PowderValley or $103 from Widener's
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 7:44:26 PM EDT
AA rifle powders are slightly faster burning when compared to their American counterparts. I use AA4350 in my fast-twist 22-250 with 80 grain bullits. It it is more efficient than either Hodgdon or IMR in that application.
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 8:21:44 PM EDT
I've never used AA for rifle but use the pistol 2/5/7 . great powders at a great price and they meter great.

Wheres the great sale????
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 8:28:29 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Wash-Ar15:

Wheres the great sale????


Like I'm gonna tell.
Link Posted: 7/21/2008 6:59:02 PM EDT
Don't want the vultures moving in?
Link Posted: 7/21/2008 7:07:30 PM EDT

Originally Posted By dryflash3:
Don't want the vultures moving in?


One vultures enough.

I bought the AA reload manual when I was there Saturday, they have a NM/HP reloading section in the back.
Link Posted: 7/21/2008 7:36:04 PM EDT

Originally Posted By brentwal:

Originally Posted By dryflash3:
Don't want the vultures moving in?


One vultures enough.

I bought the AA reload manual when I was there Saturday, they have a NM/HP reloading section in the back.


You ain't gonna tell,are ya??

Is it in King county??
Link Posted: 7/21/2008 7:56:00 PM EDT
I use a lot of AA2230 for .223/5.56 blasting and target shooting. It works very well. I got it when Midway had it for $9.99 a pound.
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 1:18:11 AM EDT
2520 if you want ball or 2495 or 4064 if you want extruded. 2460 is too fast for the garand. 2520 has worked well for me in 8mm and 308.
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