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Posted: 6/15/2009 11:04:07 PM EST
The last piece of my reloading puzzle is the powder, but there are SOoo many choices! What kind of powder would you recommend for .223 or .308? Those are the two calibers that I am going to be loading, although I don't have any LR primers yet. If anyone also has a place I can get the powder from, too that would be great!

One more thing, I am going to be using the powder bar on a Dillon, and I heard that extruded powder doesn't work will with those?

Thanks!
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 1:50:35 AM EST
Reloader 15
Varget
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 2:26:39 AM EST
IMR 4895 is perfect for both ... if you can find any
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 2:59:43 AM EST
Ramshot Tac. It was designed for the 223 and 308. It is a fine ball powder that will flow like water in your progressive dillion press.

TAC
Ramshot TAC is a versatile rifle powder that performs well in a number of different calibers. TAC has the ability to provide some of the industry's highest velocities for 80 grain bullets in the .223 caliber while maintaining SAAMI pressure guidelines. TAC is a double-based powder providing for ease of metering and consistent charge weights.

Ideal Calibers:
.223 Rem, 308 Win

Bulk Density (grams/liter) 985

Packaged in 1lb. and 8lb. containers.

http://www.ramshot.com/powders/

http://www.powdervalleyinc.com/
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 4:10:26 AM EST
Originally Posted By steve4102:
Ramshot Tac. It was designed for the 223 and 308. It is a fine ball powder that will flow like water in your progressive dillion press.

TAC
Ramshot TAC is a versatile rifle powder that performs well in a number of different calibers. TAC has the ability to provide some of the industry's highest velocities for 80 grain bullets in the .223 caliber while maintaining SAAMI pressure guidelines. TAC is a double-based powder providing for ease of metering and consistent charge weights.

Ideal Calibers:
.223 Rem, 308 Win

Bulk Density (grams/liter) 985

Packaged in 1lb. and 8lb. containers.

http://www.ramshot.com/powders/

http://www.powdervalleyinc.com/


My father-in-law just picked up 8lbs of TAC. We've never used it before though. Have you got any good loads for .308 for 175 smk?
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 4:13:54 AM EST
H335
H4895
Varget
A2230
Reloder 15
Ramshot TAC

...the list goes on. Just look at load data and pick something that does what you like. You might as well ask "what flavor of ice cream is best". You'd probably get a clearer answer.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 4:43:14 AM EST
TAC will be the easiest to find right now
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 5:03:40 AM EST
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 5:28:24 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/16/2009 9:44:51 AM EST by AeroE]
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 9:13:04 AM EST
Thanks for all the help! I think I'll check for some TAC locally, and some of the others mentioned. I have ore or two places I have not checked yet... Wish me luck! If not, I'll order some up online; TAC sounds like really good stuff. I have also heard about H3335. I know a guy that likes Varget, but he doesn't use a Dillon powder bar.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 9:38:59 AM EST
I use H4895 in my .223 AR 16" carbine and 7.62x39 20" AR rifle, for my varmint .223 AR 24"varmint rifle I use Varget. It's a great all round rifle powder. The trick to powder measures, with these two powders, is to install a baffel in the bottom powder measure. That's IMHO.

Mike
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 4:22:12 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/16/2009 4:23:27 PM EST by RD001]
Well, I picked up some 4895, and some TAC in town, so the experimentation shall begin! I got the last 1 pound bottle of TAC in the back of the shelf so lucky me.

Thanks again for the help.

ETA: those were the only tow of those listed that were in stock anywhere. One store had the TAC, and two had 4895.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 6:44:34 PM EST
Those are all good powders, one thing I am learning is that look at the load data, PART of what determines the powder is the weight of the bullet.
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