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Posted: 1/4/2012 6:06:48 PM EDT
If you could only have ONE powder to load all your AR ammo, what would it be? Would you pick it for its accuracy or velocity?
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 6:07:31 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/4/2012 6:08:20 PM EDT by danpass]
XBR 8208

for accuracy and velocity (and metering)

eta: for .223 ARs
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 6:18:14 PM EDT
My fav is AA2230. kwg
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 6:21:57 PM EDT
H-335 has never let me down.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 6:22:35 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 6:23:28 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 6:25:02 PM EDT
If price is an object: pulldown 4895. It's dirt cheap, meters great, fills the case well and is relatively temperature stable compared to most of the ball powders.

If price is less of an object, then Varget or RL15.
I generally pick AR powders that will shoot well in 30/30 and .308 (and even 30/06), since I like to use one powder for several cartridges. So I don't tend to shoot the faster .223 powders.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 6:38:16 PM EDT
h335 for me, however im looking into cheaper alternatives
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 6:38:34 PM EDT
Hodgdon H335 for 55 grain bullets and Alliant Reloder 15 for 77-80 grains
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 6:48:11 PM EDT
Tac or 2230
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 6:52:15 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 6:53:34 PM EDT
H335 for 55 gr FMJBTs. However, I'm warming up to TAC a little bit.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 7:03:10 PM EDT
TAC, but I admit I haven't tried all of the others listed above.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 8:34:30 PM EDT
I like 335 and WC844 for 55 & 62grn and TAC for 68 & 69grn. I'm too lazy to weight each powder charge so I limit myself to ball powder. If I only could use one it would be the TAC, however, my choice is based upon what works in both my middy and A4 RRAs with 1:9 Wilson barrels. Different bullets, bullet weights, barrel twist, etc. may favor a different powder so you really have to try a few and let your rifle tell you which one it likes the best.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 9:08:43 PM EDT
Win 748 for the accuracy.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 9:34:46 PM EDT
CFE 223
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 9:56:48 PM EDT
If the powder had to work for my 6.8 & 6x45 ammo as well I would have to go with AA2200, it works good in 223 & 6x45 but is the best in 6.8 SPC which I shoot the most of.

If just for 223 the choice would be harder, I love Re-15 but want to test some of the new ball powders in 223 before settle on one powder.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 11:14:22 PM EDT
Win 748.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 2:05:09 AM EDT
IMR 4198. I only load 45 and 55 grain bullets though.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 2:50:05 AM EDT
IMR-8208 XBR in all my 223 loads.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 3:31:20 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 1/5/2012 3:46:59 AM EDT
I like h-4198 the best, it does not push the bullet as fast as the ball powders, but out of a 16" barrel i not so sure it's really that much slower, and it creates much less muzzle blast compared to bl-c2.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 10:40:33 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 1/5/2012 12:31:34 PM EDT
I'm a Winchester 748 kind of guy.

Although 4895 (pulldown or IMR) yields excellent accuracy in my RRA NM A2.

But I reserve the 4895 for the M1As and M1.

The ARs remain on a steady diet of 748.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 1:07:27 PM EDT
N-540, because there is NO DOUBT that it produces the highest velocities, while still staying within SAAMI pressure limits.

Problem is, its too damn expensive these days for the slight added benefit it offers.

Back in the real world, any of the usual suspects of .223 powder are so similar in performance that it just doesn't matter, except maybe to lean toward a ball powder if the ammo is to be loaded on a progressive press.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 1:09:51 PM EDT
I have many 8lb kegs of TAC so I'm gonna go with that I can also use it for .308 if I had to but I have plenty of 8lb kegs of Varget too.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 2:24:03 PM EDT
Win 748, because it does many other calibers as well.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 2:27:13 PM EDT
H335 for 55 gr FMJBTs, Varget for 62 gr Barnes TSX.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 2:42:09 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 2:45:43 PM EDT

Accuracy and velocity are as good as any other ball powder, but man it gives great fireballs/muzzle flash at dusk.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 4:19:47 PM EDT
TAC FOR 62GR. and up EXTERMINATOR for the lighter stuff
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 6:09:06 PM EDT
I have not used XBR 8208 yet-just bought my first pound. I like AA2230 for M193 and M855 bullets. H4198 is amazingly consistent and works well in 55 grain FMJBT and 69 grain SMK's. Personnally, I would take extruded powder over ball if I did not have a large supply of US made primers since extruded powder is easier to ignite and primer choice is less critical. This is one reason I am using H4198 to burn up some Wolf Small Rifle Magnum Primers that seem to not work well with ball powders. My second choice for ball powders would be 748. Tac is too limited in applications for 223. I prefer a healthy combination of velocity and accuracy, not to mention consistency.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 7:18:52 PM EDT
Originally Posted By kwg020:
My fav is AA2230. kwg

Plus 1

Link Posted: 1/6/2012 6:52:08 AM EDT
TAC AA4895
Link Posted: 1/6/2012 10:20:39 AM EDT

Originally Posted By dryflash3:
Originally Posted By danpass:
XBR 8208

for accuracy and velocity (and metering)

eta: for .223 ARs

You beat me to it. Second choice would be Tac.


I can get both locally, unlike some of the other favorites

Link Posted: 1/6/2012 1:15:15 PM EDT
No one's mentioned it yet, but I use BLC-2 for both .223 (55 and 62 gr. FMJ) and .308 (147 and 165 gr. FMJ); have had great success with both regarding consistency and accuracy.
Link Posted: 1/6/2012 2:16:06 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/6/2012 2:16:34 PM EDT by Minuteman419]


Link Posted: 1/6/2012 2:32:05 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/6/2012 2:54:56 PM EDT
Originally Posted By dryflash3:
Originally Posted By danpass:
XBR 8208

for accuracy and velocity (and metering)

eta: for .223 ARs

You beat me to it. Second choice would be Tac.

+1 Both are excellant
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