308 win Powders

Discussion in 'Reloading Forum (All Calibers)' started by Taube94, Oct 22, 2019.

  1. Taube94

    Taube94 Gold $$ Contributor

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2019
    Messages:
    21
    I’m looking for a good powder for my 308. I was going to use Varget but it is a little hard to come by. Any help would be much appreciated.
     
  2. Nature Boy

    Nature Boy Gold $$ Contributor

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2017
    Messages:
    1,070
    H4895
    RL15
    VV140
    IMR4064

    There are many more, but those will load anything you might have used Varget for.
     
  3. Guybo

    Guybo

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2017
    Messages:
    20
    Lots of powders for the .308 some work better than others depending on the grain bullet your going to use. My first two choices are Varget then RL15, but I've also had very good results with IMR3031, 4064, 4895, and W748.
     
  4. Rsadams

    Rsadams

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2015
    Messages:
    1,829
    IMR-4064 is my choice.... Been used for .308 and winning for a long time... Cheap and normally easy to find....
     
  5. Gary in MD

    Gary in MD Gold $$ Contributor

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2010
    Messages:
    470
    Plus 1 for 4064
     
  6. 2506

    2506

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2007
    Messages:
    1,025
    IMR 4895 is my go to powder for the 308. Works great with bullets from 125 through 177 gr. My favorite deer load is Winchester case, CCI BR2 primer, 46 grs IMR 4895 with a 125 gr Nosler Ballistic Tip. It will run right at 3000 fps depending on barrel length. Don't be fooled thinking this bullet is a blow up varmint bullet. It is a medium size game bullet. It kills deer like the hammer of Thor if you keep your impact velocity under 3000 fps. I use it in all of my 30 cal. deer killing weapons. 30-30AI 14" barrel T/C Contender pistol at 2670 fps, 30x47HBR rifle at 2800 fps, 308 Win rifle at 3000 fps.
     
    mac86951 likes this.
  7. Straightshooter1

    Straightshooter1 Gold $$ Contributor

    Joined:
    May 15, 2019
    Messages:
    216
    H4895 has worked very well in my .308 when not using Varget. And like Varget, it's very temperature stable. I also like IMR 4064, but find it somewhat finicky in getting consistent powder throws (those particularly long granules, I guess). But second to H4895, the AR-Comp does really well in my gun.
     
    Dgd6mm and miningshawn like this.
  8. miningshawn

    miningshawn Gold $$ Contributor

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2018
    Messages:
    74
    I have used and had really good results with CFE223 of all things. Things to like are:
    - it has a burn rate just slightly slower than Varget, good for the heavy-for-caliber choices
    - always "fits" in the case
    - it's cheap
    - it's available
    - it actually does a good job cleaning up (for me anyway)
    - it meters out very very well
    Things not to like include:
    - it's temp sensitive, but not ridiculously so
    - it's a bear to clean up the work area
    - not a lot of published loads because it is a "223" powder

    It's always available and may get you some surprising results. A pound usually goes for $23.00 or less. My recipe in a Ruger RPR:
    46.6gr CFE223
    Starline brass
    CCI BR2
    Berger 185 Juggernauts .040 from the lands

    As an aside this is THE accuracy powder for my 223AI and 223 77gr Berger OTM loads. Hope this helps.
     
  9. pirate ammo

    pirate ammo Guaranteed to take the wind out of their sails Gold $$ Contributor

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2017
    Messages:
    2,872
    Capt.Dan's pig load,,40GR. Benchmark with a Hornady 168GR. A-Max.When you have 16 lb. of it sitting on the shelve and it's not moving you find a use for it.But I found
    that it works great in my FnFal.
     
    Rsadams and miningshawn like this.
  10. ChitownCopper

    ChitownCopper

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2019
    Messages:
    40
    Imr 4064 or h4895 which is better for ar10 168 to 178 grain bullet
     
  11. Darrel Martin

    Darrel Martin

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2011
    Messages:
    132

    I agree.I had a custom 308 built on the action from my first centerfire rifle. I used a 10 twist Krieger . I was a little disappointed with heavy bullets and varget,and I wound up shooting 155 Bergers for a while.After seeing someones reference to using CFE 223 and 208 AMAXs I tried it. I shot 3 shot groups from Hogdens low to high recommendations , 10 off the lands,in .3 grain increments. My groups went from .1'S at the low end up into the .4 range and back into the .1's just below max.That gun has placed an AMAX between the eye and the ear of many hogs.It does take a little adjusting to get them to work in the clip with my Manners mini chassis.I file the tip back just a bit on the three that I keep in the clip for backups.
     
    miningshawn likes this.
  12. Ned Ludd

    Ned Ludd Gold $$ Contributor

    Joined:
    May 28, 2012
    Messages:
    3,107
    What bullets (weights) are you planning to use and what is the barrel length? Is this for competition? Hunting? Plinking?

    Any of the powders in the approximate burn rate range outlined in the red boxes on the burn rate chart below could potentially be suitable for .308 Win loads. However, the question of single-base versus double-base (i.e. temperature-sensitivity and energy of the powder), as well as optimizing burn rate for both the bullet weight and barrel length will likely narrow your choices down quite a bit. I would tend toward the faster end of the list for lighter bullets (i.e. 155 to 175 gr versus 185 to 200+ gr), and as barrel length decreased below 24" to 26". A slightly slower-burning powder is generally a bit better with barrel lengths in the 28" to 30" range. After picking a few likely candidates, you can then check to see which might be regularly available.
     

    Attached Files:

  13. Baddog0302

    Baddog0302

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2009
    Messages:
    796
    DETAILS would help;
    AR or bolt gun
    Bullet weights you want to use
    Desired purpose ; what are you going to use it for ? hunting deer, hogs, protecting your still ??
     
  14. T-shooter

    T-shooter

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2017
    Messages:
    1,379
    I've had the best accuracy with IMR4064 but Varget is close and less sensitive to temperature changes.
     
  15. AJC

    AJC

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2018
    Messages:
    426
    The 6mmbr page has tons of recommended powders. Tac, rl15 ar comp are some decent choices.
     
  16. Tommie

    Tommie Gold $$ Contributor

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2007
    Messages:
    2,012
    This
     
  17. Taube94

    Taube94 Gold $$ Contributor

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2019
    Messages:
    21
    26” barrel 1:10 twist, bolt, 168gr Berger’s, hunting and plinking
     
  18. Medic505

    Medic505 Dean Wheeler Gold $$ Contributor

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2010
    Messages:
    1,472
    H-4895
    VV-N140
    Would be my choices.
     
    Mike7.62 and Down South like this.
  19. SPJ

    SPJ Gold $$ Contributor

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2018
    Messages:
    5,006
    Plenty of good choices for a 308 available, some you rarely hear about. 0026284F-9905-4300-93E7-8A6A6D0BB219.jpeg
     
    dogdude likes this.
  20. Down South

    Down South FTR Junkie Gold $$ Contributor

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2013
    Messages:
    1,390
    This ^^^^^^^
     

Share This Page