June 22nd, 2013, 10:30 PM
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: San Antonio,TX
| | Range report varget vs 8208xbr
I just returned from the range today with my new "loaded" M1A. I shot winchester brand brass, winchester "old" (white) large rifle primers and 168 grain SMKs. I shot 4064 exclusively in my previous M1A but I have not been able to find any locally (San Antonio, TX) so I decided to try the powders that I could find, Varget and IMR 8208 XBR. I used federal 150 grain american eagle as a test control and it had a really stiff recoil and clocked at 2790 fps. Then I shot 39.0, 39.5, 40.0 and 40.5 grains of 8208XBR and 41.0, 41.5, and 42 grains of varget. The 8208 loads started at 2420 and ended up at 2520 fps with a very good recoil and op rod action that was reminiscent of my experience with 4064. the varget loads actually had practically the same fps but the recoil was pretty stiff and jammed my op rod pretty hard. I am staying with 8208xbr! (I just have to find some more!) I know recoil is pretty subjective, but I did like the 8208xbr better.