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Old February 13th, 2017, 07:08 AM   #1
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Powder choice- a good problem to have

I've been working up loads for my SA NM with Varget, IMR 4895, and 4064, and the rifle shoots them all well with 168s (175s are still a work in progress). Each shoots equally tight (tested at 100 and 300yds), velocity right at 2600 for Varget and 4895, about 2560 for 4064. I load most of my rifles with Varget, but I don't mind getting the M1A its own powder.

So, any argument for picking one over the other?

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Old February 13th, 2017, 07:31 AM   #2
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For my M1A I throw 4895 because it meters well, so well I don't have to weight the charges.
For my M40 I throw Varget, weigh, and trickle because it is accurate enough to notice the difference.

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Old February 13th, 2017, 08:45 AM   #3
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I'm an IMR4895 guy, but there are those that have equal success with Varget. IMR4895 works well in just about every rifle I shoot, from 5.56mm, through the .30's, and even in my .348WCF.

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Old February 13th, 2017, 09:40 AM   #4
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Accurate enough to notice the difference=WOW

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For my M1A I throw 4895 because it meters well, so well I don't have to weight the charges.
For my M40 I throw Varget, weigh, and trickle because it is accurate enough to notice the difference.

Nice line Mitch..

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Thanks for all the input.

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Old February 13th, 2017, 08:22 PM   #6
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Late coming to this party but I have only shot WW748 and H4895 out of my rifle with 150's up to 175's...

Have decided on using WW748 as my go to SHTF powder for my 'end of brass life' loads for the ammo can... 42.0gr with a #34 for 150/175 gr bullet

Slow or as fast as I want to go

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Old February 14th, 2017, 01:28 PM   #7
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I've been working up loads for my SA NM with Varget, IMR 4895, and 4064, and the rifle shoots them all well with 168s (175s are still a work in progress). Each shoots equally tight (tested at 100 and 300yds), velocity right at 2600 for Varget and 4895, about 2560 for 4064. I load most of my rifles with Varget, but I don't mind getting the M1A its own powder.

So, any argument for picking one over the other?
Varget is my favorite for the temp stability but they all work great, it's nice to have choices now vs a few years' ago when people were out of their minds.

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Old February 14th, 2017, 02:40 PM   #8
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IMR4895 and IMR4064 here

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Old February 16th, 2017, 05:02 PM   #9
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Thanks all. I'm going to do one final shoot out tomorrow and see what happens, but unless there is a game changer, I'm probably going to stick with Varget for convenience.

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I have been getting really great results reloading with Accurate 2520. 155 match to 168 match.

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