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questions about starting to load for my AR
« on: October 17, 2012, 02:50:38 am »
I have been loading 9mm and .380 for years, but now that I have an AR build in progress, I am of course starting to look at powder options for 5.56/.223.  From the firehose of information out there on the .223, it's looking like a decent powder for most bullet weights (55-77gr) is IMR 4895.  I would like to only have one or two powder types for convenience.  In yall's experience, is this a good all round powder that I can buy an 8 lb keg of and be good for a long time?  Thanks for your help.
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    Re: questions about starting to load for my AR
    « Reply #1 on: October 21, 2012, 05:08:25 pm »
    I don't know too much about loading for .223 in terms of AR-15 (actually, IDK jack s___ about loading for ARs), but if you have centerfire bolt guns and such, IMR 4895 seems to be compatible across the board.

    For example, IMR 4895 will work in my M-1 rifle, all of my Mosin rifles, my Mauser, my Enfield, and I bet it would work with my K-31 just the same.
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    « Reply #2 on: October 21, 2012, 07:46:23 pm »
    Varget? Good in .308 and .223
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    Re: questions about starting to load for my AR
    « Reply #3 on: October 24, 2012, 11:35:51 pm »
    Varget or H335 both work well in small to medium capacity rifle cartridge cases and meter well.  I am never caught without plenty of either powder on hand.
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    Re: questions about starting to load for my AR
    « Reply #4 on: November 16, 2012, 09:30:19 am »
    I've have had excellent results with IMR3031 and am now playing with CFE223.  IMO 3031 is my "go to" powder and I always seem to come back to it when I need top accuracy and consistancy.  I haven't experienced any signs of high pressure even near the top end, but I can't say the same for CFE223.  The lower end is nothing out of the ordinary but around the middle of the scale it starts to show high pressure.
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