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Powder for reloading rifles
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I want to start reloading rifle cartridges.

Do specific calibers need different powders or are there certain powders out there that will be good for all or many calibers?

I would reload .223, .243, .30-30, .308, .30-06, and possibly 7362 x 39MM.

For these to be accurate do I need 6 different powders or will one or two work well for each of these?

I am trying to get a better understanding of reloading.

Thanks.

God bless!!

PPP
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#2
Hey, PPP, here is a site that offers good advice:

http://www.chuckhawks.com/recommended_rifle_powders.htm
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#3
LisaA:

That was a great article.

Told me that I will need a variety of powders.

I thought so but was afraid of the truth.

Thank you.

God bless!!

Hope your mother is doing well.

PPP
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(09-11-2012, 03:11 PM)Pistol Packin Preacher Wrote: LisaA:

That was a great article.

Told me that I will need a variety of powders.

I thought so but was afraid of the truth.

Thank you.

God bless!!

Hope your mother is doing well.

PPP



My mother is okay, but now she is very leery and scared whenever the doorbell rings.  Thank you for asking.
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#5
Although you'll find that some powders will perform better than others with specific bullets and/or guns you'll also find that there are many powders that are suitable for many different applications. Check out load data from a few different sources and start with something that's versatile until you find the bullet/gun combination you want to stick with. Try different powder charges until you get the best results, if the best you can get from that powder isn't good enough, try different powders. If you find an acceptable load, stick with it. If precision and competition is your goal you'll end up with many different powders and probably several partial cans sitting on a shelf somewhere, but if shooting 1" groups at 100 yards (1MOA) is suitable for your purpose you may be able to get by with one, two or 3 powders for all of the cartridges you have listed.
The Chuck Hawks article is good but he's offering suggestions based on his personal experience and there's nothing wrong with that, he's a well respected guy, but that doesn't mean that it isn't suitable just because he didn't mention it.
I took a quick look at the Hodgdon load data pages (Hodgdon owns Hodgdon, IMR and Winchester powder brands), and found that they have load data listed that will get you off to an economical start.
http://data.hodgdon.com/main_menu.asp
For example:
IMR 4895 and H4895, data for all cartridges you have listed.
Varget, data for all except 7.62X39.
IMR 4198 and H4198, data for all except .243 and 30-06.
That was just a few minutes to do a quick check, a bit more time on that site and others will turn up similar results for several more powders that will serve your purpose of getting off to an economical start.
Best of luck to you.

Jim
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#6
Depending on your equipment the type of powder may need to be a consideration. My rifle loads are one at a time and I usually trickle up so it isn't a problem for me. However I've been looking at my Dillon and considering running the 5.56 or .223 through it. I know a ball or rounded powder will need to be used. While you're studying powders take a gander at H414. Like some other Hodgen powders it's reputed to cross over and be W760. One of the most versatile powders I have worked with.
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#7
Pistol Packin Preacher;2277 Wrote:I would reload .223, .243, .30-30, .308, .30-06, and possibly 7362 x 39MM.

If you are looking for one powder that will perform well across the board, it really depends on how you define "well".

If you are satisfied with minute of U.N. Helmet, either of the 4895s will get the job done in the calibers that you listed. If you need minute if RCH, that's a whole different story. You may have 3 bullets that perform well in a specific caliber - each requiring a different powder... and so on...
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#8
Excellent question, and another reason to invest in multiple reloading manuals. You'll find powders that "cross over" between calibers. I love IMR 4064 because I can use it in .308, .30-'06, 8x57, and 300 win mag. Unfortunately, you're looking for one powder that will do many different things and one such powder does not exist. You will find that you may only need to buy 3 or 4 powders for the 6 different calibers you want to load.

One other suggestion I have is start with one caliber, probably .223, or .30-'06, maybe even .30-30 (a caliber where spent brass is plentiful and cheap) and get good at reloading that one caliber before you branch out into other calibers. It will save you $$$ and headaches as you make your way around the "learning curve."
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#9
I don't think you can go wrong with Varget for 223, 243, and 308...that is what I load mostly for rifles and Varget will do all of those calibers and then some. Sure, there are faster powders, but I wanted to buy one powder that I could use to load what I like. I just didn't want to have to buy a separate powder for each caliber I load for and Varget works very well for me.
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#10
I know there are slower burning powders, fast burning powders, and in between.

How do you determine which is best for your reloading?

I do have a reloading manual and that gives best powder for each bullet type.

But I was wondering how you look at a situation and know a faster burning or slower burning powder would be best for that situation.

Thanks.

God bless!!

PPP
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