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#6441368 - 09/06/16 10:01 PM new rifle build coming
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I just got an email that my new build, .308, Crusader custom action, 26 inch barrel, McMillian stock from GA Precision is coming possible by next week. Optics will be NightForce 5.5x25. Wanted to ask what powders are most of you guys using that is accurate. I know that most like to use Varget, RL 15 and IMR 4064. Aren't there any new powders that performed well? Last had a .308 LOD about 15 years ago and used IMR 4064.

My .300 Win Mag is pending.


Edited by Big Stan (09/06/16 10:02 PM)

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#6441401 - 09/06/16 10:22 PM Re: new rifle build coming [Re: Big Stan]
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IMR 4166 and Reloader 16 are a couple others I would check out. if you want to load the heavy weight bullets in the 308 look at 2000MR
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#6441547 - 09/07/16 07:00 AM Re: new rifle build coming [Re: Big Stan]
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+1 on the IMR4166. Also would put Varget and IMR 4064 in the mix as well.
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#6441893 - 09/07/16 10:17 AM Re: new rifle build coming [Re: Big Stan]
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Only ever used Varget for .308. Always figured if it ain't broke, don't try and fix it.

But I get that it's a good idea to have other options, as difficult as some powders can be to find.
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#6442043 - 09/07/16 12:00 PM Re: new rifle build coming [Re: Big Stan]
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Thanks, my mission is to find two 8 pounders

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#6442077 - 09/07/16 12:17 PM Re: new rifle build coming [Re: Big Stan]
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IMR 4064 and Varget is about the only thing I have ever used in that caliber other than 7mm08. Like JG said if it ain't broke don't fix it. Both shoot tiny groups.
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#6442723 - 09/07/16 06:14 PM Re: new rifle build coming [Re: Big Stan]
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varget, rl-15 buy a bunch
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#6443091 - 09/07/16 10:05 PM Re: new rifle build coming [Re: Big Stan]
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Varget. Cabelas online had Varget 8lb this weekend for 174 for a short time. I checked in at right time....

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#6443693 - 09/08/16 12:07 PM Re: new rifle build coming [Re: Big Stan]
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No personal experience with a 308 in a while but I'd be tempted to try 185 juggs and 2000mr

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#6443759 - 09/08/16 12:55 PM Re: new rifle build coming [Re: Big Stan]
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What bullet do you plan to shoot? It's hard to recommend the right powder when you don't know what bullet you want to shoot.
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#6443878 - 09/08/16 02:15 PM Re: new rifle build coming [Re: ChadTRG42]
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I'll try from 168 to 208 grains. Sierra, Berger and Hornady ELD. Have not decided which one yet, if it shoots then I'll stick with it. smile Just ordered an eight pounder of Varget to start with. New build coming on Tuesday.


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#6444211 - 09/08/16 05:47 PM Re: new rifle build coming [Re: Big Stan]
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Sierra matchkings, no brainer
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#6456738 - 09/17/16 09:46 PM Re: new rifle build coming [Re: Big Stan]
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IMR 4895 is another
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#6456861 - 09/18/16 01:56 AM Re: new rifle build coming [Re: Buzzsaw]
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Hard to beat Varget or R15...
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#6458811 - 09/19/16 01:35 PM Re: new rifle build coming [Re: Big Stan]
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Originally Posted By: Big Stan
I just got an email that my new build, .308, Crusader custom action, 26 inch barrel, McMillian stock from GA Precision is coming possible by next week. Optics will be NightForce 5.5x25. Wanted to ask what powders are most of you guys using that is accurate. I know that most like to use Varget, RL 15 and IMR 4064. Aren't there any new powders that performed well? Last had a .308 LOD about 15 years ago and used IMR 4064.

My .300 Win Mag is pending.


Ok im lost??? are you getting The Crusader from GA precision???? cause it shows to be a 23" barrel not 26" on there website?????? or is it a custom build on a GAP action with 26" barrel???? also you need to know what twist you are getting cause thats going to make a difference in what bullet you want to choose from. Also what distances are you planning on shooting cause thats going to make a difference as well????


Edited by Kobeer (09/19/16 01:43 PM)

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