Can I use IMR 4831 for .308?

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    Can I use IMR 4831 for .308?

    Well, I've hit the wall, being out of IMR 4895 and Varget. Of course, I can't find powder anywhere. I do have a jug of 4831, which I used years ago for .300 win mag hunting loads. Obviously a slower burning propellant. I was wondering if I could use it behind 168 SMK's for a stop gap to keep me going until the retail powder market rebounds. Any thoughts on this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by avolcek View Post
    My problem with this...unless it's an 8lb jug...by the time you do proper load development, you are going to be darn near out of powder. With very little to gain IMO besides getting behind a rifle. I'd build some snap caps and do dry fire practice.
    I thought about your point, it's a good one. I was/am fishing to see if anyone actually used it in 308 for hunting with a bullet weight that was close. Don't want to do match work, just work out on hard targets at 100 to 300.

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    Quote Originally Posted by avolcek View Post
    One could, burn rate isn't that far off RL17 which I have seen used. I still don't see the point. To me it's just wasting powder that could otherwise be put to use in something else...

    ...and bullets, and barrel life, and frustration. If you have a load that works, stick with it. I would wait to shoot until you find the powder you need. Check the online suppliers every day. They are getting powder in, it is just selling really fast.
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    I bet you can find a mid range load that will go boom and send lead down range.

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    Hypothetical Data Removed
    Last edited by avolcek; 05-12-2013 at 01:54 PM.

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    The Sierra manual lists a load for 175 and 180 grain bullets.

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    Fictional data!? Really? I used Hodgdon's website, and Speer's #14 Reloading Manuel. That I had sitting right beside me. The data quoted was on pages 455, 480, 480, and 485. I get you're a mod, and surely have a lot more experience than anyone else in the known universe, but the data I quoted (with proper citations, btw) was valid.

    He could also extrapolate data from the 7mm-08 which with a 168 bullet uses 44gr of IMR 4831. But whatever. I wouldn't do it but it's his gun and his face.
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