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I was just wondering which powder will work well for both rifles and maybe bolts as well. The semi auto powder would be great to know as i don't want to wreck my rifles with too high of pressures. I was going to get a can of 4831 for the .338, but did not know if that would work on the semi's. I am without my books over here so please bear with me. Thanks all. Andy
 

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The classic 4895!!!! also 4064, Varget ,RE15, all in the medium burning speed range. May not be the "best" in the 338 you mentioned but they are still functional in a wide variety of rifles from 223--45/70 and most everything in between


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Agreed, I use IMR4895 exclusively in my M1 but I've heard lots of good reports on Varget too....
 

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Bought a pound of the 4895, as well as W748, and 4031 to try. I'll do the 4895 for my loads. Thank you gentlemen. I will let you all know how my setup is doing and post a few pics. Over the last few years I have bought up components in anticipation of finally getting this project started. Does anyone use the old Lee three station progressive presses? I have two with a few of theauto disk charging modules and several three hole blocks. I was going to set them up for my pistols like .357 and .44 mag, .45 ACP, 9MM, .380, etc.
 

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Several powders work well in both, IMR 3031, H or IMR 4895, IMR 4064, Reloader 15 and Varget are probably the most popular. IMR 4895 is perfect and was developed in 1942 specifically for M2 Ball in the M1 Garand.
Heres's a link where I posted the NRA 308/7.62 Target load data for M1a/M14 and 308 Garands. Safe for your gas systems.
http://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?t=118380&highlight=m80+ball The tables are gif pictures that you can right click and save.

And here's a link to Master Po's Temple with NRA 30-06 Garand target loads. (Couldn't find my scans of the NRA 30-06 tables, must have cleaned house)
http://web.archive.org/web/20000620055732/home.att.net/~Masterpo/M1load.htm
 

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H4895 for Garand .30-'06

BL-C(2) for M1A 7.62x51

These powders are copies of the military powders. I have read that other powders with similar properties work well too, but not better.

Please stay away from slow powders/heavy bullets. They have too-high port pressures, will damage op-rod and action. They are also inaccurate for some reason. I took the op-rod off my Garand and loaded it singly using 155 grainers with a slow powder: H4350; it was terrible in terms of accuracy for reasons I do not understand.
 

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THE CAMP PERRY LOAD for BOTH RIFLES -- use IMR4895

Short answer:
IMR4895 or IMR4064 are the most used, most universally accepted as excellent in both, have been used for decades in "the load" and for decades have won at Camp Perry for both 30-06 and 308/7.62. 4895 is the PERFECT powder for the gas systems.

Others may argue for ball powders or whatever, but 4895 and 4064 have won more National Matches than all other powders combined. FACT!


Plus, IMR or H 4859 can be used to reload almost any non magnum rifle cartridge you have satisfactorily.
 
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