View Full Version : anyone use W748 ?
July 30, 2001, 08:29
Since I reload .223 and .308 among other rounds I know that winchester uses this powder for both. Any advice? Any other powder good for both?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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July 30, 2001, 08:42
I've used it in both. It's not my favorite though, accuracy in the loads that I tried were not as good as a couple of other powders. It does meter well. I've "heard" that it is temperature sensitive but I don't load my stuff very hot anyway so I never saw that.
I use a lot of Varget in both. But it doesn't meter as well. If I feel the measure "sheer" the powder when I crank the handle I'll toss it back in and do it again. But the best powder I have found for .223 is N135. I have yet to work up a load for it in .308, but will soon.
I think the next powder I'm going to try in .308 is BallC2. I want something that meters a little more consistently than the extruded powders. Maybe someone that has tried it will read this and come back with some info.
I have used W-748 in both .223/5.56 and .308/7.62. It works great in .223, but I haven't shot a lot of it in .308, mostly in bolt guns, primarily my short-barreled Remington M-7 Scout.
I like it, it meters well and consistently, not a lot of muzzle flash, good accuracy and relatively clean-burning.
I am at work and cannot check my data, but I used W-W's data and it was fine.
July 30, 2001, 08:47
I use 748 in both .223 and .308. It is my favorite dual powder. Sub-MOA in several rifles of both calibers.
I didn't get great results with 748 in the FAL loads. I ended up settling for IMR 4895 for the .308. It seemed to give me the best accuracy, as it does with the '06. I, too, would love a single powder that works great for both .223 and .308, but haven't found one yet.
I use W748 for 7-30 Waters and for .308. My Remington 700 VS easily shoots sub moa groups with my .308 reloads-with very little load developement. Good stuff.
July 30, 2001, 14:08
I have used W748 exclusively for my 5.56 and plan on using it for the 7.62 as well. Loads seem to be able to get close to max with this powder, according to my reloading manual. Burns clean too. :D
I did use WW748 for both my 223 and 308 loads however, a great load when the temperature was at 65 degrees was way to hot at 90 degrees. I finally tried IMR4064 with both my 223 and 308 with above average success. The extruded power is clean burning, has a better pressure curve and is less temperature sensitive, although I must warn you, it does not meter well.
July 30, 2001, 21:51
[ September 04, 2001: Message edited by: sixplusone ]
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