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    I'm new at reloading and have got just about everything set up and ready to go. My question is, how far will powder go? More specifically, how far will a 1 pound can of IMR 4895 go in reloading .308's and .223's? Anybody have an idea or rule of thumb for how many rounds that will reload?
    Wolverines!!!:D

  • #2
    I just loaded 1000 rds 223 using 26gr of powder used 3.5 1# cans.

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    • #3
      Thanks for the info... I'm just trying to get an idea how much powder I'm going to need. I have 5K rounds of .308 and a few thousand .223 to reload. I bought an 8lb can of powder and I'm going to buy some more now too. Thanks again!
      Wolverines!!!:D

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      • #4
        Originally posted by mdogspot View Post
        I just loaded 1000 rds 223 using 26gr of powder used 3.5 1# cans.
        What powder and what bullet?

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        • #5
          For the .308's I'm using IMR 4895 pushing 150gr fmj's and 168 gr sierra matchking bthp's. For the .223 I'm using the same powder and pushing 55 and 62 gr fmj's. Might even do some tracers as well.
          Wolverines!!!:D

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Stealth13 View Post
            What powder and what bullet?
            50 gr Vmax bullet, H335 powder 26 gr. H335 meters really well. I never had to adjust the Uniflow once. Checked for accuracy every 15 or so rounds. It was within .1 gr every time. GOOD $H!t.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ryantx23 View Post
              For the .308's I'm using IMR 4895 pushing 150gr fmj's and 168 gr sierra matchking bthp's. For the .223 I'm using the same powder and pushing 55 and 62 gr fmj's. Might even do some tracers as well.
              I'm no expert here but.... depending on the twist rate on your 223 you might have a hard time geting accuracy with the bigger bullets(62gr) They have a hard time stabalizing. So Ive read. I love the 50 gr Vmax!! See prarie dog? See prarie dog EXPLODE!!!!!!!!!:D

              Forgot to say with my 220 swift 55gr Vmax. See praire dog? See prarie dog vaporized!!!!!
              Last edited by mdogspot; 02-18-2009, 12:06 PM.

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              • #8
                1 pound of powder is 7000grains, .223 loads are in the neighborhood of 25gn so a pound gets you around 280rounds. .308 loads are in the 45gn range so you get around 155 rounds per pound of powder. Of course it will depend on your particular powder and your particular load but that will give you a rough idea!

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                • #9
                  Thanks for the help!
                  Wolverines!!!:D

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                  • #10
                    Ryan, real simple formula. 7000 grains per pound.

                    7000/How many grains in one round= how many rounds in a pound.

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