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    Happy family day everyone, thinking about reloading come tax season time when I treat myself every year and been wanting to do so since last year so I have figured out most of everything but looking at different powders and there are alot out there. Would mostly be for rifle potentially pistol ammo as well but not sure if that will be this year. Looking for what everyone is using and if anyone has advise on issues or what brands they like vs avoid. Would it be best to buy a 1lbs bottle of a few different kinds and work up a few different load from start with different powder types?

    Any advise is appreciated thanks and have a good one

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    Depending on the caliber you are loading for there are certain powders the powder I use for my 375 is different than what I use for my 270 Winchester.
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    Would be definitely reloading 30-06 and 22-250 from the get go then potentially looking at getting a 308 or 30-30 as a spare so would be reloading pretty much everything other than shotgun shells for now

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    "This is about unenforceable registration of weapons that violates the rights of people to own firearms."—Premier Ralph Klein (Alberta)Calgary Herald, 1998 October 9 (November 1, 1942 – March 29, 2013)

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    Do not use a powder if it is not made for your caliber that a quick way of getting hurt, start at the low end and work up.

    Some of the other guy's on here who know way more than me will chime in once they see the thread.

    I have some reloading books on PDF but their to big to email. If you want to stop by some time I can put them on a USB stick for you
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    First step is to get one or more reloading books. Then make a list of components and head to your local store and see what they carry.

    When it comes to powder and projectiles you simply cannot make substitutions without significant risk.

    The only place I’ve ever gone off-book is when I have projectiles that are really close to something in a reloading manual. For example 405 grain cast bullets purchased online don’t show up anywhere in my manuals but I have a load for self-cast 405 grain projectiles so I used it as a starting point and started with the lightest load and worked up looking for pressure signs.




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    Powder supplies in Canada can be tricky to find, especially the type you might like to reload. It is best to get a manual and check the load data against the type of powder recommended, then call the local store to see what they have in stock. I really like CFE 223 for 22-250, .308, and .223. Pistol powders have a lot of load data across the shotgun reloading powder types and can be dual purpose for both platforms.

    I always check my source of powder suppliers first, before deciding what brand of powder to use. Once you settle on works best for your particular caliber, when you are out an about it is easy to keep buying powder stock when you come across it on the shelf. I have managed to accumulate significant stores of my common powders over the last couple of years.

    Another consideration is shipping cost of primers and powders - you can better prices online with suppliers, however the cost of shipping (dangerous goods) usually outweighs the cost of locally found powders that you pick up yourself. Primers, every time I go to gun shops or the range I buy 500 of either in Large/Small for Pistol/Rifle or shotgun. The cost of 1000 primers has doubled in the last 5 yrs, as with powder (about 40%). So as you have the funds and when you are out, stock up on what you can afford. Prices are not going down.

    I have Black powder and CFE 233 that I paid $19.99 (BP), now $35 and CFE 223 $28.99 now $42.99, so when you find buy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pair88 View Post
    Would be definitely reloading 30-06 and 22-250 from the get go then potentially looking at getting a 308 or 30-30 as a spare so would be reloading pretty much everything other than shotgun shells for now
    H4895 is a general powder, this is used in many cartridges and is the only one that has a defined reduced load, most powders it is not safe to go below the minimum loads but H4895 has a rule that Hodgdon has a write up on for reduced loads, if you want to consider a lighter recoiling load for the 30-06.

    H4895 may not be the fastest or most accurate for your gun but it is considered one of the universal powders, it can be used for a lot of cartridges.

    Check out the link greatwhite has and look up that powder. The nice thing too, anyone who sells powder will be able to get this, as it is so popular.

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    I've had good luck with H4350 in the 30-06 and other calibres. I don't know if it is suitable for the 22-250, but I would be surprised it it wasn't.
    I don''t have experience loading for handguns, but I am pretty sure you will be looking at completely different powders than what you are using for rifles.

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    The Hornady site is a good place to look. I mostly use Varget powder for all my rifle calibers. [less confusing]. Hornady has a page where you can develop a load for what ever Hornady powder you want.

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