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    What Powder

    What powder seems to be the most readily available at the moment and has been in the past? I am going to start reloading my .308 and want to know what's "Always" available?

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    You'll be lucky.
    There are some makes available that are 'always' available for a period, may be longish or short but they there will always be a time when 'the delivery has not turned up'.
    Mind you, now that the powders no longer rely on just being available from the States and folk are using a more diverse selection from France and Finland delivery should be quite reliable.
    There may still be the odd glitch but should no longer have the long periods of not having the powder you use and having to decide on waiting or using another powder and all the re-zeroing and load testing associated with new powders.
    Having wrote all that drivel!!, I think the most commonly available now is probably the Vit powders and with those the price is the thing that varies most from shop to shop for the same powder.

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    Cheers EMcC,

    I was looking at Vhit 140 and 135 today on the net......

    Will try and source some at the CLA and see how I get on with it.

    TJ

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    It's taken me a good few months to find a local (1 1/2 hour round trip) supplier who has a good supply of reloading stuff in. Most other places round here seem to have some in and it's very hit and miss.

    Oddly, the people I'm on about don't sell things like coats, hats etc - they're pure shooting and real gunsmiths. Other places you have to fight your way through the Barbours and Berretta Scarves for the ladies before you get near anything that looks like a gun. They probably dont make much off reloading kit.

    It is frustrating - I thought that once I settled on a load I'd get my max allowance in powders, but I don't really want that much stored at home. So its probably not a great idea.

    One symptom of my probs is that I am now stuck with a 35 tub of Reloder 15 that I couldnt get the bullets for, I ended up with N140 but the suppliers wouldnt let me change it. Aint buying from there no more!

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    powder

    Never had a problem sourcing varget.

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    Always found Vit 140 to be consistant in the 308.

    Advantage of Vit is it comes in kilo pack, so you wont need to restock very often

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redmist
    Always found Vit 140 to be consistant in the 308.

    Advantage of Vit is it comes in kilo pack, so you wont need to restock very often
    What's the damage in for a Kg

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    Viht. is coming in 1lb tubs also, I got two of N140 a week or so ago.
    [29.90 per pound.]

    HWH.

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    I've only ever reloaded with vit. I bought the n-130 for .223 as this uses less case capacity than n-135, n-140 is what I use for the deer legal centre fire calibres,but even then n-140 can be used for the .223.
    The only use I can forsee for the N-135 is if I were to load up a 125gr ballistic tip in the .308 as it seems like quite a specialised powder,for lighter bullet weights.
    I'm very happy with the powders,in the shops I've been in,they have said that it's no cheaper to by a 1 kilo container than it would be to buy 2 of 1lb.
    If you can get the pamphlet of vit loads from your dealer for free,it's worth having,I also find it very helpful that the Sako catalogues have the details of the powder loads for their ammunition,which is very good for giving a few pointers. I suppose it must be safe,as it's factory loads?!

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    Got a kilo of N140 for 64. The lad said it was due to increased transport costs to get the stuff to him.

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