Looking for an easy to use set up that will handle extruded powders and flake powder like Varget and Unique. The way I reload, using a turret press and taking the case out of the press to trim and clean primer pockets before putting back in the press and continuing the sequence will give the dispenser plenty of time to run.
Hodgdon Varget Smokeless Powder is the best choice for many calibers, especially .22-250 Remington, .223 Remington, 308 Winchester, .30/'06, and .375 H&H. Summary Hodgdon Varget Smokeless Powder is an excellent choice for long range shooting and hunting.
If your wanting anywhere near consistent powder charges take Otter advise and use a ball powder. I've found that 99% of the time I could achieve +/- .02 gr. charges using ball powder. I have reloaded for both 223 Rem & 308 Win on a Dillion 550-B using a Dillon powder dispenser and ball powder with expectable results for shooting varmints.
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I have an RCBS Rock Chucker, an RCBS powder dispenser, and an RCBS scale. I got 100 cases prepped, primed, and in the block ready to go. I set up my charge for 44 grains of Varget, and weigh a few to make sure the dispenser is calibrated as close as I could get it.
I've tried many different powders for the .308 and have always found that the most consistent powder was Varget for shooting 150 or 165gr. bullets. And for shooting anything above 65gr. to 75gr. for the .223 in a 1-9 twist or faster barrel, again, Varget is the powder.
Hodgdon Extreme Varget Rifle Powder is the first revolutionary extruded propellant made with small grains that offer uniform and easy metering. This powder is also insensitive to both hot and cold temperatures and boasts higher energy that improves velocities compared to other fast-burning powders on the market.
The .223 caliber has evolved from the battlefield AR-15 platform to popular sporting use in varmint and predator hunting, match competition, and all-around plinking fun. Reloading for the .223 is easy and there are a number of great powder choices. Where is the best place to start?
Depending on the powder you're using I would say that's typical, I have an older RCBS powder dispenser and if I'm using extruded powder that is a little on the long side it typically cuts grains on about every other throw, mine will vary as much as a full grain sometimes, I typically set the powder dispenser to throw a grain under, and then trickle in the rest.