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    Default Varget vs Imr 8208

    I load .223 [68 & 75s ] & .308 I have been using Varget but am thinking of changing to 8208
    I would like to know if 8208 meters any better ?
    AND If anyone has compared velocities between the two , which is higher ?
    Yes I know how to Google just looking for conversation. Thanks

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    Default Re: Varget vs Imr 8208

    8208 is finer grained (shorter and thinner) - if you are using metal thrower it will be less likely to catch.
    My FTR load is 43.0 8208 behind 168 SMK = 2720fps out of 24" 1:10 barrel.

    P.S. I've tried Varget in many many guns - and while it works good - I haven't found a gun/load that it would work "the best".
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    Default Re: Varget vs Imr 8208

    Thanks Mo, thats the info I was looking for Varget does catch and crunch sometimes . Have 8#s of Varget to use up then may try 8208

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    Default Re: Varget vs Imr 8208

    There are several new speciality loads out for .223. Hornady is even selling one that is supposed to eliminate the copper fouling in the barrel. I've been a varget guy as well. Seems to work well for me, but I'm not against trying something new.
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    Default Re: Varget vs Imr 8208

    Hey Dennis, how about some more info on the Hornady load.
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    Default Re: Varget vs Imr 8208

    Quote Originally Posted by ByrdC130 View Post
    Hey Dennis, how about some more info on the Hornady load.
    Dang! I said Hornady, but meant Hodgdon.
    It's hell getting old
    Their new powder formulated for .223 is called CFE223.
    The CFE stands for copper fouling eraser. I haven't read any field reports yet.
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    Common sense is not a Gift....
    Its a punishment, because you have to deal with everyone who doesn't have it.

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    to protect themselves against tyranny in government."

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    Default Re: Varget vs Imr 8208

    IMR 8208 XBR meters VERY well; significantly better than Varget.

    I've never tried IMR 8208 XBR in a 308 but have in a 223. Unfortunately, in my 223 with the bullets I've tried, I got the best results with RL-15.

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    Default Re: Varget vs Imr 8208

    At some point I will try 8208 and see how it compares with Varget , good to know it meters better .

    When I do try it I will post up results thanks to those shared their opinions

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