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Varget vs Imr 8208

Discussion in 'Ammo & Reloading' started by Leadlobber, Jan 28, 2012.

  1. Leadlobber

    Leadlobber Sharpshooter Member

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    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
     
  2. MoBoost

    MoBoost Sharpshooter Member

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    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".
     
  3. Leadlobber

    Leadlobber Sharpshooter Member

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    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
     
  4. dennishoddy

    dennishoddy Moderator Staff Member Moderator Member

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    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.
     
  5. ByrdC130

    ByrdC130 Sharpshooter Member

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    Hey Dennis, how about some more info on the Hornady load.
     
  6. dennishoddy

    dennishoddy Moderator Staff Member Moderator Member

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    Dang! I said Hornady, but meant Hodgdon.
    It's hell getting old :D
    Their new powder formulated for .223 is called CFE223.
    The CFE stands for copper fouling eraser. I haven't read any field reports yet.
     
  7. Grumulkin

    Grumulkin Sharpshooter Member

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    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.
     
  8. Leadlobber

    Leadlobber Sharpshooter Member

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    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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