Post by westmohunter on Mar 7, 2016 10:27:07 GMT -8
New to the forum and I'm really impressed with the tone of this place, so hopefully you all can tolerate a novice asking novice questions!
I'm waiting on a build to be finished with a BHW 20" match. I have a number of powders, but have been looking at load data and don't have any of the usual suspects that keep popping up. I bought 3 boxes of AA 6.5 w/ 120 Nosler BT (wanted the Lapua brass) so I would be able to start off with rounds that I know should shoot and bullet weight and type that I can use for deer even though I plan to load 123 SSTs which I also now have.
I have H322, Benchmark and Varget. I also have some 335 that I use for my Rem 700 VLS in .223. Admit that I've bought in to the temp-sensitivity hype...? where Hogdon has done a fair job of marketing the advantages of their extreme powders. This gun will shoot critters as much as paper and I like the idea of being good on dog towns when it's 80 and coyotes when it's 18. So, unless someone educates me otherwise I'd like to stick to powders that are less sensitive. So, CFE for example isn't really something I'd prefer to use.
So now that I've gone overboard with the background info, here are my questions:
1. Is Varget too slow for just a 123 gr bullet?
2. Thoughts on Benchmark for 120 BT or Hornady SST?
3. I assume H322 will not work well?
4. I see AA2520 referenced a lot as a good Grendel/LBC powder, but have read it's very temp-sensitive?
5. Lastly, is IMR 8208 XBR THE go-to powder if temp sensitivity is a concern? Also, what about AR-Comp? These are the 2 I'm looking at if none of my 3 are very good.