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Old 10-17-2012, 03:27 PM
Andykev Andykev is offline
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Default IMR vs Hodgen 4895

Our gun club sells both powders. I am ONLY going to reload 30-06 for the M1. I have used the search but can't find the "Specific" answer to my question.

We have 8 lb. jugs of IMR 4895 and H4895. Price is about $160 for either (I think the IMR is $158).

Reloading manuals show both powders for the M1. I plan on using 150 grain bullets only.

Which powder is best? The IMR seems to be the original. I have an old book from 1930's (Reloading) by Phillip Sharp (extreme amount of priceless info)..and they refer to the IMR.
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Old 10-17-2012, 03:41 PM
m1shootr m1shootr is offline
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I shoot IMR, since I have many Lbs. of it. Great for 308 too.
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Old 10-17-2012, 03:54 PM
TW56 TW56 is online now
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Hodgon 4895 is one of their "Extreme Powders".

From their web site.....Our exclusive line of extruded rifle powders – Hodgdon Extreme™ – was developed to give shooters consistent performance, load after load, in even the most extreme heat and cold.

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Old 10-17-2012, 03:55 PM
cfullgraf cfullgraf is offline
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I prefer H4895 but really do not have a good reason. i would buy IMR4895 in a heartbeat if I could not find H4895.

For my M1, the loads for each powder vary a little to get the same velocity from the M1. I consider them different powders and not interchangeable.
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Old 10-17-2012, 04:36 PM
Hawky Hawky is offline
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Either is fine.
I use Hodgdon.
H414 for my bolt 30-06, 6.5 Swedish Mauser and .308W,
H4895 for 5.56 and the Garand and
H38 for .38, .357, .380 and
lil gun for the carbine.
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:29 AM
Toymaker Toymaker is offline
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They are almost, but not quite, the same. Velocities and pressures will vary as identical loads increase.
As to being "Extreme": H4895 was developed for, and is tested over, a broader range of temperatures than IMR4895. I developed a very accurate load for my Garand using IMR4895 during the Summer only to find it turn into a shotgun pattern that Winter. H4895 didn't do that. I also noticed that the velocities and standard deviation over the chrony are more consistent with H4895.
I've heard IMR has reformulated their 4895 for better temperature stabilization, ignition consistency, etc. They're probably just using H4895 with their label since they're all the same corporation. But I've made the switch and not looking back.
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Old 10-18-2012, 02:57 PM
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Essentially the same. You really have to look behing the left ear to notice much difference. Sort of like the difference between a GMC or Chevrolet truck. It's the badging.
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Old 10-18-2012, 08:14 PM
Sea3006 Sea3006 is offline
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H4895 meters better for me, so that's what I'd use.
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Old 10-19-2012, 09:27 PM
lapriester lapriester is offline
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Originally Posted by Sea3006 View Post
H4895 meters better for me, so that's what I'd use.
I agree completely. It meters much better and is essentially the same powder. Like IMR 4064 and Varget. The data closely matches but Varget meters better.


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