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Old 06-09-2021, 07:02 AM
Garandoodle Garandoodle is offline
 
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Default If just One Powder—IMR 4895, IMR 4064, Varget, others?

I know this community has reloaders with years of experience as well as reloaders with a few yrs like myself and I want to get your insights. If you went to your LGS (3 or 4 locally in my locale with so few LGS), what 1 powder would you want if that was the choice. For myself, mail order of powder—is hard to score and expensive. So, if there was just one powder for your -06, M1 Garand for bullets weighing 95-170, or even 189 grains, which one powder would you want—IMR 4895, IMR 4064, Varget, or perhaps another? Would using a Dillon 550 press bear on the decision of which powder? I find few if any 8# jugs, but mostly 1-pounders in my local gun stores nearby.

Thanks in advance for sharing. Living here in peoples republic of VT, where we have more clean air than many places, and lead in mix of social pioneering venues, plus good carry laws, I have not found any reloader mentors, yet. What powder would you single out if you could find just one?
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Old 06-09-2021, 08:20 AM
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Any of those would be satisfactory, along with 748, RL-15, H335, and BLC2. My personal faves, in order, for all bullet weights are Varget, 4064, and 4895. Just my opinion, all have given me good results.

Press you use has nothing to do with powder selection.

I don't like the Dillon powder measure, and replaced it with an RCBS. But my Dillon is very old, the newer measures may be better.
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Old 06-09-2021, 08:42 AM
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varget for rifle. pistol a little harder, probably something like W231 though i had really good results stopping leading with AA#7!
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Old 06-09-2021, 09:50 AM
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A very good question, but not one that consensus can answer. The reason is that every guy who reloads does so for a different mix of cartridges.

I had a similar question in my mind, and here is what I did to try and answer it:

Going to my most recent reloading manuals, I drew up a chart using graph paper. On the left side, I listed the various powders I had on hand (or was interested in) and along the top, I listed each of the cartridges I re-load for (regardless of bullet weight).

I would put an X in the spaces for all powders which were listed as recipes for the various cartridges. This gave me a good idea of what I had, and what powders had more applications (or at least published data) than others.

I did this for rifle, pistol, and shotgun powders. Made for an interesting rainy day project, and got me into the books.

This can give you an idea of how to make the best use of powders on hand, and an idea of what to buy next.

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Old 06-09-2021, 10:31 AM
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OP asked about .30-06 in the M1.
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Old 06-09-2021, 10:32 AM
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4064 is the one rifle powder I use for the M1 Garand as well as for multiple rifle applications from 223, 30-30, 32 Win SPL, 270, 308 to 30-06. The other rifle powders that have been mentioned will likely apply just as well but 4064 is the one I chose as my go-to Garand rifle powder.

As an aside, for general, non-magnum, pistol reloading, I chose 700-X for 32, 9, 38, 45 and 380. H-110 is the magnum pistol powder (and 30 carbine powder) that I go to. Once again, I chose these powders because I have them in abundance not that they are exclusive.

Everyone's usages of powders, as mentioned above, will vary...

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Old 06-09-2021, 10:40 AM
Garandoodle Garandoodle is offline
 
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Default If just One Powder—for 39-06 Garand—IMR 4895, 4064, Varget, or another?

Great way to get all bases covered. Since I have plenty of pistol powders, and reload 9mm, 38 Super, 44 rem mag, and 45 Colt, I am Uber-focused on the M1 Garand. Your thoughts for that “one powder” specifically for the 30-06 M1 Garand?

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Old 06-09-2021, 10:45 AM
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For my light Garand loads(110-125gr) been using 3031.....
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Old 06-09-2021, 12:18 PM
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I believe the answer to that question depends too on what weight bullet you intend to focus on. The other factor of course is availability of the powders and for some: price.
Powder Valley price for IMR powders 8lb is $228, while Varget is $256.
I've used 4895, 4064 and Varget for the 30-06 but mostly 4895 for the 150-155 grain bullets. My "match" loads with a 168 grain have been with Varget.
I've heard it said that 4064 and Varget are practically the same, but that Varget meters better due to the smaller granular size.
My limited stock of 4064 I hold for use in the .308/7.62x51 175 grain loads.

I know I have not answered the question, but have thrown more criteria into consideration of the answer.
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Old 06-09-2021, 12:53 PM
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H4985 is all I really ever used in all .30-06 because I first loaded that for Garand, so stuck with the original powder. Used it in every other rifle round I've loaded. Last year I bought some VV N135 for the .30-06 because H4985 was not available. Dave Emery and the Hornady manual list N135 as a favorite. I'll probably stick with it, it's oh so nice with 168 gr BTHP in all my vintage match guns. I found it to be a few $ more expensive in 1 lb containers, but when buying 8 lb jugs it was barely any extra cost when averaged out. And it was available.

Started using N140 in my .223 match loads. Also nice.
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