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Re: 7.62x54r H4895 Charge Weight Question

Postby gandog56 » Sat Sep 19, 2015 5:00 pm

I just got a pound of Hodgdon BL-C(2) to try out for the first time. Got some boxer primed brass and 150 grain FMJBT's. Going to start at 53.0 grains.
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Re: 7.62x54r H4895 Charge Weight Question

Postby Grindl » Sat Feb 13, 2016 1:56 pm

Just spent several days at Ben Avery ; watching the Berger S.W. Nationals - High Power . F-class , F-Open , FTR , and got the chance to spend about a hour with a Hodgden's Rep discussing various powders for our re-loading needs .
His recommendation was H4895 for those who live in the warmer climates , over Varget . Their testing shows that a load developed for H4895 will remain more consistent , accuracy-wise , through a wider temperature spread . And that H4895 is a higher grade , Temp-stable mixture than Varget..And H4895 seems to be more readily available than Varget in many areas . At least in my area . It always seems to be on the shelf at most stores in the Phx. area .
The only caution expressed was to be careful about your "Beginning" load and even more careful in loading to the high side , as this mixture (H4895) will create pressure quickly , on the high end of the charge weight . If you check your load data , H4895 is pretty comparative to Varget , but it does have a slightly faster fps across the board , on equal loads .
Winter temperature range allows me to shoot Varget consistently here , but after what I've learned about H4895 this week , I can confidently say I will be developing a "Summer" load . :thumbup:
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Re: 7.62x54r H4895 Charge Weight Question

Postby jaysny87 » Mon Feb 15, 2016 9:26 am

Grindl wrote:Just spent several days at Ben Avery ; watching the Berger S.W. Nationals - High Power . F-class , F-Open , FTR , and got the chance to spend about a hour with a Hodgden's Rep discussing various powders for our re-loading needs .
His recommendation was H4895 for those who live in the warmer climates , over Varget . Their testing shows that a load developed for H4895 will remain more consistent , accuracy-wise , through a wider temperature spread . And that H4895 is a higher grade , Temp-stable mixture than Varget..And H4895 seems to be more readily available than Varget in many areas . At least in my area . It always seems to be on the shelf at most stores in the Phx. area .
The only caution expressed was to be careful about your "Beginning" load and even more careful in loading to the high side , as this mixture (H4895) will create pressure quickly , on the high end of the charge weight . If you check your load data , H4895 is pretty comparative to Varget , but it does have a slightly faster fps across the board , on equal loads .
Winter temperature range allows me to shoot Varget consistently here , but after what I've learned about H4895 this week , I can confidently say I will be developing a "Summer" load . :thumbup:


I've come to enjoy using this powder. It has proven to be very consistent for me in both seasons we have here in Texas ( summer and slightly colder summer :lol: .) I use it for both 7.62X54r and 7mm-08.
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Re: 7.62x54r H4895 Charge Weight Question

Postby Grindl » Fri Aug 26, 2016 11:08 pm

Finally got a chance to load up some H-4895 , and it only took about 15 rounds to find the sweet-spot load for my girl , thanks to all the info you guys provided .

44gr.- H-4895
174gr.- SMK
OAL 3.005
BR-2 primer
Brass - S&B trimmed to 2.110
Target : 25yrd. NRA slow fire Pistol Target
No pressure signs

At 100 yards , this load shot two , three shot groups with all three rounds touching in the X-ring . Rifle is a stock barreled M-N cut at 26", w/a 4-port , MB&M Brake..
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