Powder for semi's

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by skamania, Jan 13, 2011.

  1. skamania

    skamania New Member

    Jan 8, 2011
    Getting ready to load some shells for a semi auto, looking at the manuals they all seem to use a bolt action to test.
    Is there anywhere that test what powders are better for semi autos?
    Will be loading 30 06 and 308.
  2. jim brady

    jim brady Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2009
    Simla, Colorado
    What kind of semi-autos are you loading for? Some are powder specific.

  3. skamania

    skamania New Member

    Jan 8, 2011
    will be shooting 30 06 bar's and the 308 is a RRA AR 10.
    Heard may want to use a little faster burning powder, but cant find anything in any of the manuals I have. Just wondering if anyone had luck with one over the other just to give me a starting point.
  4. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    I load a 168 grain bullet using Varget or Winchester 748 in both my M1 Garand (30.06), M1A, and L1A1 (both 308) (all semi-auto).
  5. steve4102

    steve4102 Former Guest

    Jan 27, 2006
    The BAR will handle all the powders associated with the 30-06. It is not a Garand type action and will not be damaged when loading slow for cartridge powders as in the Garand. Same for the AR-10.

    Whatever gives you the best accuracy is the one to use.
  6. 312shooter

    312shooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Las Vegas NV
    I use AA2520 the "Camp Perry Powder" and love it. A ball powder and performance is excellent in the 308.
  7. noylj

    noylj Active Member

    Jul 27, 2007
    Ask the manufacturer.
    I tend to go with the faster powders, but I don't load for max velocity.
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