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    Spherical Powder for SCAR 17 SBR

    I use a single stage Forster press and a Chargemaster to produce long range loads with 168 and 175 gr bullets and works well for me for long range accurate loads. I am now using the SCAR 17SBR suppressed with a Saker in a 3Gun Heavy class so I want reasonably accurate rounds but not shooting really long distance. I want to 1. increase production and 2. reduce the cost a bit so I will be loading "plinking" rounds with 150 gr Hornady FMJs on a Dillon 550. I am looking for a powder that will meter reasonably well on the Dillon. I have some H335 to start with but wondering if anyone else has a favorite powder that has metered well through a Dillon powder measure they've used for loading 762X51, 308 win with around 150 gr bullets.
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    Do the short stick powders like varget not meter well in the Dillon? I have used a powder throw with Varget to do non-precision 5.56, and did not notice a large variance on the 10% or so that I weighed. If I am not loading for accuracy, .1 or .2 gr is not a big deal as long as your load is not at the top of the pressure chart. I typically use the chargemaster and Varget when I do 7.62 with a single stage press, so do not have experience with the drop on a Dillon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmiles View Post
    Do the short stick powders like varget not meter well in the Dillon? I have used a powder throw with Varget to do non-precision 5.56, and did not notice a large variance on the 10% or so that I weighed. If I am not loading for accuracy, .1 or .2 gr is not a big deal as long as your load is not at the top of the pressure chart. I typically use the chargemaster and Varget when I do 7.62 with a single stage press, so do not have experience with the drop on a Dillon.
    Yes not so good with the Dillon measure, 4064, Varget and RE15 were all about the same. The charges can vary a bit more .2-.3 and occasionally will bridge. When there's a bridge the first one is way under charged and the next overcharged and spills powder and is a real PIA. I lose the productivity gains with the clean up.

    The Dillon has been great loading spherical powders for pistol, 300blk and 223/556.
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