Rifle is a 16" 1/10 SPC2 AR. I've been using Benchmark since I can also use it in my other calibers, but I'm almost out so I'm open to suggestions.
Currently loading 110g Vmax blems on top of 28 grains Benchmark, using CCI normal primers in both Hornady and Remington brass.
So - recommendations? If it can be used in 8x57 and .30-06, that is a huge bonus.
I'm building cheap plinking ammo here - my load seems to be pretty darn accurate (minute-of-toy-army-soldier at about 25') but that isn't the primary concern. Primary is cheap.
Also - picked up some CCI #41s... do I need to download a bit, or are these a direct swap just with harder cups?
The maximum use of force is in no way incompatible with the simultaneous use of the intellect.
I have found that H335 works well for me with 110 grain bullets, but loaded at the max end of the spectrum. Benchmark can make some fairly accurate ammo, but on the low end for velocity. H322 is an all-around good 6.8 powder, capable of producing great loads, but RL10X is just as good for me, with a little more velocity. A2200 is the new do all 6.8 powder it seems and has been working very well for me from 85MPG's to 120SST's.
The CCI41 is the preferred SR primer for me and is hotter than the standard CCI SR primer. When introducing a new component into the mix, you should back up a bit and work back up.
Looking at my reloading data, H335 at around 30 grains has made some pretty accurate ammo for me and will be cheaper than your Benchmark powder since spherical powders are usually priced cheaper than extruded.
I've had good success with H335 on 6.8 rounds and small 123gr to 130gr .308 loads.
Good results with Re10x and AA2200 in 6.8.
May be difficult getting the same results with these powders on the larger bullets you mention. I've read good reports of IMR 4895 on .30 06 and 8mm Mauser. I loaded 8mm Mauser with Nosler 200gr bullets over IMR 4895 and had good results out of my Mauser.
I'd use the readily available IMR powders for your larger bullet calibers.
30.5g of H335 in used SSA brass using CCI #41 with 110 Prohunters has been a very acccurate, reasonably cheap round in my ARP 6.8. This is a good round to deer hunt with, plenty accurate, and still cheap enough to shoot alot.
Hodgden online load data shows H335, Benchmark, and 8208XBR for the 6.8/30-06/8x57
CCI 41's are rated as a magnum primer, always good to start low and work up.
They are the same primer as the CCI 450 small rifle magnum primer with a thicker bottom on the cup and more distance between the tip of the anvil and the bottom of the cup.
Last edited by cag215; 05-12-2012 at 07:37 PM.