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Ammunition - Federal 168gr GM Match:


3) Does anyone know the powder type and charge to duplicate the FED 168 GM match ammo?
Tony Y
Iselin, NJ, USA - Saturday, February 13, 1999 at 14:39:06 (ZULU) 


Tony Y...
I pulled a batch of Fed GM 168 last November, and the load was
41.1gr of a industrial bulk lot of IMR-4064, which is consistant with any of the loading manuals, and IMR-4064 has a very good reputation with the .308/168 combination. However you might try Varget, or AA-2520, both have excellent reputations for accuracy at 1000 yds, with the 168, and are easy to load. IMR-4064 is a real bitch to get through a powder measure... but it's cheaper in 1000 Lb lots!
Pablito <condor@mags.net>
USA - Saturday, February 13, 1999 at 16:01:34 (ZULU) 
First off try about 41.5 to 42.0 gr. of IMR or Hodgen 4895 power. This is a relatively mild load which also works great with 190 gr. Sierra's in bolt rifles. This was the load that was used in the military NM ammo (173 gr.) for many years.

Ron N. <rcn8@accnorwalk.com>
USA - Saturday, February 13, 1999 at 16:44:35 (ZULU) 


Pablito,
Like you I have pulled bullets in Fed Match to see if I could figure out what they were using for powder then I talked to one of there instructors at a school and he said they spend countless hours and dollars trying to come up with the perfect "BLEND" of powder and they do not use a standard IMR or any other brand.
Pat <mrbullet@hotmail.com>
USA - Sunday, February 14, 1999 at 01:04:56 (ZULU) 
Pablito,
Thanks for the e.mail I had read that also and agree with you. We were in class and one of the students ask what the load was for Fed Match ammo and I wihipped it off and he corrected me telling me that there was no way we could duplicte it because they use a "Special Blend" and me being a good student I didn't want to tell him he was full of shit because I had done it right down to the FPS by doing just what you said. In fact I think years back they used 4895 at one time.
Pat <mrbullet@hotmail.com>
USA - Monday, February 15, 1999 at 15:33:57 (ZULU) 

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