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15Nov

Hodgdon BL-C(2) and H4895 Powders for .308 Winchester

Hodgdon BL-C(2) and H4895 can be used across a range of rifle calibres. The Lapua Scenar 168 grain BTHP bullet has a proven accuracy capability., Posted in Standard

Hodgdon BL-C(2) and H4895
Hodgdon BL-C(2) &H4895

This article contains information on reloading .308 Winchester calibre using Hodgdon BL-C(2) and H4895 powders. Two different types of bullet were used; 146 grain FMJ bullets and Lapua 168 grain BTHP Scenar bullets. BL-C(2) is a spherical propellant was developed for military use in 7.62mm NATO ammunition, which is commercially known as .308 Winchester. When it was first introduced bench rest and target shooters made it success. As well as .308 Winchester it will also work well in .223 Remington.


Specs

 

Calibre

Bullet

Weight

Grains

Powder

Make

Hodgdon

Powder

Weight

Grains

Average

Velocity

In FPS

Extreme

Spread in

FPS

Group Size in Inches

.308 Win

168

BL-C(2)

46.0

2595

14

0.70

.308 Win

168

BL-C(2)

46.5

2654

12

0.96

.308 Win

168

BL-C(2)

47.0

2675

18

0.62

Hodgdon H4895 is a very versatile powder and will work in everything from .22 center fire calibres up to .458 Winchester. Its origin is in the .30-06 calibre round as a military powder and was the first powder that Bruce Hodgdon sold to the reloading public. 

Calibre

Bullet

Weight

Grains

Powder

Make

Hodgdon

Powder

Weight

Grains

Average

Velocity

in FPS

Extreme

Spread  

in FPS

Group

Size in Inches

.308 Win

168

H4895

42.5

2610

31

0.80

.308 Win

168

H4895

43.0

2640

27

0.78

.308 Win

168

H4895

43.5

2659

73

0.81

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The smallest group with the 168 grain BTHP was 0.62 inches with 47.0 grains of   BL-C(2). All loads with the Lapua Scenar bullets grouped less than 1 minute of angle.

All the above loads were assembled using Lapua 168 grain BTHP Scenar bullets. The rounds were loaded to an overall length of 2.800 inches. The loads were shot in a Steyr SSG in .308 Winchester calibre with a 26 inch barrel. The velocities were recorded in feet per second ( FPS ) using a CED M2 chronograph. The velocity was an average of three rounds. The extreme spread is the difference between the highest and lowest velocity in feet per second ( FPS ). The rifle was supported at the front by a Harris bipod and at the rear by a polymer bead filled butt bag. All loads produced groups below one minute of angle at 100 yards range. If all your shooting is done out to 200 meters then the lower powder charges will work OK. If you are shooting out to 600 yards the higher powder charge will give you a flatter trajectory and better bullet stability at the longer ranges.

146 grain FMJ bullets

In addition to using the 168 grain BTHP bullet, loads were assembled using 146 grain FMJ bullets, as this is also a popular bullet type and weight in this calibre. These loads were again assembled using both BL-C(2) and H4895 powders. The rounds were loaded to an overall length of 2.800 inches. The loads were shot in the same Steyr SSG in .308 Winchester calibre with a 26 inch barrel. The velocities were recorded in feet per second ( FPS ) using a CED M2 chronograph. The velocity was an average of three rounds. The extreme spread is the difference between the highest and lowest velocity in feet per second ( FPS ). The rifle was supported front and rear as before. All loads using 146 grain FMJ bullets produced groups of between 0.72 and 1.13 minute of angle at 100 yards range. If all your shooting is done out to 300 meters then these loads will fulfil your needs.

Calibre

Bullet

Weight

Grains

Powder

Make

Hodgdon

Powder

Weight

Grains

Average

Velocity

In FPS

Extreme

Spread

In FPS

Group Size in

Inches

.308 Win

146

BL-C(2)

47.0

2672

3

0.72

.308 Win

146

BL-C(2)

47.5

2706

23

1.12

.308 Win

146

BL-C(2)

48.0

2724

28

1.11

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The 146 grain FMJ bullets grouped between 0.72 and 1.125 inches with both powders

 

Calibre

Bullet

Weight

Grains

Powder

Make

Hodgdon

Powder

Weight

Grains

Average

Velocity

in FPS

Extreme

Spread

in FPS

Group Size in Inches

.308 Win

146

H4895

44.5

2767

8

1.01

.308 Win

146

H4895

45.0

2812

40

0.90

.308 Win

146

H4895

45.5

2819

70

1.13

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This Sika deer was taken with a neck shot at a laser range finder measured range of 93 metres. The load was 48 grains of BL-C(2) using a Hornady 150 grain SST bullet.

For Further Information

www.hodgdon.com

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