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Does anybody remember IMR 8208 XBR anymore? well I bought a bottle before the release of LVR powder. If I remember correctly the IMR 8208 XBR was the powder to try before LVR was available.

Well I just got around to loading with it for the 308ME. I uses the HDY. #8 book and it shows data for the IMR 8208 XBR 160gr. FTX 308ME bullet. WLR. HDY. cases. Start @ 35.0gr. max @ 37.7gr Okay Made 5 each 35.0gr., 36,0gr, 37.0gr, 37.5gr., 37.7gr.[]
At max. charge 37.7gr. print velocity is 2500fps out of a 308MX 22" barrel so it should be at 30 fps for every additional inch of barrel length. So my 308XLR according to print I should be in the 2560fps area.
Sorry but I don't have a chronograph yet but it is on my wish list. My concern at the moment is accuracy and pressure.

Can I get any thoughts or experience on this load since this load data is offered in print from Hodgdon too.

T :D NY
 

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Re: Does aynbody remember IMR 8208 XBR anymore?

I've never even seen that powder in stores around here.

Looking at the load data, it doesn't look like a powder that would be useful for anything I currently load.
 

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Halwg said:
I've never even seen that powder in stores around here.

Looking at the load data, it doesn't look like a powder that would be useful for anything I currently load.
I bought IMR 8208 XBR for the 30 30 & 308me. But it will not go to wast it can be uses with the 338me and will give max vel. 2350fps. I know the LVR is doing better vel. wise but I got it and will make the best of it. Who knows it might be an accurate powder. As far as deer hunting a 338 cal 200 gr. FTX bullet flying out of the muzzle at 2350fps must still be going 2200fps at 100 yards, something tells me it won't bounce off a black bear or a deer.

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Re: Does aynbody remember IMR 8208 XBR anymore?

I live 30 miles from Powder Valley and with my truck getting 15miles per gallon of diesel and with diesel costing 3.89 a gallown thats $15.56 for fuel down and back. I have to save up so I can buy a lot of things from them to make it cost effective.

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I live 30 miles from Powder Valley and with my truck getting 15miles per gallon of diesel and with diesel costing 3.89 a gallown thats $15.56 for fuel down and back. I have to save up so I can buy a lot of things from them to make it cost effective.

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[/quote]This is true $31.12 round trip. Well I guess the best way is to buy in bulk. If you bought your supplies locally you will probable pay more than powder valley. I certainly would pay a few bucks more for one pound of powder locally rather than make that trip. If I was in your place I would make a once a year list of primers, powders, bullets etc. To be honest it wouldn't cost that much of a different if you buy in bulk and have it shipped ups ground, it would be a wash. it would probable cost $25. haz-mat and $10 to ship =$35 to the door for all your supplies.

I thank you for your in put but I would like to know who uses IMR8208XBR and personal experiences.

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Re: Does aynbody remember IMR 8208 XBR anymore?

I am using IMR8208 in 308 Win, 45-70, 30-30, and soon in 257Roberts, 30-06 and 243 Win. Meters better than Varget and a little faster.
 

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I am using IMR8208 in 308 Win, 45-70, 30-30, and soon in 257Roberts, 30-06 and 243 Win. Meters better than Varget and a little faster.
Great what kinda results are you getting? And are you following printed data or you own?

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I live 30 miles from Powder Valley and with my truck getting 15miles per gallon of diesel and with diesel costing 3.89 a gallown thats $15.56 for fuel down and back. I have to save up so I can buy a lot of things from them to make it cost effective.

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I drive over 30 miles just to take a leak!
 

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I drive over 30 miles just to take a leak!
Good for you. I couldn't hold it that long.

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Re: Does aynbody remember IMR 8208 XBR anymore?

It's 30 miles to the LGS here.

8208 sounds interesting. I might want to see if I can find any .303 Brit data for it.
 

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Re: Does aynbody remember IMR 8208 XBR anymore?

Accuracy in 308 Win equals Varget in my Ruger Hawkeye RSI, around MOA. 45-70 loads are working good with the Ranch Dog 350gr, shoots as good as I do with a 2X scout scope and I run out of shoulder before running out of case capacity. Jury is out on 30-30 because I'm playing with LVR too with the RD 165gr. I don't trust the ball powders temperature sensitivity so will probably stick to 8208 for 30-30 too.
Well worth trying just because of the way it goes threw a powder measure, I like loads that shoot 1" groups or better without weighing each charge. Hybrid 100V does this in 257 Roberts, but Hodgedon says it is like the ball powders temperature wise.
I use Hodgedon data from their website, I would use other brand powders if they had better data for free. I think Sierra, Nosler, Hornaday, Barnes, Speer and the others should give it up and quit trying to get people to buy books.
 

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I use it in my .30-30 with 160 gr. FTX's. The accuracy is very good. When I find the new Lever powder on the shelf somewhere I'll give it a try but until then I will use 8208.
 

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Heck I remember H570 and wish I could find some, but it's been extinct for 30 years.
 

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swany said:
Heck I remember H570 and wish I could find some, but it's been extinct for 30 years.
I used to be real fond of AL-8 in large pistols when I first started reloading.
 

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Well been to the range today and had 3 different calibers to work up 308ME -IMR8208XBR, 356W-H4895 , 35 Rem.-H4895
All loaded with the FTX bullet and all had excellent accuracy at 50 yards. Today was just a test day.
 

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308/338 said:
Well been to the range today and had 3 different calibers to work up 308ME -IMR8208XBR, 356W-H4895 , 35 Rem.-H4895
All loaded with the FTX bullet and all had excellent accuracy at 50 yards. Today was just a test day.
And this too.
 
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