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    Default Anyone try VARGET in 45-70 loads?

    I just ran across a couple loads for the 45-70 using VARGET. I was wondering if anyone here has played with it???
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    I have tried a bunch of different powders going for max performance loads with the RCBS 45-405 cast bullet but that wasnt one of them. I have had my best luck so far with Reloader #7. but I say, wrung what you brung baby! I have tried some goofy loads over the years after seing some powder that I happen to have sitting on the shelf listed in a book, and have had a few good suprizes every now and then!
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    Default Not Terrible

    I've run a few Varget loads with the 4570 primarily with 300gr Bullets. Accuracy was 'ok' but nothing stellar.

    IMR 3031 is still my overall favorite for all weights in this cartridge.

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    Thumbs down Varget

    Tried it had better luck with Reloader 7 H322 and IMR 3031 in the 45-70 with RL7 in the lead!

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    I've got a couple of other rounds based on the 45-70 case, as well as a couple of 45-70's. All of them do great with RL-7, and where I've compared powders, generally as well or better with it than others. Accuracy wise H322 was a step back, with 3031 a step behind that. I've never tried Varget, but would be really surprised if it did better than RL-7. If so, dandy, but if it doesn't live up to your aims, I'd sure add RL-7 to the list of powders to try next.

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    I've not tried Varget with the 45-70, but I have used it with many other calibers, and I have found that it is very similar to RL-15.

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    I loaded some with IMR 4198 last night. (38 grains of powder and a CCI 250 Mag primer.)

    The other loads I have put together are 46 grains of IMR 3031 and a CCI 250 primer.
    Both of these loads are using the Remington 405 grain bullet. Which is a little long with the way they put the cannelures on the slug.

    I need to go buy some RL-7 the next time I travel up the highway...
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