Reloading the .308 Winchester

The .308 Winchester is not only a historic battlefield caliber, it is an established match caliber and one of the best all-around North American hunting calibers. The proper burn rate powder for the .308 is a mid-range rifle powder, which gives the reloader a large selection of appropriate choices. Where is the best place to start?

The Hodgdon Reloading Data Center (RDC) lists 21 different powder types that can be used in the .308 Winchester. All these powders are appropriate in the listed loads. However, if you are new to the .308 the choices can be overwhelming. Here is a quick guide to help you get started. 

PREDATOR Loads
(light weight, fast velocity)
MILITARY Duplicate LoadsHEAVY Bullet Loads
Benchmark
H335®
IMR 8208 XBR
H322
IMR 3031®
BL-C(2)
IMR 4895
H4895
Varget
IMR 4064®
CFE 223
Varget®
IMR 8208 XBR
IMR 4064®
Winchester 748