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interchangeable powder question

Picked up a box of 36gr Barnes Varmint Grenades for my .22-250. My neighbor said he'd load them for me. Today I went up and barnes calls for either BL-C(2) or RL15 powders. He has a TON of powder, but neither of those, his are mostly older. My main question is: does anyone know if there is an older powder that could be substituted or do i need to go buy powder now as well?

also, if anyone has worked with these bullets and has a favorite recipe for them, I'd appreciate some info!
we are also loading Sierra 40gr varminters, so recipes for those would also be appreciated.
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Re: interchangeable powder question

I will put this as delicately as possible. How much faith do you have in your reloading friends reloading ability? If he has been reloading for any time he should know what he is doing and it sounds like you are second-guessing him already.
Many things go into developing a load for a certain rifle, and a load that I have developed for my rifle and twist rate may not be the best for your rifle.
With a little work you and your friend should be able to find a (published load) for the bullets you will be using.
Personally I do not buy bulk bullets to start with. Part of the fun of reloading is matching the Bullet, powder and other variables to get the best possible round for that rifle. And a simple load of XYorZ powder on an internet form may get you moving in the right direction, but then it could cause you some real problems.
Good luck with the Bullets, just remember start out near minimum loads and work up.
Barrel burners may sound great, but most times a mid-range load of a suitable powder will give you much better accuracy.
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Get a list of the powders that he has and go to the powder maker's webpage. It should give you the info you want.
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Re: interchangeable powder question

try here.
http://data.hodgdon.com/main_menu.asp
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Re: interchangeable powder question

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I will put this as delicately as possible. How much faith do you have in your reloading friends reloading ability? If he has been reloading for any time he should know what he is doing and it sounds like you are second-guessing him already.
Many things go into developing a load for a certain rifle, and a load that I have developed for my rifle and twist rate may not be the best for your rifle.
With a little work you and your friend should be able to find a (published load) for the bullets you will be using.
Personally I do not buy bulk bullets to start with. Part of the fun of reloading is matching the Bullet, powder and other variables to get the best possible round for that rifle. And a simple load of XYorZ powder on an internet form may get you moving in the right direction, but then it could cause you some real problems.
Good luck with the Bullets, just remember start out near minimum loads and work up.
Barrel burners may sound great, but most times a mid-range load of a suitable powder will give you much better accuracy.
I agree with what Hornady has to say above. With that said...
Go buy a bottle of RE15 if you want to use one of those 2 powders.

Here is why...
1) BL-(C)2 is very temperature sensitive.
2) BL-(C)2 is not listed by Hodgden (the mfr of BL-(C)2) for the bullets you listed. (unless I over looked them)

Whatever you decide, I hope you will be working up the load an not just picking a charge & putting together cartridges.
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Re: interchangeable powder question

Game chaser, hornady is rite. I load for my 22-250 and I had a lot of success with imr 3031, and varget. I read about the new imr 8208 xbr last year and decided to try it. I fell in love with it. Now it is all I use. Look it up on their web site and read about it. Very good powder.
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