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Went to a shop today and they had 3 1lb jugs of IMR3031. I used it many years ago and stopped because it seemed to burn too dirty. I came home and looked in my cook books. I don't reload .223 but son and good friend have poodle shooters. Good friend wants to reload for his mini 14. He has Lee setup I put together for him. My question is loading .223 with IMR3031 sample shows like 25.5 grn. After 25.5 theres a 25.5c. Does the c stand for compacted? I see I can reload 30/06 110 grn round nose with IMR3031. Looks like I going back for a jug $39.95 a lb.
 

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Unfortunately, even ordered direct from Hodgdon, that's about the new norm for prices. H110 is marked a little lower, 5744 is more expensive.

IMR3031 is a good powder. I use it in .223, .243 Win, .and 45/70.

Seconding that 'c' means a compressed load.
 

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For .223 I've used 22 gr of IMR 3031 with a 55 gr Hornady (2266 or 2260) bullet, for 3000 fps according to my Hornady load data. My only gripe with the 3031 is that it's an extruded pellet, and my powder measure somewhat fights to "cut through" the pellets. It also make a good .308 reload.
 

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yep a nice sensible 308 load that kills deer just fine.[i use it with the 155gr. bonded corelok copy i make]
it's also a great powder in the 30-30.

so much so that i thought it was mis marked 3030 powder or that 31grs. was the load for the 30 cal rifle. when i was a kid. [31grs. is a good load BTW]
 

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It is a great powder, easy to load and one of the stable powders throughout all reloading history. It is one of the miracle powders, invented about 98 years ago, yet still one of the top powders for most traditional rounds For many it has been "the" match powder for 308 and close to the top for 223 matches.

I load it in 223 with bullets from 34 grain -55 grain, 30-30, 308, 30-06 and 45-70. I can be used in the magnum calibers for the light bullets, I use it for the 110 and 125 grain bullets for the 300 Wby magnum, it is not the best with the heavier bullets in the bigger magnums. Not the top powder in velocity but one of the top in accuracy loads.

If I could only have two rifle powders, it would be one of them. Probably IMR 4350 the other.
 
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yep a nice sensible 308 load that kills deer just fine.[i use it with the 155gr. bonded corelok copy i make]
it's also a great powder in the 30-30.

so much so that i thought it was mis marked 3030 powder or that 31grs. was the load for the 30 cal rifle. when i was a kid. [31grs. is a good load BTW]
My 1st rifle I carried in patrol car was a 30/30 lever I bought from Sears & Roebuck. I loaded so much 30/30 I got tired of it.
 
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