IMR 8208 XBR Smokeless Gun Powder

(9 customer reviews)


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8 Pound

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IMR 8208 XBR Smokeless Gun Powder Every container of Alliant Smokeless Powder is backed by a century of manufacturing experience and the most exacting quality control procedures in the industry. Chemical composition, grain shape and size, and overall density are constantly checked and tested in a ballistics lab to ensure consistency.

Offered by Alliant, Promo has the same burn speed as Red Dot, but is more dense, thus requiring a smaller bushing to obtain the same charge weight. It meters easily and charges consistently. Ideal for use in 12 gauge loads, but can also be used in some handgun loads.

Warnings from the Manufacturer:

  • Do not exceed the loads displayed in the reloaders guide.
  • Never mix any two powders regardless of type, brand, or source.
  • Never substitute any smokeless powder for Black Powder or any Black Powder substitute.
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8 Pound

9 reviews for IMR 8208 XBR Smokeless Gun Powder

  1. Connie Bennett

    35 whelen go to powder
    I was very reluctant to move away from Re15 but since they reduced the recommended loads i began to look around. I am so glad that i did! 8208 is much better in every way. I have recently shot over 100 rounds in preparing for africa. 54.2 grains of 8208 produced less than 1in groups at an average velocity of 2575. Nuff said! Remington 700 cdl 24in. barrel.

  2. Trish Beech

    308 Winchester load for Rem 700 SPS Varmint
    Rifle used is a Remington 700 SPS Varmint Chambered in .308 Winchester. The rifle has a 26″ heavy barrel with a 1:12 rate of twist. The scope I use for load development is a Weaver T-36 and the rifle has a timney trigger. The best load I have come up with is as follows: .308 Winchester brass Nosler 168 gr HPBT Custom Competition Bullet 41.5 gr of IMR 8208 XBR Winchester WLR Primer OAL: 2.305″ using a Hornady Comparator I am a recreational target shooter and below is a photo of a three-shot group. I have done a couple of five-shot groups with the same result, but I always seem to have a flyer because of my own error (pull or wind). My load development started out with a ladder test and this was one of the nodes that proved best. Since Varget is tough to get in my area, I think I will stick with this powder. This combo also produces tights groups at 500 yds as well. I hope this helps some of you. Thanks.

  3. Krista Jones

    My 223 rifles like this powder.
    Recently decided to try this powder after a friend highly recommended it. I was hesitant, figured it may be another pound bottle gathering dust – because of so-so results in my rifles. Well, I was pleasantly surprised! After laddering a charge on my favorite Savage 223 bolt gun I’m getting 1/2 to 5/8 inch groups when I do my part. Seems to be a clean burning powder that meters well. Heat doesn’t seem to affect it either. May become my new favorite 223 powder!

  4. Frances Norkett

    Great for high volume loading
    If I’m going to meticulously weigh each charge, I can usually do better with H4895 or Varget, depending on caliber and bullet weight. However, due to its very small grain size, this stick powder meters like a ball powder without the ball powder temperature sensitivity. On a digital scale that measure in a tenth of grain, charge after charge will come out the same reading. On a balance beam scale, you would notice some difference, but if you are measuring on a balance beam to zero tolerance plus or minus, then you would probably get better accuracy with a compressed load of Varget or H4895. However, if you are using either of those two powders, then you should look at 8208 XBR if you are doing high volume loading and do not wish to individually weigh charges. The better metering capability can remove any slight accuracy loss it has relative to Varget or H4895. I only use temp stable powders these days in centerfire rifle cartridges. IMR 8208 XBR, H4895 and Varget are the only powders I use in the moderate burn rate category. When using a digital scale, I throw several charges and weigh it then divide by the number of throws. That works much better than weighing a single throw of powder, since it reduces the effect of the slight drift of a digital scale by a factor of the number of throws you make. When doing small charges like .223 Rem, 8208 XBR throws will be more accurate than the drift of the digital scale and will give better results than if you weighed each charge. A great powder if you are stuck with a cheap digital scale but have a really good powder measure like my Hornady Lock-N-Load. You will need a balance beam scale to get better powder charges than 8208 XBR delivers in a good powder measure. Excellent powder for prairie dog hunters or any high volume shooter.

  5. Jan Gatehouse

    223 204 Powder
    I use 8208 with heavier bullets in 223 rem with fantastic results. Similar performance to Varget with a slight edge going to 8208 performance wise, but it meters much better than varget..With a 69 gr Sierra TMK, I can routinely get .25″ groups at 100 yards.. In the 204 Ruger this powder is almost unbelievably accurate with the 39 gr SBK. Using rem 7 1/2 primers and Norma brass, I can achieve groups in the neighborhood of .185″ and sometimes smaller from the CZ 527 Varmint.

  6. Timothy King

    My .308 loves it
    I did quite a bit of experimenting with this powder a few years ago trying to squeeze a little more velocity out of an FNAR .308. In the end I had my adjustable port back at the factory setting and stayed with 42-42.5 gr using 165-168gr bullets. Haven’t used any other powder in it since. Had problems with Superformance and some CFE223 combos. “Traditional” .308 powders just didn’t have the results of the 8208 in this 20″ gas piston rifle. I also use this powder with the 6.8spc and found some really good midrange loads for my wife to use hunting that lets her keep a sight picture when firing. She didn’t like my “hot” CFE223 loads in the 6.8. I have not had the success with 5.56 using this powder that some have had, but, looking forward to testing this in the 224 Valkyrie. It has small kernels with a slightly golden look that doesn’t look like or smell like anything else on the Bench.

  7. Hazel Oconnor

    8208 = happiness
    I have seen a few powders work in this this gun but none better than IMR8208. Seeable below is four on a 400 yard gong this very morning. It sure leads to success to vary experimental charges by just 3/10ths of a grain and one will work like a charm. These were with 8208 and 175 grain Matchings in the pictured 308.

  8. Freddy Mitz

    I use this powder in my M1A – Excellent results
    Because of my right eye, I now have to shoot a rifle left handed after 77 years of shooting a rifle. Using IMR 8208 XBR in MY M1A, I have a 10 shot pattern inside of a 1 1/4″ circle shooting off hand using a sling at 50 Yards. I’ll be 83 in Oct.

  9. Vinnie Vegas

    Good powder for 17 Remington
    I found XBR to have an edge on the likely powders for my 17 Remington (Benchmark, H322, H335, etc). Notable superiority on accuracy, and fouling for the small 17 bore is less than most powders.

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