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    M118LR Match dissected

    I dissected one of the M118LR Match rds I just got from Midway here are some pictures. I'd like to know if someone can identify the powder.
    Hopefully AmmoManAaron or Wolfhound can give us some history on this round.

    OAL: 2.810 - 2.812 I only checked 10 to get an idea of the oal.











    Last edited by DadSmith; 06-19-2020 at 18:28.
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    For the powder variety, I would lean toward IMR 4064. According to my reloading diary my .308 pet load for 175gr SMK is 43.0gr of 4064. I chronoed that round on a warm day @ just under 2700 fps MV from my Match barrel M1-A. LC '90 Match brass, Winchester WLR primer.
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    Since your ammo is headstamped 2018, it's basically Reloader 15 and it should be 43.5grs, but as is typical with mass produced ammo that will vary a little.

    Older M118 LR used a non-cannister grade powder called WC 750.

    Boxes marked "Match M118" are even older and used IMR 4895.

    That's some short details, the actual history of the evolution of the varieties of M118 could fill an entire chapter in a book.
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    This +1 ^^^^^^^^^^^^

    I see sealant at both the primer and bullet. Was it difficult to pull the bullet due to the sealant?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AmmoManAaron View Post
    Since your ammo is headstamped 2018, it's basically Reloader 15 and it should be 43.5grs, but as is typical with mass produced ammo that will vary a little.

    Older M118 LR used a non-cannister grade powder called WC 750.

    Boxes marked "Match M118" are even older and used IMR 4895.

    That's some short details, the actual history of the evolution of the varieties of M118 could fill an entire chapter in a book.
    Great information AmmoManAaron.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfhound View Post
    This +1 ^^^^^^^^^^^^

    I see sealant at both the primer and bullet. Was it difficult to pull the bullet due to the sealant?
    Yes it was more difficult than normal. Had to go outside and hit my concrete step to get it to come free with my bullet puller.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfhound View Post
    This +1 ^^^^^^^^^^^^

    I see sealant at both the primer and bullet. Was it difficult to pull the bullet due to the sealant?
    When you want to pull sealed bullets you use a seater die and first push the bullet in a bit, and break the seal, and then pull the bullet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clay Pigeon View Post
    When you want to pull sealed bullets you use a seater die and first push the bullet in a bit, and break the seal, and then pull the bullet.
    I canít believe I never thought to do that before!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 76Too View Post
    I canít believe I never thought to do that before!
    lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by natdscott View Post
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