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    Posted: October 20 2013 at 3:28am
Gents, a friend of mine with far more experience than I has recommended using Vitavouri powder, saying it is more consistent quality than the french made Tubal 3000 that I am currently using. The Vitavouri site shows 3 possible powders for .303 British with 174 gr orgives. They are N135, N140 and N540. 
My question is which one is the most suitable for target shooting with the .303? I am currently using boat tail Sierra Match King 174 grain orgives.
He also advised I should junk the Winchester primers and use Federal Match primers. He has competed for many years, but not with a .303! Any advice from the more experienced target shooters will be shooters will be appreciated.
As a comparison, I carried out a velocity test yesterday, and the results are reasonable, but not entirely consistent. The average speed was 2450 ft/second of 10 rounds. but one round very low at 2427ft/sec and one round high at 2469ft/sec. The remaining rounds between 2440 and 2460 which is not too bad. But 2 round's out of 10 off is not great!
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Well I have decided to take this one step at a time and try out the Federal Match primers with my current loads. See how I get on then go from there.
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Keep us posted on your results, Zed. I like to see what people are coming up with in their tests.
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41 grains of N140 with federal primers will give you 2500 fps. I've used this load for years and it's always been consistant.
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Thanks for that info Tony. There seems to be supply problems for Vitavouri in France at the moment. So I will see how I go with the Tubal 3000 and swap to the N140 when I get some.
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It's the same here, some of the guys are using TR 140 which is supposed to be very close to N140 in performance. I can't comment on it as I've never used it. But from comments I've heard it's a very good powder.
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