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    what was imr4895 originally made for?

    was it a service powder or made for reloaders? and if it was mad for the army what did they use it in? thanks!-Travis
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    IMR4895 was formulated to load cal. .30 Ball M2 during WW2. Hodgdon Powder got its start selling surplus 4895 in brown paper bags. H4831 was salvaged from pulling down 20mm Oerlikon cannon ammunition.
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    boy I would love to have one of those!
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    I used to buy it at Viking Arms on Reno St in Oklahoma City for a quarter a scoop back in the 60's. Did all or my rifle reloading with it and still use it today.

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    I got the impression that it was developed around making the .30-06 cartridge launch a 152gr. FMJ bullet at 2800 + 50 f/s in the M1 Garand rifle, without bending its operating rod from excessive port pressure. In the process, it proved to be a rather versatile rifle propellant. It was also my impression that another company that was contracted to provide propellant for the same application devised a propellant later known as IMR-4064, for the same purpose, but I could have that wrong.
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check