Updated: Mar 10
Hand loaders generally want 3 things. 1: the best possible performance in a given platform and shooting discipline that almost all factory loaded ammunition does not offer. 2: the ability to make ammunition on demand even during changing political and economical climates. 3: economics; in general you can save a fair amount of money by rolling your own ammunition regardless of cartridge type.
Back in early 2020 I searched for the best mix of these things while developing loads for western Kansas prairie dog shooting. I admit; I love Hodgdon and other American powder companies but around 2020 availability started to waiver with the beginning of COVID. I discovered Lovex Shooters World powders and ordered several varieties from our local distributor because they were available and economical which allowed me to continue loading high volume and high performance ammunition at a fair price. At the time the distributor was unsure of this powder; had been in business for several decades and hadn't had any demand for it. He reluctantly ordered many pounds and my journey with Shooters World powder began. Here at American Cash Exchange we proudly offer seven different varieties as of 03/2023.
Lovex powders are manufactured in Europe and Distributed in the United States by Shooters World Propellants LLC. They provide powders in every burn rate regardless of end user requirement. Some of our store favorites are Match Rifle, Tactical Rifle, AR Plus, and Blackout.
(Brett's Tikka setup to prairie dog hunt)
Match Rifle- Match Rifle is formulated for use in a wide variety of rifle calibers. Match Rifle is a canister form of Lovex bulk propellant D073-06 and has as similar burn rate to Accurate 2520, CFE 223, and Reloader-15. A high density, double base, flash suppressed propellant, it’s optimized for service rifle match shooting and other centerfire rifle competitions. Equally capable in .223 REM, .308 Win, 5.56mm, and numerous hunting calibers, it has broad utility as a rifle propellant. The gas generation rate of this propellant is matched to the requirements of AR platforms, as well as M-1 and M-1A gas systems.
I use this Match Rifle with 53 grain Hornady Vmax in a Tikka 223 Remington with fantastic results over thousands of rounds. It offers fantastic consistency, meters well and produces a very accurate sub MOA load. I highly recommend.
Tactical Rifle- This propellant has been a secret of OEM loaders for some time. It is the cleanest .223 and .308 spherical propellant on the market, and a superior alternative to H335 and BLC(2). Optimized for 55 grain .223 Remington, and 147/150 grain .308 Winchester, it also provides sub-minute accuracy with numerous match loads we’ve evaluated. It is extremely low in residue, muzzle smoke, and is flash suppressed. The propellant flows like water through a volumetric charger. Loaders will see no more than 1/10th of a grain of variation in charge weight from a powder drop. This has been tested in Dillon, RCBS, Lee, Hornady, Hollywood, and Lyman chargers. Additionally, this propellant enables loaders to meet the velocity and pressure specifications of popular rounds for AR and M1A platforms. It provides ample gas pressure and volume for reliable cycling of these operating mechanisms
AR Plus- This propellant (AR Plus) is a bulk form of Lovex D073.4 reloading propellant. It is similar in burn speed to Accurate 2230®. The propellant gas generation rate is appropriate for cartridges of the light to moderate sectional density .223 Remington and .308 Winchester cartridges. It does contain a level of flash suppression, incorporated into the propellant. A spherical propellant, it meters through charge plates consistently and will work in a high-speed loader with very good flow.
Blackout- Ballistic results for this propellant show it appropriate for both pistol and rifle cartridges that incorporate a near straight-walled cartridge case. The propellant gas generation rate is appropriate for .300 Blackout, 7.62×39, .30-30, .22 Hornet, as well as many straight-walled large pistol and rifle cartridges where rapid transformation from powder to gas is desired. It is similar in burn speed to Accurate 1680®. A spherical propellant, it meters through charge plates consistently and will flow well in a high-speed loader. It contains a level of flash suppression, incorporated into the propellant.
I use this powder for supersonic 7.62X39 handloads with great success. I have verified sub MOA accuracy with a Ruger Ranch rifle and Hornady 123 grain SST.
If you are wandering the barren wasteland of out of stock and over priced handloading supplies stop on in and check out these outstanding options.
Source- https://shootersworldpowder.com/ ( powder data and specs as of 3/9/23 from provided URL)
Written by Brett Michael- Ace Shooter Supply (American Cash Exchange)