Hodgdon H4198 Smokeless Powder 8 Lbs
by HODGDON , IMR & WINCHESTER
H4198 This Extreme Extruded propellant has gone through some changes since its inception, all the time maintaining the same important burning speed of the past. The kernels were shortened for improved metering and necessary elements were added to make it extremely insensitive to hot/cold temperatures. H4198 is outstanding in cartridges like the 222 Remington, 444 Marlin and the 7.62 X 39. Grain shape is extruded (stick)
Tried this with Speer hollow points and honesty 325 grain fix. Accuracy was fair at 100 yards, around 1.5 groups with both. Went with another powder and got 5/8 inch groups
This is probably among the best powders for use in the Marlin 444 cartridge. I have used it with 240 grain Remington JSP, Hornady 265 and 300 grain bullets with excellent performance. I load them at about 7% less than max loads, all worked well at 100 yards. The recoil is as expected from a big bore rifle, but this one hurts a little more. My next choice would be IMR 4895, which works just as well for the 240 grain bullets. I usually get my loading data from the manufactures web site or booklet, but the Lee Reloading Manual is my best reference.