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reloading 223 powder

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by t901, Feb 3, 2013.

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  1. t901

    t901 Member

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    I'm starting to reload 223 for my AR15 and was wondering if any trap shooters also reload that.
    I was looking at CFE223 and H335 and TAC just from other posts but don't really know much about

    I have a 16in carbine and will be shooting 55gr fmj bullets
    any help would be great
    Thanks Todd
     
  2. TD1958

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    I load varget and am very pleased. My rifle is most accurate with the varget load versus all other powders I tried. Good Luck, Tim
     
  3. Kevin Fleming

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    Todd,

    You're on the right track with those powders. I have only used IMR4198 with the light bullets/short barrels and it is IMO a good choice. Given current supplies, it may be "take what you can get".

    K
     
  4. likes-to-shoot

    likes-to-shoot Well-Known Member

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    I use H335 with very good results. Sounds like you can pick and choose how ever you feel and be OK.
     
  5. high 2

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    Fred, I've looked for data on reloader 15 for the 223 and didn't see it. Can you direct me to where you found the data? I have a 22-250 that I was getting ready to rebarrel until a friend gave me a handful of shells he had loaded with re15. Turned it into a 1/2 MOA gun. Would love to try it on my 223. Larry
     
  6. Shooting Coach

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    Since I load the 223/5.56 on a progressive press, I use Accurate 2015. Powder is very dense, does not sling out on the press, shoots sub three-tenths in my heavy barrel 223.
     
  7. high 2

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    Well coach, if you can settle for those groups that's your business;). That's what I'm trying to get. I've been trying to find some 60gr V-Max bullets without any luck. All my distributors are out. I went to Bass Pro today to buy some work shoes and went over to the reloading area to see if they had a box of the v-max's to try them. It looked as if the store had been looted. I don't understand all the panic
    Larry
     
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    Better see what you can find. I did just get a 1lb jug of Benchmark and BL-C(2). I was lucky to find that. Those are two I use to load my .223 and I've been quite happy with the results. However, I'm reading and learning from the more experienced loaders here. Nice group Coach. Might try and tighten them up a bit. If you want, I can come down South there and give ya some pointers. Heck, I might even teach you to shoot that Glock. LOL
     
  9. Leo

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    H335 is used with good success. H4895, Varget and RE-15 are popular among those who load heavier bullets like 68/69 and 75/77 match bullets. BLC(2), WIN 748, IMR 3031 AA 2460 are also used. VV134 and VV140 powders from Finland work fine but they cost twice the money. I know there are more new powders, but I do not have any experience with them. I mostly load for heavier bullets, so I do not have a lot of experience with the faster powders.
     
  10. Beretta Young Gun

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    I'm not much of a rifle shooter except for my .17HMR but listening to the conversatiins at the gun clubs it seems that CFE223 is an extremely popular powder. BYG
     
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    Agree with Sarge on the Reloader-15. I shoot a 55 V-max out of a 16in. DPMS with very good results. That's a compressed load. Have also shot a lot of 4198 out of my bolt .223's. The fun will be in the experimenting to see what your gun likes. Good luck, shoot well.

    Steve
     
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    My XP-100R, 700VTR and 700BDL all shoot their best groups with either Varget or Benchmark, depending upon the gun. I use 50-grain bullets and the Berger or Nosler varmint bullets yield the tightest groups - again, depending upon the gun. The VTR shoots into .271" at 3,212fps with Noslers over 25.0 grains of Benchmark with CCI BR-2 primers.

    Ed
     
  13. SuperMotard

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    Had good luck with benchmark and blc2, currently playing with xb8208 ( i believe those are the numbers)

    Anybody played with that powder yet?
     
  14. rexxon631g

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    I have used BLC2 and H335, my .223 seems like it will shoot anything just fine.
     
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    Lighter bullets do well with 4198, RE 7, and especially AA2200 (this was reintroduced after gaining popularity as a surplus military powder).

    With heavier bullets I use 2460, 748, RE 10.

    The OP did not specify if his gun was 223 chambered or 5.56, there will be some differences to pay attention to.

    HM
     
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    H335 is great CFE223 is basicaally the same but has the copper fouling eraser chimical in it. The article in a magazine showed that it really does remove the copper from the barrel.
     
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    I shoot WC 844 and am very happy with it. it is a military version of H335 and likewise has the copper fouling deterent in it.

    Up until lately it has been available for less than half the cost of commercial grade powder. The last I bought(November) it was 8lb for about $90.
     
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    Supermotard, I have worked up several loads with the XBR 8208 in my heavy bbl. 22-250 but have not found anything that will out-shoot my present load using 4064. Hopefully someone has done some more extensive work with that powder and will chime in.

    Steve
     
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    Accurate 2230 is a good powder for the .223; 5 years ago I had bought some limited Accurate 2200 which was made in the Czech Republic which could be purchased for $44.00 for an 8 lb. keg which was a great buy. This was a very clean powder and metered very accurately as it was a ball powder. Good luck with finding supplies. BT100dc
     
  20. kgp912kgp

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    I have been loading Varget and my rifle loves it and it loves me!! I do have some on backorder as there is none around. I am glad that I bought it in bulk and have enough for another couple of months shooting 5-6 boxes per month. Going to look into the H335 and Win 748 in the next year of so.
     
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