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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Keyfer 55, Jul 12, 2019.

  1. Keyfer 55

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    Like to see some pet loads 16 in. 1:9 ROT barrel. I can't seem to get the accuraticy
    I want from factory ammo !!
     
  2. NR53

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    LC brass
    CCI 450 primer
    24.2 G AA2230
    Midsouth .224 55 gr VNX premium HPFB
    2.25 OAL

    gets ~3k fps from my 16 in. 1:9 twist Bushmaster barrel. Does well in 1:12, 1:8 also. Does well in 1:7, but about 1 in ten flies apart due to the fast twist. It has a thin jacket.
     
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  3. JO JO

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    Try some TAC I have had good luck with it in an 1/9 AR and a 55 to 69 gr
    Projectile
     
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  4. Ironicaintit

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    My most accurate load is with IMR 4198 and 55 grain soft points. Typically I use LC brass, but the rifle doesnt seem to care what brass is in it
     
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  5. Bfh_auto

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    If you don't mind weighing your charges, 25.5 of H4895 and a 55sp works well. You may need to go up or down a tenth depending on your brass.
    If you take a trip to your reloading store with a reloading manual and see what they have for prices on each brand of powder.
    I've seen as big as 15 dollars a pound difference. There are so many powders that work well in 223 that you will get varied responses.
     
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  6. badkarmamib

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    I have a 1:8 twist, and run 25.5 gr H4895 under a 60gr Hornady V-Max (Hodgdon book max is 26). I found it to be very accurate. Can't say for sure how it would work in a 1:7, but the V-Max seems to perform very well for a lot of users.
     
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  7. ArchAngelCD

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    For range ammo:
    LC brass
    CCI #41 or 450 primer
    25.0gr H335
    55gr .224 FMJ bullet

    For accurate target/hunting ammo:
    Federal brass
    CCI 450 primer
    25.0gr Varget
    55gr Sierra GameKing HPBT #1390
     
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  8. Charlie98

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    That's mine as well. I just fetched some 62grn BTHP bullets for pretty cheap, I want to see how well those do over H335, too.
     
  9. ArchAngelCD

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    I used the same 25.0gr charge of H335 with a 62gr Sierra SP too.
     
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  10. jeeptim

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    26gr blc2 55gr fmj
    H-322, and TAC can't remember charge but 223 go to powders
     
  11. 2ndtimer

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    62 gr Hornady HPBT (from Mid-South Shooters Supply)
    24.5 gr Ramshot TAC
    CCI-450 or Remington 7 1/2
    Affordable, Accurate and Effective in 5 different AR's twisted 1 in 9", 1 in 8" and 1 in 7".
     
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  12. Hokie_PhD

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    I’m so glad to see several folks using H335. Its nice to know I’m not alone.
    As listed above, by several folks 25 grain seems to work as a good base load.
     
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  13. berettaprofessor

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    28.0 grains CFE223, OAL 2.220, Hornady 52 grain ELD is a one-holer for me.
     
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  14. TBL65

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    Same! I just loaded my first 223 loads ever using H335. 23gr-25gr at 2.250”

    Will try shorting OAL after initial testing
     
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  15. Charlie98

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    I don't think I've ever used anything other than H335 in 25 years. I don't know if it's the 'best' powder, but it works fine for generic ammos, and would probably produce good results when tuned for an accuracy load with something like a 69grn SMK, etc, which I'm going to try once I get through load development for my .45-70.
     
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  16. Blue68f100

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    For general plinking I use CZFE223 or TAC. TAC has become my go to powder for the lighter pills, <60 gr. Does work good for the heavier pills too, but I get better accuracy out of Varget. I use LC brass for general shooting and Lapua for all my match loads.
     
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  17. LiveLife

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    Another vote for H335 from me. I stocked up large containers of it for retirement as my primary range practice load. :D:thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:
     
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  18. armoredman

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    Latest fun has been 20.5 grains of Reloder 7 with a generic 55gr FMJBT with Fed 205 primers at 2.24 COAL. Seems to do well.
     
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  19. Keyfer 55

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    I've been looking for Accurate, Western products the LGS around this aera doesn't
    carry them, I can get Allaint,Win,Hodgdon, Imr.
     
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  20. ArchAngelCD

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    I'm fairly sure back in the day the 7.62 NATO was loaded with WC846/BL-C (2) and the 5.56 NATO was loaded with WC844/H335. IMO that still works today.
     
  21. NWGooser

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    24.1 gr Varget
    55 gr fmj
    WSR primers

    Seems to be a consistent round for a day at the range. We use it in several different AR frames, Bushmaster 16” carbine, Sig 16” carbine, Bushmaster 20” rifle. Everybody seems to think Varget is expensive for plinking but, at only 24.1 gr you get nearly 300 rounds from a 1 pound jug. The cost is worth it to me for the year round consistent performance.
     
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  22. Demi-human

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    16 inch, 1/14
    2.220 COAL
    Starline
    WLR
    No crimp
    39 grns H110
    250 grn Speer Deep Curl
    2100fps

    ;)
     
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  23. Toprudder

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    The biggest accuracy improvement with my AR was when I replaced the stock trigger. Then I could start telling a difference with my loads. Some of the best accuracy I have gotten is with 55sp bullets. I’ve had good luck with 8208xbr powder. No crimp.
     
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  24. Bfh_auto

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    Does that 25gr stick out the end of the barrel?

    I guess he didn't specify and we took it for granted it was a 223.
     
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  25. Demi-human

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    Not quite, but it pops a soda bottle much better than a fifty five grain!:D

    We know what Keyfer means, just having fun.:)

    To that,

    Federal brass
    50 grn V-Max
    2.255 Coal
    23.5 grns TAC
    CCI 400
    2600Fps 16 inch 1/7


    Lapua brass - 1.755 .016 short, Annealed
    75 grn Hornady BTHP
    1.916 CBTO no crimp
    25.82 grns CFE 223
    CCI 450
    3100 fps 30 inch 1/7
     
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