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 Post subject: reloading 223 55gr fmj
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whats a good powder to use for reloading 223 with 55gr fmj ?? I just loaded 600 rounds and used alliant reloader 10x. shot 90 rounds at caswells and all was good but want to try a new powder...


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whats a good powder to use for reloading 223 with 55gr fmj ?? I just loaded 600 rounds and used alliant reloader 10x. shot 90 rounds at caswells and all was good but want to try a new powder...


Ramshot TAC meters well and performs well with 223.

Can't go wrong with Reloder15 or Varget either.

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2230 is also a great powder for .223. All the others mentioned work great as well.

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All 6 listed so far are very poplular. I've used Varget and love it, but it doesn't meter perfectly. I've also used BL-C(2) and like it.

In addition to those mentioned, there is data for the following:

IMR

4320
4064
4895
3031
4198

Winchester

748

Hodgdon

335 <--- Very popular, supposedly meters very well
4895
322
4198

Accurate

5744
1680
2015
2460
2495
2520 <--- Back of can recommends for heavier bullets though...

Ramshot

X-Terminator

Then there's that V stuff, but it's expensive. :D

Data:

Hodgdon, Winchester, and IMR
Accurate
Ramshot


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 Post subject: Re: reloading 223 55gr fmj
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My favorite load is 26.5 Gr of Varget under a 55Gr Montana Gold FMJ and a Rem 7 1/2 primer. Can't get 26.5 Gr in a Lake City case though so it will only work for commercial cases.

H335 is second best.
I tried some BL(C)2 but for some reason I got velocities all over the chart and accuracy sucked. It metered very well so I don't know what the inconsistencies were.

Always used Remington 7 1/2 primers except with that batch of BLC2 though. Maybe it was the 6 1/2 primers. (Don't you guys drag this tread off topic tellin me how bad it is to use the 6 1/2 primers. I know what you've got to say, and I don't believe you.)

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 Post subject: Re: reloading 223 55gr fmj
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How much H335 do you use with the 55gr?


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 Post subject: Re: reloading 223 55gr fmj
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Um...you loaded up 600 rounds BEFORE you shot any of it? Just as a word of advice, load up a few rounds (maybe 10 or so) and make sure they work right without signs of pressure etc before you go crazy on a big batch like that. There was a guy on here that loaded up 500 rounds of 9mm and for whatever reason they didn't work, he was not so happy about that.

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 Post subject: Re: reloading 223 55gr fmj
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Jeff H wrote:
How much H335 do you use with the 55gr?

i use 25 gr. It clocks 3100fps out of my 16" and reasonably consistent.

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Among the ball powders in a .223 I like H335 and BL(C)-2. 748 was too dirty for my taste the one time I used it. In a stick powder, Varget, RL-15, and H4895 all work well.


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I like AA2230 and W748. Both meter well, consistent and relatively clean and accurate loads. The W748 is more versatile, as I use it for other rifle calibers. The AA2230 I use on 55g (or less) projectiles, there are better suited powders for heavier .223 loads.


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A lot of people seem to think that H4198 doesn't work well in the AR platform, but it works extremely well in my 20" using 20.7 grains under a 55 grain bullet.

The ejection angle says it's neither overgassed nor short stroking.

Oh, and the only reason I tried it was that I got 16 pounds of it for very little money a few years back.

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Flash wrote:
A lot of people seem to think that H4198 doesn't work well in the AR platform, but it works extremely well in my 20" using 20.7 grains under a 55 grain bullet.

H4198 will work fine with a 55g bullet. When you start getting up to the 75 / 77 / 80g bullets the pressure curve drops off too fast to reliably cycle an AR. The same applies with AA2230. I could get it to shoot 69s in nice tight little knots all day but on the long line with 80s the rifle would short stroke every round.


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OgenRwot wrote:
Um...you loaded up 600 rounds BEFORE you shot any of it? Just as a word of advice, load up a few rounds (maybe 10 or so) and make sure they work right without signs of pressure etc before you go crazy on a big batch like that. There was a guy on here that loaded up 500 rounds of 9mm and for whatever reason they didn't work, he was not so happy about that.


no i took my first 90 to caswells to check them out .....


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Edit: Meant as a PM, and I'd already asked the same question already. [smilie=icon_redface.gif]


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25g of H335 should be a good load for the 55.


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