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Powder for 223 loads 55 grain bullet







oly29

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So I have used Accurate 2230 and now am using Hodgdon 335. Both are ball powder and have not had any problems with either one. The 2230 I run 24.0 grains with a 55 grain and 24.5 with the 335 with the same bullet.
What other powder have you used for 223? The reason I ask is I am one third the way thru the 335 and would like to get another 8 pounds. Just looking but will not buy until this crisis is over which I hope is sometime at the end of the year or at least the prices come back to normal. Normally it runs a little more than 20.00 a pound for either one of the above powders.
 

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Varget has been my choice in the past when loading .223
 

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I have some old H335 I use for my range stuff. When the H335 is out I'll just stick with cfe223. The most of my bulk loading is done with cfe223. I load as close to max as I can while trying to keep the round accurate. I test outta a 10.3in using a cyclops 1x, and when I get a load that is under 4moa at a 100y that's what I'll stick with. And the same ammo I make will be under 2moa outta my 16in. I load match stuff with varget and can get under 1moa outta the 16in ar15, and .5moa outta my 18in 308 tikka.

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24.6 g of Tac has been my favorite load so far also burns cleaner than my last load of 25.5g of Win 748 with a 55g projo
 

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REL 7 for 55 gr bullets, alternate H335
Varget for 77 gr bullets, alternate Viht N140
WC 844 for 62 gr M855 bullets, alternate H335
 
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I've been using Ramshot TAC for years, tens of thousands of rounds fired with no issues, see no reason to ever change.
 

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25gr H335 is a pretty standard load. Should get you 3k ish fps out of a 16” barrel.

Disclaimer, works for me, ymmv.
 
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I use CFE223 by Hodgdon 1. started using it when powder was hard to find 2. has been great.
 

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Accurate 2230 is what I started with, and, well, I've not needed to screw with it. There are myriad good recipes. Unless you are benchresting, I don't see it mattering.
 

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Accurate 2230 is what I started with, and, well, I've not needed to screw with it. There are myriad good recipes. Unless you are benchresting, I don't see it mattering.
I'm sure I'm like you, once you get something to work - that's you're do. don't look around too much. unless you have too.
example - I used WSF for 9mm (during the Obama years), unconventional but, it's turned into a fine load for 9mm and will never go back...
 
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I’ve been using CFE 223 of late for both 223 and 308, no complaints on either, good stuff, makes nice accurate loads, and meters nicely. I don’t know about the copper fouling eraser part, as I clean my Guns pretty religiously, but it does seem to run pretty clean.
 

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I use Varget. Not only is it excellent for .223 but also for .308 and in a pinch I can use it for 6.5. I simplified most of my loading years ago when I went to Varget for Rifle, Titegroup for pistol and H4350 for precision rifle. I’ve also cut down the calibers I use for the same reasons. Simplicity in this sense adds to versatility. Last year I sold all of my off caliber guns, now I just need to break down the handloads for those calibers and recycle.
 

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IMR 3031: 24.7 grains, 3050 FPS
What's the case capacity for IMR 3031?

When I was a kid, my dad's friend (a very prolific local shooter) had a recipe for loading 223 that I can't forget. He stood all the cases up in the loading tray inside of a baking tin. He poured 3031 from the keg to fill every case, and then card leveled the tops. He then loaded a 55-gr bullet, compressing the charge. I've never researched to see what they would be. Always meant to, but rarely have any 3031 on hand any more.