.223 reloading question

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    .223 reloading question

    Pretty new reloader here. Looking for powder suggestions for reloading .223. Carbine length barrel and 55g bullets.

    Thanks!
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    Give Ramshot Tac a try.
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    I'm fairly new at reloading myself.

    I use a 55 grain Nosler Ballistic Tip over Hodgdon Benchmark powder. It produces moa accuracy out of my Savage bolt action, but have yet to really sit down and see how my AR does with it.

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    26.0 grains H-335 ( max load in my manual), Hornady 55 grain fmj and sp w/c, 16" AR 15 carbine averages 3015 fps for me. The 20" barrel gives 3190 fps with the same load.

    For reference, factory Federal Eagle 55 grain fmjbt gives the same 16" rifle 3025 fps.

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    I use varget
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    I've had good fortune feeding a Colt AR 15 with powders as fast-burning as IMR 4198 and as slow as IMR 4064. I have the original 1-12 twist barrel so don't use bullets heavier than 60 grains but the rifle seems to like most anything fed it. Sierra match bullets and similar get extra points for accurate groups from the bench rest. Accurate 2230, Win 748, and IMR 3031, and Hodgdon BLC-2 have all produced really good results with 50 grain to 60 grain bullets.

    Some particular favorites:

    Sierra 40 grain (designed for .22 Hornet): 22.0 grains of IMR 4198 for a MV of 3287 fps
    Sierra 40 grain (designed for .22 Hornet): 24.0 grains of IMR 4198 for a MV of 3560 fps (little screamer but sheds velocity quickly at longer ranges)

    Sierra 50 grain spitzer: 21.5 grains of IMR 4198 for a MV of 2946 fps
    Sierra 50 grain spitzer: 26.3 grains of AA2520 for a MV of 3133 fps

    Sierra 52 grain match boat tail hollow point: 24.6 grains of IMR 3031 for a MV of 3065 fps (Nosler 52 grain may be substituted, also gives fine accuracy)

    Sierra 55 grain boat tail spitzer soft point: 24.6 grains of IMR 3031 for a MV of 3047 fps
    Sierra 55 grain boat tail spitzer soft point: 26.3 grains of Win748 for a MV of 3043 fps
    Sierra 55 grain boat tail spitzer soft point: 21.2 grains of IMR 4198 for a MV of 3061 fps

    A minimum charge load that still fully functions the rifle.
    Sierra 55 grain boat tail spitzer soft point: 19.0 grains of IMR 4198 for a MV of 2737 fps

    All loads above exhibited less than 50 feet-per-second extreme variation for 10 shots tested over the chronograph. There are more loads in my notes where these came from but these seemed to be the "stars of the show" with regards to my rifle.

    Bulk pack 55 grain FMJ spitzers may be substituted safely in my rifle when using any of these loads based on personal determination after working up charge weights. Makes for economical shooting though is less accurate from the bench rest. Still exhibits suitable accuracy for high-power competition for courses only extending to 300 yards and that use reduction targets to simulate 600 yard shooting. I used Winchester FMJ Spitzers in 1000 ct. boxes such are are commonly available at large gun shows.

    Rifle used: Colt SP-1 AR 15 with 20-inch barrel.
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    Win 748 Ball is a great powder to bulk load .223 with as it flows well through the powder thrower. It is also good for 30-30, .308 etc

    Use magnum primers for all ball powders and no reduced loads, they (Ball powders) like full cases.

    IMR 4895 is also a good .223 powder but it does not flow as well for my Dillon loader but if you are going to load on a single stage loader it will work great as well. 4895 is also a good powder for .308 and 30-06 ball replication loads for your .30 cal battle rifles. This is important do to the fact that at some point you will out grow the rat killer and want a real rifle!

    Just kidding. I load for all 3 rifles (223, 308, 30-06) in semi auto, and these two powders do well for me to generate good ammo for all 3.

    Good luck

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    Second on the IMR 4895 and Varget. I use the Varget in my .308 and .243 and the IMR in my .223.

    I think the Varget is a bit cleaner(I could be wrong but that is my perception) but I get the 4895 from a local supplier for $15.00/lb.

    Both have the same results from my Lee Perfect Powder measure. Not the most consistent but I trickle up to my charge for the precision rounds and don't worry about slight difference in my .223 for plinking.
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    I use a 55 grain Nosler Ballistic Tip over Hodgdon Benchmark powder. It produces moa accuracy out of my Savage bolt action, but have yet to really sit down and see how my AR does with it.

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    H-335. It has produced good results in all loads I have tried.
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    24.5gr TAC with a 55gr FMJ is a great load.
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    Varget and H335 work well. Varget is clean
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    I belive H-335 was actually created for use in the 5.56 for the military. But there are many newer powders out which are just as good, including the new ones that claim to burn cleaner. Personnally I use what I can in use in other cartridges too, like 748.

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    H335 is close to the military version called WC844 for the 5.56 NATO. BLC(2) is close to the military version called WC846 for the 7.62 NATO.

    The commercial versions are different than the military versions. They vary in flash retardant and burn rate. Commercial data can be used, but military lots will not be as consistent as commercial powder and corresponding data.
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    H335 and Varget are good choices. I use Varget for anything 60/62g and over and H335 for 55/60g.
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