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Old March 22, 2005, 06:52 PM   #1
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Loading .223 down to Hornet velocities

If any of you have cooked up some loads for the .223 Remington that will push a 45 or 50 grain bullet about 2700 FPS from a 22 inch barrel, I'd like to try them out. I just finished loading 14 grains of 2400 behind a Hornady 45 grain Hornet bullet, but haven't tried them yet. (Hell, the rifle isn't here yet....how dumb am I, loading for a gun that won't come in for a week...

I'm also going to try IMR 4198. I want the best accuracy I can get without pushing the slug faster than 2700 FPS.
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Old March 22, 2005, 09:35 PM   #2
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I'm just curious, but why would you want to push that bullet so slow?
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Old March 23, 2005, 12:48 AM   #3
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I'm just curious, but why would you want to push that bullet so slow?
I'm gonna shoot a turkey. The .22 Hornet is a wonderful round to do this. It will make a nice, .22 caliber hole in the bird without ruining any meat. Shoot that bird with a .223 factory round, and you will get a puff of feathers, surrounded by a pink mist.

I have ordered a CZ 527 American in .223 Remington. I could have ordered the same gun in .22 Hornet, and had the perfect turkey rifle. But, I'm greedy. I ordered the .223, which lets me handload from turkey velocities up to smacking prairie dogs at imaginary ranges.... !
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Old March 23, 2005, 12:32 PM   #4
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I see. I think a more imporant part would be the bullet you choose, and not so much the velocity. Maybe a deer bullet like a 64gr. power point, of a 65gr. gameking from sierra. They woulnd't explode.
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Old March 23, 2005, 11:40 PM   #5
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I load a 223, 55 grain FMJ, with 9.0 grains of Blue Dot for a velocity of 2255 fps out of my 10" contender. With your longer barrel I figure you would get pretty near the velocity your aiming for. It makes a very nice Hornet like load without the muzzle blast of full power 223.
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Old March 24, 2005, 07:57 AM   #6
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Thanks, Ranger61....I'll grab a can of Blue Dot today. That sounds like what I'm looking for.
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Old March 24, 2005, 10:39 AM   #7
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.223 Remmington down to Hornet velocity

I have a Ruger MK-II Ultra-Lite in .223 with a pencil thin barrel.
If I shoot 3,000 to 3,200 fps loads it groups 3 1/2 inches, because of it's pencil thin barrel. 22 Hornet velocity is about 2600fps. Try these 2 loads:
55 grain bullet...21.5 grains of Winchester 748 [Est. 2600fps.]
60 grain bullet...25.0 grains of Winchester 748.

In my Ultra-Lite you can cover the group with a dime at 100 yards.

I have two [est. 1850 fps loads] for 25 yards.
223...55 grain PSP 5.6 gr of UNIQUE
Hornet...45 or 55 grain PSP 4.1 grains of UNIQUE

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Old March 25, 2005, 08:28 PM   #8
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Thanks Madison, I will certainly give those I try. I've never loaded Winchester 748, so I'm anxious to try it out. I believe I'll load ten rounds each of the loads suggested and go see if my rifle has a preference.

It'll be a bunch of fun, and I really appreciate the input.
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