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Old July 19, 2005, 11:26 AM   #1
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80 grain SMK in .223

I am having a .223 Remington built to shoot the 80 grain SMK. It is a Rem 700 bolt action w/ a 26" barrel. Does anyone have any pet loads for the 80 gr SMK? Any load data for this bullet would be appreciated!
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Old July 19, 2005, 02:24 PM   #2
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Hanged if I know, I have completely jumped over the 80 grain and yesterday ordered a 6.5" twist barrel for the 90 grain MK. The guy who got me hooked on this stuff loads the 80 grain with a rather top load of Varget.
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Old July 19, 2005, 05:13 PM   #3
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Sierra is very good about answering questions for anyone, even if it's not about their bullets. You might give them a call or email.

ph: 800-223-8799
email: sierra@sierrabullets.com

The following is from the Hodgon website (http://www.hodgdon.com/data/rifle/223rem.php):

80 GR. SIE MK
COL: 2.550"
VARGET 25.0 2869 51,500 CUP
BL-C(2) 25.5 2768 49,400 CUP
H335 22.5 2744 50,000 CUP
H4895 24.0 2825 50,000 CUP
H322 22.0 2744 49,000 CUP
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Old July 21, 2005, 12:32 AM   #4
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Using a bench rest primer Fed/CCI/Rem and 24.4 grs of R-15 might work pretty well. As always, reduce 10% and work up. This load is a tack driver in my 6 1/2-1 AR "service rifle" which is shot at 600 yards with iron sights.

Reloader 15 burns cleaner than Varget ever thought of. Not that I'm into "clean" burning powders. Another powder to try would be IMR 4895.
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