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Old February 23, 2012, 09:16 AM   #1
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Hodgdon CFE 223

I know this is really new as far as powder goes.

http://www.hodgdon.com/new_prod.html

Anybody have a chance to use it yet?
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Old February 24, 2012, 12:13 PM   #2
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Wow, nobody has tried it. I guess I'll be the first one then, well after my H335 and BLC2 run out. Which is another 500+ loads I guess.
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Old February 24, 2012, 12:24 PM   #3
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Well, you shouldn't be the only one to take one for the team. I'm going to a gun shop this afternoon and if they have it in stock, I'll buy some also. I've been working on building some precision rounds for my Sport and I'll give it a go on a few and see how it works.
It'll be a week or so before I get a chance to shoot it if God is willing and the creek don't rise(also if the lgs has it)and I'll report back as to how it goes.
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Old February 24, 2012, 01:43 PM   #4
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Used close to half can, very good in my AR using sierra 52gr match, plan on buying more.
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Old February 24, 2012, 03:58 PM   #5
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Old February 25, 2012, 12:32 AM   #6
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1hobie - looks like Wingman beat us to it.

Wingman - Well from reading the other thread, it seems like you like it a lot.

I was looking for a can locally, but not available in my area yet. I don't like paying the hazardous cargo charge on a 1lb can. It only pays off if I buy the 8lb can but was not sure about the new powder yet.

How does it compare to H335 or BLC2?
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Old February 25, 2012, 01:11 AM   #7
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I bought a can of CFE223 at the last gun show and loaded up 5 each, 5 different charges with two types of bullets (55gr V-Max and 52gr A-Max), 50 rounds total, of .223. Plan to have some fun trying it out here when the range opens in a few weeks. I’m hoping that the 52 grain A-Max bullets give me good results. They do using IMR3031 powder.
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Old February 25, 2012, 09:37 AM   #8
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Wingman - Well from reading the other thread, it seems like you like it a lot.

I was looking for a can locally, but not available in my area yet. I don't like paying the hazardous cargo charge on a 1lb can. It only pays off if I buy the 8lb can but was not sure about the new powder yet.

How does it compare to H335 or BLC2?

According to burn rate it's similar to BLC2,I don't have the equipment to give you velocity however since I target shoot only I'm concerned with accuracy and the CFE seems excellent, using a Stag Model 3 chrome bore 1/9 twist normal groups of .750-1.0 @100 yards but with the CFE had a couple groups under 1/2 inch, perhaps just a fluke but will know for sure after a couple pounds, at any rate I do like this powder. Cleaning issue has improved. I want to test more in my Model 12 also but have not had time to work up loads. I purchased my can along with other powder from Powder valley could not find it local, wish I had added a couple more cans to order.
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Old February 25, 2012, 12:31 PM   #9
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Thanks Wingman. I've had good luck with the BLC2 and 55 gr V-max. Will give this CFE a try when I can get an order in.
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Old February 25, 2012, 12:41 PM   #10
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This is kind of like the Alliant Power Pro 300MP saga. I read about it, and even looked at load data long before I could find any. I guess powders don't always get released to the public before the hype about them does. Oh well, I finally found some, and it was worth the wait. Not really economical, but a very powerful, fun shooting product. Alliant's answer to 296, it would seem.
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