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Old April 29, 2013, 07:53 AM   #1
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Which powders best?

Wondering which powders do you guys recommend for reloading AR-15? I'm looking at 50-55 gr.
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Old April 29, 2013, 08:38 AM   #2
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I was fairly happy with some RL-15 behind 77gr Custom Competitions.
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Old April 29, 2013, 08:55 AM   #3
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335 is an excellent powder for light weight 223s. 748 is good as is Ball-c.

The most accurate load I see (the one the army uses to test its Mann accuracy device is 25 gr of 3031,pushing a 52 gr SMK, but it doesn't meter well.

As mentioned for heavier gr 77-80 grs R-15 works great but the OP mentioned 50-55 gr.

Best bet is to try several different powders and see what your gun likes.
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Old April 29, 2013, 09:01 AM   #4
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By the way Swamp, what's your twist rate? I feel like with my 1:7 I can take the wing off a fly with 77gr, but 55gr factory, I can only make it lift off and fly away.
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Old April 29, 2013, 09:27 AM   #5
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I use IMR 4895 with 53 g V-max.
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Old April 29, 2013, 10:43 AM   #6
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Ramshot X-terminator - (16" carbine barrel loves it)
CFE223 - meters very accurately on a progressive press.
Varget - doesn't meter well on my progressive.

I have used all of these loading 55 gr v-max and Nosler BT. I like working with CFE223 best, but probably get a little better preformance from the X-terminator. All shoot very well from a accurized 24" colt barrel. Sorry I can't remember rate of twist for either barrel.

Good luck finding any of them on the LGS shelves.
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Old April 29, 2013, 10:48 AM   #7
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Which powders best?

I've used CFE223, H4895, Varget, and H335. Of all of those, CFE223 has been the best performer, almost tied with 335. CFE223 meters out perfectly, which sometimes is half the battle.
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Old April 29, 2013, 02:18 PM   #8
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I use 27.6 gr of BLC-2 behind a Hornady 55gr SP/C. Very accurate our of my bolt with 1:9 twist.
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Old April 29, 2013, 08:14 PM   #9
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H335, TAC, BLC-2, 8208XBR & AR Comp. My AR rifles are 1-9 twist, I shoot 55 thru 77 gr bullets. These powders work well for me.
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Old April 30, 2013, 12:25 AM   #10
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H335, W748, Tac, All are fine powders.
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Old April 30, 2013, 04:25 AM   #11
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CFE223, TAC and Benchmark come to mind for me.
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Old May 1, 2013, 07:38 AM   #12
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By the way Swamp, what's your twist rate? I feel like with my 1:7 I can take the wing off a fly with 77gr, but 55gr factory, I can only make it lift off and fly away.
The one I'm looking to pick up(Colt LE6920)has the 1:7 twist.
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Old May 6, 2013, 09:45 PM   #13
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At least in my 1:7 twist, 20" barrel, H335 under HNDY 55 gr FMJBT will shoot 3/4 MOA at 100 yards. This combination DOESNT work so well in my 1:8 twist Wylde chambered 22" match upper. Another accurate combo in my 1:7 is 60 gr Vmax's with 24 gr H335. Not a hot load, but will shoot sub 3/4 MOA out of that upper...

335, BLC-2 (62 gr and up), VV N135, I4895, I8208 XBR, TAC, and Varget (again heavier side of things) will all work. You have to work up loads for each and let your rifle decide.

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