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Old September 28, 2002, 10:11 AM   #1
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Is there a "one powder fits all" for the .223?

Just wondering if anyone uses just one make/type of powder that works well with all weights of .223cal bullets for an AR-15. Is Reloader 10 one of these?
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Old September 28, 2002, 11:23 AM   #2
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If you are talking the full range of bullet weights, from 35 grains to 80 grains, no there isn't.
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Old September 28, 2002, 02:25 PM   #3
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I don't know about the lighter bullets, but Reloder 15 seems good for 55gr to 80gr (in my 1:8" twist, 20" barrel).

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Old September 28, 2002, 04:31 PM   #4
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For 55gr to 69gr bullets in a 1 in 9", 11.5" barrelled Car-15, W748 or H-BLC2 works for me.I prefer the H-BLC2.HTH. Skullboy.
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Old September 28, 2002, 05:28 PM   #5
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I just picked up some Hodgdon H322 to try out. http://www.hodgdon.com has loads for it for bullets from 40gr to 80 gr.

My AR (1:8 barrel) can handle bullets 52gr to 80gr, any lighter and I get some "vanishing" bullets. Maybe they spin themselves apart.

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Old September 28, 2002, 05:52 PM   #6
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I've used WW748, RE15, and Varget for loads with bullet weights from 52 grain to 69 grain. All were good loads for accuracy, Varget probably best with the Sierra 52 and 69 grain HPBT match bullets.
If I'm cranking out plinking ammo with inexpensive 55 grain FMJ WW 748 gets the nod as it's so easy to meter. These plinking loads will do 3/4 inch groups at 100 yards from the bench with my Bushy V-Match Carbine without a lot of effort on my part.
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Old September 28, 2002, 06:07 PM   #7
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Like W741.

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Old September 28, 2002, 06:09 PM   #8
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Couple come to mind.

WW748, and H335 get my nod as an all-around powder for the .223 Remington. At least, for my 1-9" twist Colt HBAR, from 52 grain bullets up to the 68 grain versions.
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Old September 28, 2002, 06:44 PM   #9
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Thanks for the responses, guys!
I should have mentioned that my AR is a Bushmaster 20" HBAR with 1:9 twist.
It looks like Win748 is the closest to a "general service" powder that I have "in stock"....I've printed the recommendations, and will try some of the other powders out.
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Old September 28, 2002, 07:54 PM   #10
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I've been having good luck with surplus WC846 which loads like BL-C2 for the 40 - 69 gr bullets. For the really heavy bullets I use Varget.

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Old September 30, 2002, 05:01 AM   #11
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Actually, Accurate Arms 2230 or 2230C are as close to a "one size fits all" that I've found for the .223. Check their website. It can be used from 35 grains up to the heavy ones. I've only shot mid range weight bullets with 2230, but the accuracy has been good. It also seems the muzzle flash is milder with that powder than with factory loadings.

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Old September 30, 2002, 08:46 AM   #12
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You will get some very good accuracy from RL-15, Varget, N135 and N140 with heaier bullets.
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Old September 30, 2002, 10:34 AM   #13
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Is there a "one powder fits all" for the .223?

My Ruger 77-MK-II has a 1-12 twist.
I use Winchester 748.
55 grain:
26.5 grains
21.5 grains
60 grain
25.0 grains
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Old October 2, 2002, 10:41 PM   #14
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Like AA2200 myself as do some at GT and AR15.com.
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Old October 4, 2002, 02:51 PM   #15
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I like H-335 best, with AAC# 2230 second. They work for me.
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Old October 5, 2002, 12:03 AM   #16
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Is there a "one powder fits all" for the .223?

I don't know if there one powder for all 223's.
Here are several Winchester 748 loads I use in two bolt action Rugers we have.
55 Grain bullet:
26.5 grains
21.5 grains in my Ultra-Lite
60 grain bullet
25.0 grains
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Old October 9, 2002, 07:26 AM   #17
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I use 4198 for light bullets, and H335 for heavy bullets.
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Old October 10, 2002, 10:34 PM   #18
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BL/C2 Seems to be about the most adaptable powder for .223, but I also like H4198, for economy. - I know economy with a .223 should be a mute point, but when you reload 3000 or more rounds a year, you can save about 1/2 pound and the accuracy is great!
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Old October 11, 2002, 06:54 AM   #19
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Actually, with that twist, you prolly shouldn't shoot anything under 55 grains.
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Old October 11, 2002, 05:53 PM   #20
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My Ruger M77 MkII V/T is very fond of Varget and the 52 gr Speer bullet.
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