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Old January 21, 2006, 09:40 PM   #1
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just got a 223

I was wanting to know if any of you fellas have a Rem 700PSS in 223 and what hand loads work best for your rifle. I'm probably going to shoot a 55 grain bullet most of the time and would like to hear some of your recomindations on some hand loads.
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Old January 22, 2006, 12:18 AM   #2
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I've had great luck using 52-grain Sierra BTHP MatchKings with 20.5 grains of IMR-4198 in a Remington 700VS. It also works well in my AR-15. I use Winchester factory brass, which has a greater case capacity than surplus stuff.

I've been using Hodgdon's Varget for bullets weighing 55 to 64 grains in 1-9" twist rifles. You can find data for it at www.hodgdon.com

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Old January 22, 2006, 11:50 AM   #3
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I have a .223 VS which doesn't have the same twist rate of your PSS. Nobody's loads are going to work in your rifle as well as loads that you work up yourself for your rifle.
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Old January 22, 2006, 12:24 PM   #4
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In my Remington VLS I use 26 GR. w748, Hornady 50 gr V-Max and a CCI 400 primer for a velocity of 3400 fps. Very accurate and any woodchuck that I hit with this load is DRT and you can here the bullet smack when it hits.
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Old January 22, 2006, 12:45 PM   #5
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"I have a .223 VS which doesn't have the same twist rate of your PSS. Nobody's loads are going to work in your rifle as well as loads that you work up yourself for your rifle"

There are no shortcuts! You HAVE to work up your own loads for your rifle. Two rifles made side by side will not work the same with any given load.

That said, H-335 works well for me in my AR-15 AND my TC contender 16"
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Old January 22, 2006, 01:51 PM   #6
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I like Blc-2 with 55gr bullets in my AR & Savage Tach both shoot under 1" with Sierra 55gr hp.
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Old January 22, 2006, 03:58 PM   #7
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Bullets around 55 grains are generic and will work well in almost any .223.....
To determing what bulllets work best, you will need to know the twist in your rifle.
My VS .223 has a 1:14 twist, and I've had the best luck at 150- 200 yards with 45 grain bullets. YMMV.
The first load I tried using H4198 and 45 grain spires shot tiny one hole groups at 100 yards. Yes, I was happy.
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Old January 22, 2006, 05:30 PM   #8
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Rem factory VS is 1-12 twist rifling, whereas the Rem factory 22-250 and 220 Swift are 1-14 twist rifling.

Varget in a WW case will give you excellent results.
RP 7.5 primers work well.
Follow the Hodgdon web site for working up loads!
Stay away from Federal 223 brass, others offer much better case life!

The 50 gr Vmax, 40/50/55gr NBT, and the 69 OTM offerings all ought to be great bullets!

Load to magazine length, or roughly 2.26" COAL.

I whole heartedly agree, there are no short cuts! Do you your own leg work!
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Old January 22, 2006, 08:37 PM   #9
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223 load

Im shooting a 55gr. Hornady V-max and I have 1/2 inch groups at a 100 yds. Also works well on Groundhogs. Have taken them beyond 270 yards. Thats out of a 24 inch bull barrel in a Savage 10FP. It works well.

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Old January 22, 2006, 08:39 PM   #10
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223 load

Im shooting a 55gr. Hornady V-max and I have 1/2 inch groups at a 100 yds. Also works well on Groundhogs. Have taken them beyond 270 yards. Thats out of a 24 inch bull barrel in a Savage 10FP. It works well.

Forgot the powder. Im using 25 grains of IMR 4064.

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Old January 22, 2006, 11:48 PM   #11
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I have used Olin 748 for years in my 223 and 222. I use the Hornady 55 grain SP and get very good accuracy in my 222 at 200 yards from a rest.I have gotten 1/2" groups. The bullet shoots well in my Mini 14. Byron
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Old January 24, 2006, 10:29 AM   #12
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No bullet has shot better then "Sierra" in my rifle. I like #1390 55gr HPBT for all my varmint shooting! But I just started using sierra #1455 they feed better.
Powder H335..26gr or W748
OAL...2.250
I can get 3/4in groups all day at a bench! The rifle can shoot better then me.My eyes are not what they used tobe.
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Old January 24, 2006, 11:59 AM   #13
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Have you confirmed the twist

Have you confirmed the twist?

Start a tight patch; being sure the jag is tight on the rod.
Mark the rod with a felt tip to indicate Top Dead Center and a starting point.
Advance the rod until it comes back to Top Dead Center.
Measure the distance traveled from the start mark. That is the rifling twist, one turn in xx inches.
A lot easier than trying to estimate the amount of twist in a foot.
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Old January 24, 2006, 01:51 PM   #14
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The twist on a PSS .223 is 1-in-9.
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Old January 24, 2006, 02:30 PM   #15
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If that's true, you can start with bullets at 62 grains and work up, if need be.
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