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Old May 27, 2011, 05:32 PM   #1
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best powder for .223

looking for a good clean burning, accurate powder, for the .223 in my AR-15. thanks for the input
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Old May 27, 2011, 05:39 PM   #2
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http://data.hodgdon.com/main_menu.asp

That will vary based on the weight of the bullets you use.

Good bets are:

H-335
Varget
AA 2230 (guess why it has that name)
AA 2230-C, Bulk powder that loads using AA 2460 data

http://data.hodgdon.com/main_menu.asp
http://www.accuratepowder.com/wp-con...d_data_3.5.pdf
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Old May 27, 2011, 05:45 PM   #3
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My experience is limited, just H335, BLC-2, RE15 and TAC. Out of those it's Ramshot TAC hands down for both clean and accurate, plus I'd add economical as well.
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Old May 27, 2011, 05:47 PM   #4
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I am still a newb but I did 50 rounds this past weekend. 55 FMJ w/ 25 gr of Varget and I was able to hit clays at 100 yards with a red dot scope out of my ar-15. And heres the amazing part. The brass didnt expand to the point of needing to be trimmed again.
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Old May 27, 2011, 05:50 PM   #5
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Ramshot TAC is all I've used and never felt the need for anything different. I load 50 and 55 gr bullets.
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Old May 27, 2011, 06:42 PM   #6
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I'm completely new to 223 as well (although thousands of other calibers) and I can say that 335 is quite clean with very little carbon buildup after 700 rounds. If only my handgun powder was that clean.
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Old May 27, 2011, 06:45 PM   #7
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Much to my surprise, my 223 likes AA2230 the best. I also tried Varget, 4064, and H335. The AA2230 is behind a 65 gr Sierra GK. Cases are Nosler.
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Old May 27, 2011, 11:49 PM   #8
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Another +1 for AA2230
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Old May 27, 2011, 11:54 PM   #9
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I have only used H335 so far. I will be watching this thread.
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Old May 28, 2011, 03:30 AM   #10
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After trying a few, I've settled on H335 for my Saiga .223. Clean and consistent.
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Old May 28, 2011, 09:45 AM   #11
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Hey Jhansman....

Shouldn't your signature say....

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Old May 28, 2011, 11:35 AM   #12
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I have always had very good results using IMR3031 on bullets ranging from 40 to 55 grain. The best load to date is 22.5 grains of 3031 under 53 grain Hornady A-Max bullets.

I’ve never tried any bullets over 55 grain, my rifle has a 1:12 twist so I doubt the heavier bullets would work well.
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Old May 28, 2011, 12:38 PM   #13
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Another vote for TAC, especially in my plinking loads. It's clean, versatile, and meters well too. For smaller volume accuracy loads I like Varget.
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Old May 28, 2011, 12:41 PM   #14
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RL-15 all the way. Tried them all.H-335,Varget,ect ect. Each gun will have one it likes best. I know it's costly to try them all,,but....Try find some friends that have different powders(from list above) and see if you can get like 150 gns of each.Load up some of each powder and see what happens Do not adjust scope for tests,you are just looking for group size to start to find best powder.
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Old May 28, 2011, 01:06 PM   #15
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I've tried H335 and Varget. H335 printed a little tighter in my rifles with 40gr. varmit bullets and 55gr. FMJ.

I have 'heard' that Varget is better with heavier bullets, H335 with lighter ones. If I try another powder, I'll try TAC.
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Old May 28, 2011, 02:14 PM   #16
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Old May 28, 2011, 02:42 PM   #17
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Been using H335 and AA2230 since about 1975. Tried others but these are my mainstay. The newer TAC seems to be gaining favor as well and I have some to try.
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Old May 28, 2011, 03:31 PM   #18
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For heavy bullets I usually wind up with Varget or 748. For light bullets, though not the greatest velocity producer, either IMR or H 4198 produce cloverleaf accuracy, and since the charges run in the low 20's of grains, they are economical. For a little better velocity with light bullets, Reloader 10X is another good choice, but you lose the economy.
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Old May 28, 2011, 05:03 PM   #19
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I have always had very good results using IMR3031 on bullets ranging from 40 to 55 grain.
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So have i. In the late 60s i worked up loads using all the recommended .223 powders then available. Settled on IMR 3031 and have never looked back.
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Old May 28, 2011, 08:39 PM   #20
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50-55 grains, H 335 hands down for accuracy. At least in bolt guns, cant testify for AR platform.
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Old May 28, 2011, 09:44 PM   #21
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My 14" T/C Contender thinks there's something magical about 26.5grs of WW748. Got the load from a guy who loaded it for a rifle and I passed it on to a guy who had great results with it in another bolt gun. I'm looking forward to trying H335 next time I need to load this round.
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Old May 29, 2011, 12:54 AM   #22
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IMR-4895, W748, Ramshot Tac, are all clean burning powders in my opinion. I mostly just use Tac in my .223 now.
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Old May 30, 2011, 12:37 AM   #23
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Hey Jhansman....

Shouldn't your signature say....

Blessed is the man who has A WIFE WHO HAS nothing to say, and cannot be compelled to say it.
Uhh, sure, but I'd never say that.
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Old May 30, 2011, 08:11 AM   #24
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I like 24.5 grains of Ramshot TAC with a 55 gr FMJBT round. It works well.
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Old May 30, 2011, 08:37 AM   #25
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I have had good results using Winchester 748.
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