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Old January 12, 2012, 02:40 PM   #1
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I need a clean powder that meters well 55gr bullets
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Old January 12, 2012, 03:16 PM   #2
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Old January 12, 2012, 04:29 PM   #3
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H335 or Varget
AA 2460, or 2230

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Old January 12, 2012, 04:42 PM   #4
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H-335 works quite well, and meters well in most powder measures. I use it exclusively for 55 grain bullets. I worked up to Nostler's recomended accuracy load of 25.0 grains. I use whichever SR, or SR magnum primer I can get. It shoots more acurately than most people are capable of shooting.
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Old January 12, 2012, 05:17 PM   #5
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Hodgdon's new CFE 223 is reported to be one of the cleanest and most accurate powders ever made for the .223!

I have never tried, nor even seen, any as of today. BUT, I have been reading up on it and it is reported to have a metal binding chemical that keeps copper and carbon from bonding to the steel of the rifle barrel.

Who knows for sure?

I am going to try it if I can ever find any.

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Old January 12, 2012, 07:39 PM   #6
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For me it's H-335 or the pull down version WC-844.
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Old January 12, 2012, 07:53 PM   #7
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I like Ramshot TAC but, the price has gone up on it and many have it selling for the same as Varget or Benchmark. When it was $108 for 8lbs it was the go to powder for me. Farley clean burning, good velocity and great accuracy.

I still use it as I bought a bunch but, if Varget is within a few bucks of the price I would buy it instead.
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Old January 12, 2012, 08:12 PM   #8
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I've been using H335 since 1975. Tried others and keep coming back. Gives me the best results with Hornady 55 JSP bullets or their FMJ. I'm going to try the new CFE 223 one of these days.
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Old January 12, 2012, 09:31 PM   #9
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I recently got started on .223 and find W748 and RE-10X work great. 10X is more economical than 748 , needing only around 21 grs. vs. 26 for 748 for about the same velocity with 55 gr. FMJBT bullets. That's ~270 rounds a pound for 748, ~330 for 10X. Big difference. On the other hand, the 748 does meter better than the REs, being spherical rather than stick. But that "crunchiness" when measuring doesn't affect anything, even if it is esthetically irritating.

The only way to buy powder economically these days is in 5 lb. jugs, which are virtually impossible to find at local gun shops.

But, Powder Valley has the 5 pounders at great prices, ditto on primers. If you order a few 5 pounders of powder and a few thousand primers, even with the hazmat fee and shipping you will save gobs over the LGS. Check it out. I just got 5 lbs. RE-7 (going to give it a try, I think RE-15 is probably too slow for 55 gr.), 5 lbs. 10X, and 3000 CCI SRP for $293.25, shipped. That would have cost, at the cheapest LGS I can find, $351.85 plus $29 tax or ~$380. Big difference there too.
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Old January 12, 2012, 10:39 PM   #10
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Varget. I hear some say metering problems but I haven't had problems other than Varget being addictive!
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Old January 13, 2012, 08:02 AM   #11
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I use Benchmark /or H335 once in a while both meter good
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Old January 13, 2012, 08:14 AM   #12
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H-322 has proven to be the most accurate for me. Another good one, especially for the lighter bullets is IMR-4198.
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Old January 13, 2012, 04:13 PM   #13
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Ok, I am using IMR 4198 with Berry's 55gr bullets and they seem to be doing great. I am looking at getting H335 because it does meter well according to so many people. I am wondering how it measures up to IMR 4198. Anyone have Velocities or Pressures, etc? Thanks

Don't want to hijack your thread just seems like a good thread to get more info on this subject since so many people are recommending H335.
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Old January 13, 2012, 04:16 PM   #14
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I have used IMR4198 for years in 222 and 223Remington
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Old January 13, 2012, 04:20 PM   #15
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Wow, no one has mentions BLC2. I also use H335. The BLC2 meters better. Probably about the same as far as clean goes.
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Old January 13, 2012, 07:29 PM   #16
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H335 is my preferred powder. Meters like water. Remember this powder was developed specifically for the 223 round.
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Old January 13, 2012, 10:13 PM   #17
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Wow, no one has mentions BLC2. I also use H335.
I tried BLC2 but it wasn't as accurate as H-335. I'm going to load some 62 grain bullets I just got so I will probably try some with those so I can use my pound up and see how it works there.
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Old January 13, 2012, 10:19 PM   #18
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Nobody much mentions AA2230, but that's the powder that has worked out best for 65 grain bullets in my 223. I tried Varget, 4064, and H335 and they didn't shoot as well as AA2230. Of course that's just my rifle, but you might want to give it a try, since it was developed for 60ish grain bullets in 223.
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Old January 14, 2012, 12:12 AM   #19
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I have used and liked tac, w748, imr-4895 and currently Im using h335 for some 55gr sierra fmj's Im reloading. This is the first time Ive ever used 335 and its a very accurate and clean burning powder. Definatly use more of this in the future.
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Old January 14, 2012, 10:28 AM   #20
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Old January 14, 2012, 01:13 PM   #21
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I tried BLC2 but it wasn't as accurate as H-335. I'm going to load some 62 grain bullets I just got so I will probably try some with those so I can use my pound up and see how it works there.
My load was for 55 gr Hornady (V-max and FMJ) with 27.4 gr of BLC2. Very accurate in my Rem 700 and both M&P 15 (Sport/OR). Hope the 62 grains work for ya.
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Old January 14, 2012, 07:04 PM   #22
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I have been trying some different powders for 223. IMR 8208 XBR has been the most accurate and clean burning. 748 seems to burn a bit dirty, TAC and 335 seem the same as far as metering, accuracy and cleanliness. YMMV
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Old January 14, 2012, 07:21 PM   #23
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Another vote for Varget. I don't notice any problems with metering with either my Lee or RCBS dump. But then, I dump light, trickle up, and weigh each load.
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Old January 15, 2012, 02:30 AM   #24
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imr 8208 works good also i find it meters better than varget
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Old January 15, 2012, 09:35 AM   #25
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H-335 or IMR 8208 XBR.

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