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Old August 22, 2012, 12:58 PM   #1
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.223 pet loads, you willing to share?

Im looking to hear from anyone willing to share a pet load or two for .223.

My favorite 2 so far are:
55gr Nosler varmageddon, 23.3 gr of varget LC brass with CCI41 primer
55gr Nosler Varmageddon, 24.5 gr of IMR4064, LC brass with CCI 400 primer
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Old August 22, 2012, 01:39 PM   #2
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55 grain hornady V-max bullet 24 grains of hogdon benchmark in winchester brass and cci 400 primer
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Old August 22, 2012, 02:10 PM   #3
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A few of my favorites, all with Varget powder:

- 55 gr FMJ, 26.3 gr
- 60 gr Nosler BT or 62 gr Barnes TSX, 24.6 gr
- 75 - 77 gr BTHP, 23.0 gr

The 75 gr Hornady or 77 gr Sierra MK loads are extremely accurate.
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Old August 22, 2012, 05:10 PM   #4
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55 grain sp with 27 grains of IMR 4320
55 grain sp with 26 grains of IMR 4895
55 grain sp with 21.5 grains of IMR 4198
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Old August 22, 2012, 05:49 PM   #5
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62 gr Prvi Partisan FMJ-BT over 24.5 gr of H-335, accurate and chrono's at over 2700FPS, which I think is sufficient for a 16 inch barrel.
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Old August 22, 2012, 08:51 PM   #6
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60 gn v-max
25.5 varget
cci br primers
2.29 col.
Very very accurate out of my Savage model 12 FVSS
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Old August 22, 2012, 09:49 PM   #7
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Quote:
55 grain sp with 26 grains of IMR 4895
This is a near max load, so approach and watch for signs of pressure.

Any military brass
26.0 gr. of IMR 4895
Rem 7 1/2 primer (this is a magnum primer)
55 gr. FMJBT loaded to 2.260" OAL

I have tried lots of other powder and combinations, but nothing groups for me like this load. Always under an inch at 100 yards with a variety of bullets.
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Old August 23, 2012, 03:17 PM   #8
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The main load I run in my Bolt Action Savage Mod 12 FSSV

Note the charge is a listed MAX LOAD in the Nostler Manual and should be worked up to. There are a couple of other manuals that list for more on the powder charge. I did work up to those, and accuracy declined greatly after .3 grains over the listed Nostler max. Sierra list to 25.5 grains for a Max.


55 grain Hornady V-Max, or Nosler Ballistic Tip for bullet
25.0 grains of Hodgdon H-335 for powder
CCI Small Rifle primer
Brass is mixed head stamp. Most being Lake City, or Federal. Some Hornady. I have seen no visable differance in accuracy in different cases.
COL is 2.260
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Old August 24, 2012, 08:58 AM   #9
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In order of preference by accuracy. 12:1 twist barrel.

52 grain Hornady A-Max 26.0 grains Hodgdon CFE223 Remington BR primer
52 grain Hornady A-Max 22.5 grains IMR3031 Remington BR primer
55 grain Hornady V-Max. 23.0 grains IMR3031 Remington BR primer
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Old August 24, 2012, 09:13 AM   #10
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For Remington 700 VLS
55 gr Sierra Blitzking
26 grs Varget
Winchester brass
CCI 400 primer

For the AR
Same powder charge
55 FMJ
same primer or CCI 450
any brass that I can lay my hands on. Mostly LC
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Old August 24, 2012, 02:40 PM   #11
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Her are mine:
WW brass, CCI 400, 24.8 of WW748, Sierra 55 grain bthp
LC match prepped brass, RP 7 1/2, 23.8 of H335, Midsouth VNX 55 grain HP
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Old August 24, 2012, 03:20 PM   #12
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33 gr V max Moly 2.17", 15 gr Blue Dot 3535 fps (26" barrel).

This will sustain 100 shots per hour with out Copper fouling or over heating barrel in several rifles and yet maintain sub moa.

Will not cycle an AR15.

It is a good ammo to see how accurate a 223 can be.
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Old August 24, 2012, 03:31 PM   #13
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.223 pet loads

60gr Hornady with 26.5grs of BLC-2. They run sweet in my mini 14
and Armalite AR.
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Old August 24, 2012, 03:32 PM   #14
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Surplus 55 gr FMJ/SP
26.0 gr BLC-2
LC brass
Rem 7-1/2 or Fed 205 SR primer
no crimp

This load is a staple of mine. It wont win matches at 1000 yds but it will do what needs doing. I can hold 3 to 4" with it @ 100 yds (irons) and BLC-2 measures beautifully with my 550B. It achieves 3028 FPS/115 ES/35 SD.

I took it up to 27.5 gr before but it's much more accurate at 26.0 for me. I used surplus BLC-2 also. This load is cheap to assemble and very impressive for surplus bullets. It's not quite as accurate in my older Mini but good enough for general use and certainly minute of rabbit even in a Mini @ 100 from field positions.
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Old August 24, 2012, 10:57 PM   #15
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For an AR...

25 gr H335
LC brass
Hornady bulk 55gr FMJBT
CCI 400 primers

Not concerned with ultimate accuracy with this, but they do fine. "Minute of Man" is the goal, but I've played with ringing 2' steel out to 400 yards. I run these in a 16" carbine with an EoTech and / or open sights
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Old August 25, 2012, 08:46 AM   #16
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Quote:
"Minute of Man"
Shhh! sounds scarey. (minute of rabbit is code talk for head shots)
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Old August 25, 2012, 08:54 AM   #17
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H335 powder - 25 grains
lapua brass, neck resized only
SR BR primers
52 gr Sierra match kings
2.200" AOL for two of my rifles, 2.21" for my encore.

This load is consistently .5MOA in all three of my .223 rifles.
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Old August 25, 2012, 10:09 AM   #18
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youve got alot of loads now. Now you just have to get out there and see what your gun likes. Might be the same as soom of these and you might have to find your own.
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Old August 25, 2012, 11:13 AM   #19
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its not just having info to try different ideas, but it also gives me an idea of common powders used. I have my own pet loads that work very well in my AR, but now I have an idea of a few new powders to try.
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Old August 25, 2012, 02:03 PM   #20
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The powders I have most seen mentioned for .223 loads are H335, H4895, BL-C2, Varget, IMR 3031, TAC, IMR 4064, and RL15.
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Old August 26, 2012, 08:39 PM   #21
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Edward; is there a daily bag limit on scumbags? Minute-of-man sounds interesting; do the Mexican drug cartel members qualify?
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Old August 27, 2012, 02:26 AM   #22
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55 gr Hornady FMJ BT bulk bullets
24.5 gr Ramshot TAC
Magtech primers
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Old August 27, 2012, 07:49 AM   #23
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I've owned 5 rifles in 223 all with 1/9 twist the common factor in reloading was they all liked the 52gr sierra match bullet @100 yards, using 322, 335,
varget,4895, latest and excellent is CFE223.
IMO try the 52gr match first, Ive never had a 55 gr match it for accuracy.
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Old August 27, 2012, 11:36 AM   #24
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Sure they qualify but I think the Judicial system is doing a catch and release program.
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