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Old December 26, 2012, 02:20 PM   #1
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When reloading 223

Should you look for a faster burning rate powder with a short barrel , lets say 20". Slower burning rate with a 26" barrel. The Remington 700P I'm looking at has a 1/12 twist 26" brl. will only be using for target shooting 300 yards max. No hot loads, I reload, so I'm looking for a good bullet & powder for this rifle. I know they come with a faster twist, but this rifle I can get at a good price. Used once with a leupoled scope $ 700. Looks brand new.
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Old December 26, 2012, 03:09 PM   #2
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My daughter had a Rossi single shot .223 that I use H4895 in and it works and shoots great. I load a lot of Honady V-Max 55gr for her. I've heard H335 works great as well but I personally have not used it yet. I do have a pound that I plan on breaking open as soon as the H4895 is gone.
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Old December 26, 2012, 10:05 PM   #3
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The longest barrel I reload .223 for is 24" 1:12. I've had very good luck with the 55gr V-Max and Varget powder. I've heard a few posts on here say there are some newer powders that burn cleaner than Varget, but that's hard for me to wrap my brain around. I'll have to try some one of these days to find out for myself, but Varget has been a very clean and consistent powder for both my bolt actions and AR's.
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Old December 27, 2012, 12:07 AM   #4
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I haven't found that much difference in the slower vs. faster burning powders in the .223. In my experience, my attempts with H-4198 proved to be unsatsifactory in the velocities obtained, nor was accuracy that great. But I had acceptable results with many other powders including Accurate 2015, 2230, 2460, 2520, SRB-118, 2200, Winchester 748, Hodgdon H-335, H-4895, Varget, and CFE-223, IMR-4895, IMR-4064, 8208XBR, Ramshot TAC and Reloder 15. My current favorites are Ramshot TAC for 40 and 50 gr bullets in all rifles, Accurate 2015 for 40 and 50 gr bullets and Hodgdon Varget for 55 gr bullets and heavier. These all work well in both my 1 in 12" twist bolt guns (22" and 26" barrels) and my M&P 15 Sport (1 in 8" twist, 16" barrel). If you want to try one powder with clean burning, consistent metering, good accuracy and velocity, give the Ramshot TAC a try. My second choice would be Accurate 2015, although it doesn't meter as well through a powder measure as the ball powder TAC.
Truth to be told, I could probably be just as happy with Accurate 2230 or 2460, the new CFE-223, or even good old W-748. The new 8208XBR shows promise, too. If you want a versatile powder, H-4895 works fine in a lot of different calibers and also excels in reduced loads in many cartridges. You can load a lot of cartridges from the .223 up through 30-06 with decent results with H-4895.
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Old December 27, 2012, 12:27 AM   #5
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Either will work. I'm inclined to say the slower powder for better case fill.

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Old December 27, 2012, 07:22 AM   #6
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Should you look for a faster burning rate powder with a short barrel
The powder that gives the highest velocities in a longer barrel will also give you the highest velocities in a shorter barrel.
All the powder is burned up in the first few inches of the barrel.
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Old December 28, 2012, 12:30 AM   #7
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You know, A 26" barrel with a 1:12 twist just screams "CFE223" to me. Yes it is a ball powder, but give it a shot before trying a stick powder.

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