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Old June 21, 2002, 11:33 AM   #1
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What .223 powder?

I am new to reloading the .223. I will be using the ammo in a Bushmaster AR for plinking and target practice to 100 yds. I plan to use 55 gr FMJ bullets. What is a good powder and charge to use for this load? I have heard Win 748 has temperature problems. I am in the sunny south and there are days in the 90's that I will be shooting. Your input is appreciated!
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Old June 21, 2002, 12:07 PM   #2
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You named the best powder...

W-748 From 22.7 grains to 30.0 grains with Remington 7-1/2 primer.
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Old June 21, 2002, 12:41 PM   #3
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IMR 4198 is good too.
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Old June 21, 2002, 12:51 PM   #4
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IMR 4895 is available from for unbeatable prices. For 100 yard shooting it cannot be beaten.
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Old June 21, 2002, 02:53 PM   #5
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H335 and BLC2 from Hodgdon, 2230 from Accurate Arms, 4895 from IMR or Hodgden, and W-W 748. I've used all of these over the years with excellent results.

H335 from Hodgdon, however, is my all time favorite for the .223.
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Old June 21, 2002, 07:31 PM   #6
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I use Hodgon Varget in my Bushmaster, you will over fill the case before you start getting pressure signs.( using 62gr bullets)
It's very versitle too. I use it in .223,308,30-06 and 45-70 all with acceptable results. under an inch @ 100yds using GI pulled bullets from Hitech.

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Old June 22, 2002, 07:31 AM   #7
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Best results group wise with 55 grain tips from my Bushmaster V-Match carbine have been with Reloder 15 and Varget. Neither one is great though the powder measure, WW748 is the best metering powder I've used for the .223.
Varget and Reloder 15 loads shoot excellent groups with the heavier 68 / 69 grain bullets if you want to experiment.
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Old June 22, 2002, 07:42 AM   #8
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my .223 likes h322.
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Old June 23, 2002, 04:58 PM   #9
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Old June 24, 2002, 09:09 AM   #10
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What I shoot in my 223's

I have 3 loads for two 223 Remmingtons we owne:
55 grain bullet...Win.-748...
26.5 grains
21.5 grains [Thin Ruger ULTRA-LITE barrel].
60 grain bullet...Win.-748...
25.0 grains
No two guns will shoot the same load so, try them and see what happens.

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