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Old September 4, 2012, 12:35 PM   #1
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amount of powder ?

Loading for a 223 AR15.
If a load of 24.5 of H335 powder gives you excellent accuracy with a 55 gr fmjbt wouldn't that same amount of powder be very accurate for say a 55 gr hpbt or a flat base hollow point bullet being fired in the same rifle ?
Or do different bullets being the same weight need a different powder charge ?
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Old September 4, 2012, 12:43 PM   #2
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Maybe, or then maybe not. You need to experiment and find out what "your" gun likes. Why may there be differences? Durned if I know, but that's the fun of reloading. GW
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Old September 4, 2012, 07:26 PM   #3
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Bullets vary in hardness, bearing surface, shape and other variables. Any time you change any component, it can make a difference.
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Old September 4, 2012, 10:40 PM   #4
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Sierra says yes.

Sierra says yes. They list 7 different bullets above ONE load table, applicable to all. I even use their data with other brands of bullets, if the weight is the same.
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Old September 4, 2012, 11:47 PM   #5
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The OP asked about different bullets having the same accuracy, not if the powder charge is safe for all. Accuracy may change from one bullet style to another. Worth testing to be sure.
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Old September 5, 2012, 07:16 AM   #6
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Yes that is what I was asking. Is accuracy the same with bullets of the same weight, but different designs using the same powder charge.
Example a 55 gr fmjhp is most accurate with 24.5 gr of H335 in my rifle. So would the same amount of powder be the accuracy load for different types of bullets in the same weight, such as a hollow point, soft point etc..
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Old September 5, 2012, 09:09 AM   #7
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Anytime you change something accuracy, pressure, and velocity could change. A 55 gr bullet from company "A" may have more surface in contact with the barrel than the same weight bullet from company "B" resulting in more pressure and velocity. This may or may not effect accuracy.

Same when you change brass, primers, or even the same powder from a different can.
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Old September 5, 2012, 08:42 PM   #8
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Yep...the load should be safe, unless you're pushing towards the hot end.
Loads are based on weight, so when you can't find load info for a particular bullet, take the data from a similar (hopefully exact) weight bullet, and start low and work up like usual.

Accuracy is whole 'nother animal.
Bullet shape- ogive- and length, even for the same weight bullet, can vary a LOT.

We'd had good success with 6.5, 123 grain Amax's in our 6.5 Grendel AR. We'd also had good results with Nosler's Custom Competition bullets in .223, so when I saw they had a 6.5 in 123 grain, I bought a box...

Didn't shoot nearly as well as the Amax's, but more importantly to note is that they have a completely different ogive- like a SMK- and the loaded length to the ogive was much less than the Amax.
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