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Old November 4, 2012, 03:09 PM   #1
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CFE 223 load data?

I just got some CFE 223 and federal small rifle primers to start making some ammo. My problem is the CFE 223 has only been out since this January and I cant find much load data for it. This is all I can find.

55 GR. BAR TSX FB Hodgdon CFE 223 .224" 2.180" 24.7 3065 44,600 PSI 27.4 3317 54,000 PSI

55 GR. SPR SP Hodgdon CFE 223 .224" 2.200" 26.0 3133 43,300 PSI 27.8 3329 51,300 PSI

Im using these bullets

I want to get the load data correct. My AR is chambered for a 5.56 so it can take the higher pressure. I was thinking of starting my load around 25-26 grains.
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Old November 4, 2012, 03:58 PM   #2
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It is all there, maybe not your exact bullet, but enough to get you started. I see that seems to be where you got that data. And at 3300 fps, those max loads should be adequate and exceed veloicties attainable with other powders. Use this one for your bullet, as it is a close match. Start at the lower one and work up in your gun. So 25- 26 as you stated looks perfectly reasonable. The other one is for an all copper bullet.
55 GR. SPR SP Hodgdon CFE 223 .224" 2.200" 26.0 3133 43,300 PSI 27.8 3329 51,300 PSI

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Old November 4, 2012, 06:09 PM   #3
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I do 25.5 grs under 55gr nosler varmagedon fbhp's at 2.250 oal. Pretty accurate out of my 1:9 ARs. Dropped a yote at 90 yrds. Not that thats difficult but just sayin
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Old November 4, 2012, 07:29 PM   #4
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Appreciate the help guys! First powder, but I will stick with this or go to h335
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Old November 5, 2012, 12:40 AM   #5
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First thing I would do, is call or email Hornady and ask what the COL is suggested for use in a 5.56mm rifle for that bullet. My guess would be 2.250" or very close.

Second, I load one bullet with CFE223 and my AR likes the lighter load of 25gr. Unfortunately CFE223 seems to be picky in my AR. I started using H335 and my accuracy is WAY better than CFE ever gave me.

Third, I only use CCI41 primers in my AR. Buy a box of 100, its only a few bucks. Duplicate each load step using both primers, try using a .3 grain step between loads.

Last but not least, Print some free targets at and use 1 target for each load step, write the load data on them and save them, I reference mine all the time!

Hope it helps
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Old November 28, 2012, 01:42 PM   #6
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Attached are all of Hodgdon's current loads using CFE-223. Covers quite a range!
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Old November 28, 2012, 05:36 PM   #7
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I was able to get 3370 fps with CFE 223 and 55gr. Hornady bullets. Here is a thread showing my velocity test and comparrisons with standard and mag primers. NOTE that I worked up the load!

dbooksta: Thanks for the info! printed and included in my reloading manuals.
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Old November 28, 2012, 11:34 PM   #8
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CFE was developed with heavier pills than 55 grains in mind, still a relatively good powder. If accuracy is poor, try a different primer.

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