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Powder recommendations for .223

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by KBG, Mar 30, 2019.

  1. KBG

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    I know the topic been discussed, BUT:

    I'm looking for some experienced reloading advice on powder selection for .223's; here's my specifics:
    1. Reloading a large volume of ammo; say upwards 10,000 rounds
    2. Using 55-62 gr projectiles, barrels are 1-8/9 in. twists
    3. will develop an appropriate load before this operation commences with whatever components we select

    Going to do this progressively on both Hornady and Dillion presses. Looking for that powder that meters extremely well, clean with excellent volume accuracy potential.

    I've loaded varget, 4895, 4064, RL-15......they are not it for volume manufacturing using this equipment; would prefer a ball powder or similar: does CFE223 or H335 do this? Or, do you have another suggestion?
     


  2. deemus

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    H335 is great powder for 223. Its the only thing I use now.
     
  3. Younggun

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    I’m currently hooked on CFE223 because it’s just so easy to measure. Seems like it always comes out of the hopper just right.


    The downside is that it isn’t temp stable like some others. I tested some 69gr SMK loads the other day using H4895, Varget, and CFE223.

    4895 and CFE has similar groups. The 4895 would be far more temp stable but it’s just too easy to load with CFE. I have no experience with any other powder is .223.


    I’m still trying to find a load that Varget actually shows some kind of advantage in any cartridge.


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  4. Younggun

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    Why do you prefer it to CFE? Talk me in to switching.




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  5. Vaquero

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    as stated. CFE223 meters extremely consistently.
    For large batches on a progressive press, I highly recommend it.
     
  6. deemus

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    Was told it is temp stable, and through testing I was able to get a 3/8" group out of my AR.
     
  7. Charlie

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    Varget has always done a good job for me. When I found the weight it likes, it shot a 3/8" group.
     
  8. Younggun

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    Does it meter similar to CFE? If so, I’m pretty backyard gonna get some to try out.


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  9. Younggun

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    I got some good groups while testing, but they always seem to be 100fps slower than similar groups with other powders.

    If I were loading for a 200 yards competition it wouldn’t make a difference and aside from the slower loading process it would be great.


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  10. deemus

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    I've not used CFE, but it meters well. And pretty flat out to 300. I used those rounds for prairie dogs and were accurate out to 250. On a squirrel.
     


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