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.223 loads for Short Barrels

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by cyrsequipment, Apr 13, 2010.

  1. cyrsequipment

    cyrsequipment Angry

    Aug 8, 2004
    I'm not much of a reloader (yet) but I do have a question about a specialized load for a short-barreled .223...

    Is there such a thing as a load optimized for such a short barrel?
  2. sourdough44


    Jul 23, 2007
    I think not really, for 16" & over. The idea of this was listed in the 'reloading myths busted' article in a recent shooting times or guns & ammo magazine. The little bit of different in average 223 powders may not matter much with a modest change in barrel length. This is not to say that some powders are not better suited to different weight bullets for the 223. Much of the time powders are a little faster with the lighter bullets. You may also get into the 'low flash powder' discussion. I just wouldn't over think it. IMHO

  3. cyrsequipment

    cyrsequipment Angry

    Aug 8, 2004
    Sorry, I was referring to 10in and 11.5in barrels...

    But I think you meant that it really wouldn't matter much.

  4. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

    May 31, 2007
    Old Colorado City
    I'd go with the heaviest bullet your twist rate shoots well.