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223 powder recommendation

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Glock 1, Jun 4, 2012.

  1. Glock 1

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    My dad has a progressive loader and has recently purchased some 223 dies. He did this for me as he does not own a 223.

    I found some once shot lake city brass that has been cleaned, deprimed, and reprimed with CCI primers. I plan on buying 3k of them from this company along with 3000 55gr Hornady FMJBT bullets. All I need is the powder and the options are mind boggling to me.

    I am looking for an inexpensive clean powder for these rounds. 3200FPS or thereabouts is fine. I don't need anything spectacular. I am just looking for an inexpensive alternative to the cheap steel ammo.

    I will be doing plinking out on some land and some at the range so while match accuracy is not paramount, I don't want to hit the bullseye on bench 10 while I am on bench 5.

    Any powder recommendations?
     
  2. Boxerglocker

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    You could do pulled down military surplus.... H335 equivalent.

    I personally use Ramshot TAC for my match / training loads. I also play around with BL(C)-2 and lately trying CFE223.

    All powders above meter well in a Dillon.
     

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  3. fredj338

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  4. Glock 1

    Glock 1

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    CFE 223 is one I was looking at and looks pretty clean. 26g should net me 3200 FPS I think. Load data has max charge at 28.5 with a 53gr bullet.
     
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  5. fredj338

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    Well, not in a 16" bbbl it won't, few powders will IMO.
     
  6. Zombie Steve

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    I was thinking the same thing reading post #1.

    3,200 is basically what M193 (NATO 5.56mm) will get you from a 20" barrel... and that stuff is HOT!

    I personally love Varget for the .223, but it just isn't going to meter well in a progressive press.
     
  7. Zombie Steve

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    IMR 4320 has a very similar burn rate to Varget and it's a shorter stick. I really think it's an underrated powder.
     
  8. WW478 is the old stand by for 60gr+.

    I've used AA2230 for my econo 55 grain stuff.

    As previously mentioned 4320 is good also. I've cooked up some good stuff with Sierra 52gr. BTHP Match.
     
  9. FFR Spyder GT

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    +1 on the BL(C)-2. I use it for .223 loads w/ bullets from 40gr to 75gr with great results. Only powder that I use for .223.
     
  10. Kentucky Shooter

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  11. fredj338

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    Many love Varget. I like it in my 404jeffery, but I hand weigh those. In my target 308, it was so-so, not bad, but not better than others. AA claims that AA2520 is a ball equiv to Varget. I do love the accuracy I get in 223 & 308, what I use it for. Supposedly it's the choice for many of the Camp Perry guys, but that is AA advertising, I don't know that for sure.:dunno:
     
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  12. Bello

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    Ill go along with Mitch blc2 is good powder it's sposed to be along the lines of military powder
     
  13. ColoCG

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    ^^^^^ This^^^

    I really like BL-(C)2 in .223 also shoots and meters great. H335 is very good too.
     
  14. KenMac

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    Isn't BL-(C)2 temp sensitive?
     
  15. ColoCG

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    Could be, but I and my shooting and my guns have never noticed. :dunno:
     
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  16. RustyFN

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    For me it's H-335 or the pull down WC-844.
     
  17. srt-4_jon

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    x2. the ball powder meters great.