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Good NOOB powder for 550 and .223

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Colorado4Wheel, Oct 26, 2010.

  1. Colorado4Wheel

    Colorado4Wheel

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    Can someone help me pick a good powder for .223 that meters well in the 550. Accuracy is important but it's not bench rest stuff he is doing.
     
  2. Bob2223

    Bob2223 Jack's buddy!

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    I would think 335 or 748 should meter in about anything ?
    Thats the two I use, 335 for CAR-15 stuff and 748 for the bull barreled AR.

    Loadin 223 now ?

    Bob
     


  3. EL_NinO619

    EL_NinO619 EX-Swage Monkey

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    We just got 8lb of TAC and its like pixie dust. 748 did well in the dillon also.
     
  4. RLCbushpilot

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    In the limited loads I've done so far TAC has worked well for me.
     
  5. Colorado4Wheel

    Colorado4Wheel

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    My brother in law is finally going to start reloading.
     
  6. fredj338

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    TAC, BLC-2, H335, H332, W748, AA2520, all are ball or spherical & flow nicely thru the Dillon measure. Pick a burn rate to match te bullet wt you are loading.
     
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  7. MrOldLude

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    AA2230 meters extremely well for me. The only other .223 I produce are loaded with Varget. It doesn't flow as easy.
     
  8. PCJim

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    BL-C2 and AA2230 here, meter exceptionally well on the 550b. Varget does not meter well, but is supposedly a good choice if you trickle charge.

    Have you determined your reload methodology sequencing on the 223 round? If I may.... tumble, lube, deprime/resize on a SS, tumble (remove lube), trim, debur/chamfer. Then on to the 550b for the remaining operations. Use a universal depriming die in station one to insure there is no remaining media in the flash hole. Otherwise, you'll have to inspect each case (easily done if looking thru case against a brightly lit white paper on the bench).

    Have fun!
     
  9. XDRoX

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    This is how we've been doing it, but I leave station one empty. What univ depriming die do you have? The Lee is on sale right now for $7.99. Will it work fine?
     
  10. PCJim

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    Yes, the Lee will work fine and is the one that I have. At that price, I probably should pick up another, as my current one stays affixed on the .223 toolhead.
     
  11. Colorado4Wheel

    Colorado4Wheel

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    He is buying a 550. So he is going to size and trim (with electric trimmer) or do some sort of trim by hand off the press. I don't know what he is going to do really. I mentioned the X-Die as a possibility because he only trims once. After that he just runs the 550 setup for 223 like he would for 9mm.
     
  12. PCJim

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    Have your friend take a look at the Possum Hollow Kwick Trimmers. They are used manually or in an adapter with a variable speed drill. They trim based on the case shoulder datum (like the Giraud), not case overall length.
     
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  13. dudel

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    I tried several, and settled on Varget. Some say it doesn't meter well in Dillon dump; but I've had no problems with it. Very good accuracy in my loads. For a trimmer, I highly recommend the Wilson trimmer. Best $30 I've spent in a long time. Very consistent, very adjustable, very fast. Cuts square, and a power option is available. You don't spend time trying to get the trimmer into the case mouth. A real pain on .223 case mouths.