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Help with powder/bullet selection

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by ah141nj, Jan 31, 2010.

  1. ah141nj

    ah141nj

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    Tried some load developemnt for my Colt Match Comp AR 1/9.

    Didnt know what I would want to use, so I was able to pick up H322, H335, BLC2, Varget & monday I will have TAC.

    Did some loads using H322, H335 & BLC2 with Hornady 50 gr Vmax. Liked the 322 the best with the 50 Vmax's. Went back to the the range with smaller powder increments & assorted OALS to find my pet load.

    The 50's wouldnt penetrate the new backboards the range put up. So that went that idea. Stayed and just plinked with 62 grs/H335.

    So my question is which powder should I concentrate on the most?
    Is there such a thing as a do all powder?

    My requirements would be clean burning,accurate, good dispensing through my Lee powder measure, low recoil, inexpensive & "readily available"
    My bullets on hand are...

    Hornady 55 gr FMJ BT w/C
    Hornady 50 gr Vmax
    Armscor 62 gr FMJBT
    Nosler 69 gr HPBT
    Sierra 55 gr HPBT
    Sierra 50 gr Spitzer

    Would one of the these powders work best with all of theses bullets?

    Can you suggest a particular powder / combination? You know, mix & match
    Only plan on paper punching for now at 100 yds...maybe to 200 yds.

    I would be using CCI SR & Federal cases if that is any help for the input.

    Looking forward to hearing from you guys....and ladies.
     
  2. .45 guy

    .45 guy

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    The first thing to ask is, what were the loads? How many grains of powder, what was the OAL, what manual are you using More details are needed
     

  3. jaybirdjtt

    jaybirdjtt

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    My "8 Ball" shows alot of load variety with these powders. The H322 is very versatile. Bl C(2) and Varget, also. Varget works well with the heavier weight bullets. I'd use up what you have before buying any more types. Personally, I like 748 and have used it for years. Mostly I shoot 55 grn bullets. The 223 is a fairly easy cartrige to load. If you are loading for bench rest type accuracy, there are many factors to consider besides powder type. Sometimes simply modifying the seating depth will make a huge difference. Quickest way to shrink your groups is dialing in the proper parallax on your scope. Don't trust the markings if your scope has 'em.
    I use the 223 mostly for varmint hunting and plinking, too! Love it!
     
  4. ah141nj

    ah141nj

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    What would that have to do with which powder to use with which bullet?
     
  5. Patrick Graham

    Patrick Graham Footlong Jr.

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    I use H335 the most for 223 in ARs but all those you (OP) listed would work just fine.