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#5565354 - 01/26/15 11:18 AM Load testing results for those interested in the newer powders and heavier .224 bullets
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Figured some might be interested in how some combos might perform in your weapon. These are the ones that were sub moa out of the 14-15 different loads I tested.




Barrel: 16" 1:8 Rainier Select medium contour
Optic: Leupold VX3 2.5x8



55 grain Nosler Varmageddon BT
21.7 IMR 4198
COAL: 2.250
Group: .238

55 grain Nosler Varmageddon FBHP
27.4 CFE 223
COAL: 2.210
Group: .398

75 grain BTHP
21.4 AR Comp
COAL: 2.255
Group: .55

75 grain BTHP
23 IMR 8208 xbr
COAL: 2.255
Group: .695

55 grain soft point
26.3 748
COAL: 2.20
Group: .476

77 Sierra match
22.1 AR Comp
COAL: 2.26
Group: .417

55 grain Sierra Gameking
25.6 AR Comp
COAL: 2.245
Group: .588

75 grain BTHP
25 CFE 223
COAL: 2.26
Group: .798
Test more. Two holes were touching while 1 was farther.

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#5565510 - 01/26/15 12:46 PM Re: Load testing results for those interested in the newer powders and heavier .224 bullets [Re: tenyearsgone]
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What brass and primer are you running? Some of those loads are very similar to my results also.
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#5565944 - 01/26/15 05:33 PM Re: Load testing results for those interested in the newer powders and heavier .224 bullets [Re: tenyearsgone]
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Most of it is Lake City brass with a mix of Winchester, CCI, and Remington primers. Mostly Winchester as the CCI primers can be tough to seat in the military brass and Remington isn't as common in the store.

I was surprised Varget didn't do well.

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#5565967 - 01/26/15 05:55 PM Re: Load testing results for those interested in the newer powders and heavier .224 bullets [Re: tenyearsgone]
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When you tested Varget, what was your method?
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#5566006 - 01/26/15 06:11 PM Re: Load testing results for those interested in the newer powders and heavier .224 bullets [Re: tenyearsgone]
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Interesting about the Varget, what load were you running? My 20" 9 twist like 24.0 gr with the 77 SMK.

I will grab some AR Comp and CFE, I think I saw some last week.

Thanks for the info.
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#5566172 - 01/26/15 07:17 PM Re: Load testing results for those interested in the newer powders and heavier .224 bullets [Re: tenyearsgone]
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55 grain with 27.5 grains of Varget. 2.25 COAL.

I guess it's important to note that I didn't get to it until at the end of my 3 hour session and was experiencing some eye fatigue. I was also rushing these shots somewhat.

I'm not sure it can beat the CFE 223 or 4198 loads anyways, so no loss if it doesn't work. I still have some IMR 4064 loads to test so I'll try it again next time.

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#5566457 - 01/26/15 09:18 PM Re: Load testing results for those interested in the newer powders and heavier .224 bullets [Re: tenyearsgone]
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Only one of those I have used so far is CFE. Use it in the 17 Remington. Good accuracy and velocity. What I really like though is not having to clean out copper, run 25gr bullets at over 4200fps things will foul.
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#5566853 - 01/27/15 08:06 AM Re: Load testing results for those interested in the newer powders and heavier .224 bullets [Re: tenyearsgone]
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If you just pick a powder charge to try, there's no way of knowing how well it will shoot. A proper load work up should find a good load.
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#5566928 - 01/27/15 08:49 AM Re: Load testing results for those interested in the newer powders and heavier .224 bullets [Re: tenyearsgone]
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I'd shot it with an unmagnified Aimpoint before and it did decent. I have several loads with Varget to try. Just didn't get to them. It might do better with heavier bullets. At this point, it's just to see what works so I can use up the pound I have while getting decent accuracy. I really like IMR 4198 because of the accuracy and soft recoil even though it can really only be loaded with a trickler. Varget is scarce here anyways.

The good thing about my setup is that I'm not relegated to one powder.

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#5567505 - 01/27/15 01:52 PM Re: Load testing results for those interested in the newer powders and heavier .224 bullets [Re: tenyearsgone]
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AR COMP for the heavies? Closer to Varget burn rate?
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#5567521 - 01/27/15 02:01 PM Re: Load testing results for those interested in the newer powders and heavier .224 bullets [Re: tenyearsgone]
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AR Comp seems to be a cleaner more stable version of Reloder 15 with slightly faster burn rate. From my experience.
I like it better than Varget.

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#5567803 - 01/27/15 04:48 PM Re: Load testing results for those interested in the newer powders and heavier .224 bullets [Re: tenyearsgone]
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good to know I have a pound coming to try with 69-77 grain bullets
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#5568518 - 01/27/15 11:00 PM Re: Load testing results for those interested in the newer powders and heavier .224 bullets [Re: DStroud]
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You'll like the AR Comp better since it has shorter granules than Varget. Better for using a measure.

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