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#6137264 - 01/15/16 12:31 PM My 223 reloads - some good, some not so good
603Country Offline
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wife went off to a girly lunch, so I dragged out the 223 and 260. The 260, as always was dead on. That Vortex Viper scope has been thumped and bounced and knocked into stuff, and the zero has never ever changed. I'm impressed and pleased.

The 223, now that I've gotten familiarized with how to shoot that light rifle, just stacked the 40 grain Nosler BT's one on top of another. I'm happy, since that's the standard reload that I use. Then I found my 55 gr Nosler BT reloads and my 65 gr Sierra GK reloads and was less impressed with those reloads. I'll choot em up and try again to work up loads. I'll probably stay with H335 on the 55's, and that's what I use with the 40's, but I'll try another powder with the 65 gr GK's. And that's where ya'll come in. I have Varget, IMR 3031, AA2230, BL-C(2), IMR4064, and the H335. Those of you that shoot the Sierra GK 65 grainers, please share with me your pet loads. With the last barrel on this rifle, I used AA2230 with that bullet, but with the new barrel I don't want to just assume that's the best. Plus, AA2230 isn't that easy to find around here, if I needed more.

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#6137293 - 01/15/16 12:58 PM Re: My 223 reloads - some good, some not so good [Re: 603Country]
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Mine likes Benchmark with 60 grainers.
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#6137479 - 01/15/16 02:41 PM Re: My 223 reloads - some good, some not so good [Re: 603Country]
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Mine loves 55 grain Sierra Gamekings with Win 748

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#6137498 - 01/15/16 02:55 PM Re: My 223 reloads - some good, some not so good [Re: 603Country]
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I don't shoot that bullet, but if I did I would choose Varget from that list of powders for my first try.
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#6137515 - 01/15/16 03:14 PM Re: My 223 reloads - some good, some not so good [Re: 603Country]
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With bullets 60gr to 90gr in the 223 I use Varget and from that list would be my choice. Going to try some CFE223 in it though since it meters so well and is a little slower burning and I bought several lbs for the Grendel.
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#6137541 - 01/15/16 03:29 PM Re: My 223 reloads - some good, some not so good [Re: 603Country]
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My 20" 1:8 rifle liked 65gr SGK's with 25.1 gr of Varget.
I would step ladder around my load.

My 1:7 16" rifle doesn't like anything yet.


Edited by Gravytrain (01/15/16 03:30 PM)

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#6137546 - 01/15/16 03:32 PM Re: My 223 reloads - some good, some not so good [Re: 603Country]
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Varget

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#6137688 - 01/15/16 04:35 PM Re: My 223 reloads - some good, some not so good [Re: 603Country]
603Country Offline
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Well...by golly...Varget will be tried out with that bullet. Thanks.

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#6137810 - 01/15/16 05:51 PM Re: My 223 reloads - some good, some not so good [Re: 603Country]
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yep
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#6137874 - 01/15/16 06:33 PM Re: My 223 reloads - some good, some not so good [Re: 603Country]
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I use H335 - IMR4064 - and BL-C(2) with the Sierra 65 gr Gamekings with very good results out of my Savage 12 FLVSS and all 3 of my AR-15's.

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#6138356 - 01/16/16 06:37 AM Re: My 223 reloads - some good, some not so good [Re: 603Country]
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What twist?
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#6138400 - 01/16/16 07:32 AM Re: My 223 reloads - some good, some not so good [Re: 603Country]
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Varget would be fine with that weight bullet
I like AA2230 /XTerminator(same powder) as well
I was given a can of BL-C2 and I just used it to make some 3-gun ammo and was quite surprised how well it shot. It would work well with heavier bullets too very similar powder to CFE223


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#6138465 - 01/16/16 09:02 AM Re: My 223 reloads - some good, some not so good [Re: 603Country]
603Country Offline
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It's a 1 in 9 twist. I'll get after this load testing tomorrow. Looking forward to it.

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#6139477 - 01/16/16 10:22 PM Re: My 223 reloads - some good, some not so good [Re: 603Country]
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I shoot the 65 gr SGKs. I'm going off of memory since I don't have access to my records, but should get you in the ball park.

First load I worked up was with Varget and I think I settled on 25.3 gr. But that's just about a full case with LC brass, and I wasn't really all that happy with the accuracy, about 1.25 MOA. It wasn't really moving that fast either (16" barrel). Plus it's really a pain to load into the small case mouth too.

Currently, I'm shooting CFE 223 at about 26.6 gr. It's a little more accurate at just over MOA, and a little faster. But I'm still not totally sold on this powder either.

Due to my propensity to shoot in all weather between 10-100 degrees, I really want to stay in the temp stable powders, and Varget certainly fits that bill, but I still think there are better powders for the .223. I think H322 is my next choice for testing.
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#6139641 - 01/17/16 07:56 AM Re: My 223 reloads - some good, some not so good [Re: 603Country]
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After I finish my coffee, I'll head to the workshop and set up to load. After a bit more thought on the issue, the reason I used AA2230 with that bullet was that it was the Lyman 49th accuracy load. I do think I'll start with that powder instead of Varget. The 65 gr Sierra and AA2230 were extremely accurate in the original barrel on this rifle.

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