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powder question

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by chetterbob, Apr 20, 2012.

  1. chetterbob

    chetterbob parents live in christmas valley New Member

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    is anyone useing the new CFE-223 powder and how does it perform
     
  2. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    Lots of discussion on "the boards" and so far it's good talk.

    I'm considering it for a trial run in my AR's. It sure looks good for 55gr bullets. Even the "starting load" shows more velocity potential than what I am getting from "max load" of some of the more traditional ".223 powders".

    It's supposed to reduce copper fouling greatly. Now if they could just do something about the carbon fouling on an AR Bolt;)
     
  3. iusmc2002

    iusmc2002 Colville, WA Active Member

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    They did. It's called a gas piston system ;) :bluelaugh:
     
  4. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    That's funny, I had rifles that had gas pistons and they still fouled. M-1, M-14, even an M-60, all had to have the carbon scraped out of the gas chamber and off the piston. They just put it in a different place. Only difference is that there is less heat on the bolt/carrier and the carbon forms elsewhere. Even had the same issues with a Remington 1100.

    Like I said, a powder that doesn't leave lots of carbon residue would sure be nice.
     
  5. mookmanjdj

    mookmanjdj Oregon Coast Member

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    I have used the CFE223. I am pretty happy with it so far. Using Berger 55 gr Target HP and 26.5 gr powder. It meters really well, but seems to take a lot of powder per load. As far as the copper fouling issue, haven't shot enough to tell if it helps or not. Looks like grinding powder or welding bb's. I've got it down to about a 1" group at 100yds with the above load. Bought an 8lb jug so I'll be using it for a while. Give it a shot.