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Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by rockyr, Feb 21, 2014.
what is a good powder to reload a 223 55gr bullet?:thumbup:
I use Winchester 748, before that I used Accurate 2230. That was easier than posting a link.
H322, H335, H4895, H4198, Varget, Benchmark, N133, N135, IMR3031, Reloader 10, AA2013, AA2230, TAC....might be easier to list all the powders that don't work.
The 2 I like the best are W 748 and H335. Meters very well. You never asked bullet manufacture?
I find Hornaday, or IMI are very accurate. Winchester are the lease accurate 55s I have tried.
Personal Favorites: Ramshot TAC, Accurate 2015
Others that work very well, too: Varget, Accurate 2200, 2230, 2460, Benchmark, IMR-8208XBR, H-335, Reloder 15, CFE-223
LIke others have said, it might be easier to list powders that don't work well in the .223 Powders with a faster burning rate than Reloder 7 or slower than IMR-4320. Pretty much anything in between generally works well. About the only one I have tried that I didn't care for was H-4198, but others seem to like it. YMMV
I use WC844, but I bought a lot of it when it was selling, shipped, for under $100/8lb jug. I am using mixed headstamped brass and Nosler 55gr BT bullets and out of my target AR shoot MOA or less with it.
As a matter of fact I am working on another batch right now, before spring. I think I got about 1500 pieces of brass processed.
The ones that reloading manuals say to use. :thumbup:
For 55gr I like Ramshot ex-terminator.
Page 6 on this pdf download. I like IMR4064
Me too. Both are easy-metering fine ball.
Big fan of SMP735, it comes in 45lb drums and it's cheap!
I have used allot of H335, meters well and shoots well enough in the AR. For the bolt rifle I have also used H4895 and Varget ... neither meters worth a darn though.
Varget seems to be quite popular. I also use it to reload 7.62x39. For excellent coverage on reloading 223 and building your own AR-15 in both 223 and 308 check out Ultimate Reloader Reloading Blog. Gavin Gear, who owns the site is a brilliant Microsoft technologist and also an accomplished reloader/shooter. His site and his excellent videos are some of the best. He has a ton of information on reloading 223 on his site. Get on his mailing list. He is doing a video series right now on progressive shotgun reloaders.
I've got clover leaf groups, 3/5 in one hole, with cfe223, amazingly great velocity too. Also 4895 and 8208 xbr have near that groups. Haven't tested those two as hard, very satisfied with cfe223. All with Nosler 55 gr ballistic tipped varmageddon bullets 2.260 c.o.a.l out of a Remington 700
25.0g H335, Federal Benchrest primer, behind a 55g Nosler Ballistic Tip. Works first time, everytime, in all guns, Prairie Dogs to Pronghorns. Yep, I said it again.