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#4471246 - 10/03/10 07:17 PM Good .223 loads
bsa1917hunter Offline
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Registered: 08/12/10
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Loc: Orygun
I think we need a new sticky for good 223 rem loads. I know a lot of us use em. I know this is the varmint section, but if some of you load these for deer or hogs I'd like to see those loads too. Pictures of group size and animals taken with this dandy little cartridge are also a plus. Thanks, BSA.

Here are a few of my favorite recipes, bear in mind i've only been loading for the 223 for a little less than a year now.
All loaded in R-P cases w/cci small rifle primers:

50 gr. hornady V-max 25.5 gr. H335 OAL= 2.225"
55 gr. hornady fmj w/c 25 gr. H335 OAL= 2.225"
53 gr. hornady hp match 24.5 gr. BLC2 OAL= 2.195"
53 gr. Sierra hp match 24 gr. BLC2 OAL= 2.222"

All loads listed give excellent accuracy in OP's rifle.
Let me know what you think.
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#4471522 - 10/03/10 09:37 PM Re: Good .223 loads [Re: bsa1917hunter]
Brett_Mc Offline
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Registered: 09/23/08
Posts: 1256
Loc: Sherman, TX
I was in search of a all round load for my .223, and was suggested the 63gr sierra. I'm rather glad I gave it a try.

My favorite load:

63 gr. Sierra Semi-Point 26.5 gr. RL-15 CCI 400

Groups much under a inch in my rifle.

I really like this load, haven't shot anything with it yet but will not hesitate on anything in Oklahoma up to deer/hogs with this load.
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#4471537 - 10/03/10 09:58 PM Re: Good .223 loads [Re: Brett_Mc]
bsa1917hunter Offline
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Registered: 08/12/10
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Originally Posted By: Brett00Mac
I was in search of a all round load for my .223, and was suggested the 63gr sierra. I'm rather glad I gave it a try.

My favorite load:

63 gr. Sierra Semi-Point 26.5 gr. RL-15 CCI 400

Groups much under a inch in my rifle.

I really like this load, haven't shot anything with it yet but will not hesitate on anything in Oklahoma up to deer/hogs with this load.

What twist rate on your barrel? Mine is a 1 in 12". Wish it was more like 1 in 9 or 1 in 10.
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I try to stick with the basics, they do so well. Nothing fancy mind you, just plain jane will get it done with style.


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#4471563 - 10/03/10 10:26 PM Re: Good .223 loads [Re: bsa1917hunter]
Higbean Online   content
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Registered: 01/26/08
Posts: 2133
Loc: Durham, CA
40gr Vmax
28gr H335
Win Brass
CCI primer

60gr Vmax
23.5gr Varget
Win Brass
Rem 9 1/2
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#4471963 - 10/04/10 06:41 AM Re: Good .223 loads [Re: Higbean]
RickyD Offline
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Posts: 28301
Loc: Iowa
Benchmark, 10X, and Varget have all produced very good loads for me with bullets from 40 to 69 grains.
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#4471983 - 10/04/10 06:48 AM Re: Good .223 loads [Re: Higbean]
Brett_Mc Offline
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Registered: 09/23/08
Posts: 1256
Loc: Sherman, TX
bsa1917hunter:

Mine is a 1-12" twist. Like you I wish mine was a little tighter but what I have is good. I'm shooting a Vanguard Varmint Special. I wanna try a load with the 65 gr Gamekings but the recommended twist is tighter than 1-12" maybe I'll buy a box and if my gun doesn't like them I could always trade them. More and more I keep thinking I'd like a fast twist 22-250.
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#4472186 - 10/04/10 07:56 AM Re: Good .223 loads [Re: Brett_Mc]
kyreloader Offline
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Registered: 02/07/07
Posts: 1538
Loc: Kentucky
24.3g IMR8208XBR with 52g Amax is OCW load in FIL's Rem 700 SPS. Very low SD in RP brass with Fed205 primers.

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#4472307 - 10/04/10 08:42 AM Re: Good .223 loads [Re: kyreloader]
RockyRaab Offline
Campfire 'Bwana

Registered: 05/23/03
Posts: 13347
Loc: Ogden, Utah
Sorry, I thought this was the Varmint Rifles section, not the Big Game/Combat section.

Most .223 varmint rifles will thrive with 50-gr bullets. Good for every pest from cockroaches to coyotes. (Well all right, they do over penetrate on cockroaches, LOL!)

Either of Ramshot's suggested loads using TAC or XTerminator work well, as will 27.0 W748, 24.0 H322, or 25.5 A2230. You wouldn't be displeased with book loads using Benchmark, RL10X, A2015, RL-15, 3031, 4198, 4895, BLC2 or a half dozen other powders, for that matter. I do find Varget to be a wee bit too slow for bullets of that weight, though.
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#4473131 - 10/04/10 02:07 PM Re: Good .223 loads [Re: bsa1917hunter]
DMB Offline
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Registered: 07/10/04
Posts: 13436
Loc: Grayling, MI
Whole lot of good loads worked up for my three rifles in 223.
Best bullets:
Speer 50 gn TNT
Speer 52 gn HP
Speer 52 gn HPBT
Nosler 50 gn BT
Nolser 52 gn HPBT
Sierra 50 gn Blitz(Silver tip)
Berger 50 gn Varmint
Berger 50 gn Match
Berger 52 gn Varmint
Sierra 45 gn
Starke 45 gn
Starke 40 gn
Sierra 40 gn Blitz

Powders that work with bullets mentioned above:
TAC
IMR-4198
H-4895
H-335
H-322
RL-7
N-133

Primers:
Fed 205M
Rem 7 1/2
WSR
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#4473187 - 10/04/10 02:28 PM Re: Good .223 loads [Re: DMB]
RockyRaab Offline
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Registered: 05/23/03
Posts: 13347
Loc: Ogden, Utah
With the caveat that I much prefer W748 or TAC over H335, and like RL-10X over RL-7, I second Don's list wholeheartedly.
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