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#7085116 - 11/17/12 223 Pet Loads  
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About to start reloading for this caliber. Got a Remington VTR and a Mini 14 Target rifle. Looking for starting points for loads. Hoping for all-around loads that could be used for deer.

Got these bullets:
55 NBT
55 Hornady SP
53 TSX
60 NPT

Got these powders that may be suitable:
TAC
Varget
H4895
RL 15
H380
H414

I also have a couple of 22-250s if anybody wants to chime in some loads for them also.


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#7085415 - 11/17/12 Re: 223 Pet Loads [Re: TATELAW]  
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The 53 or 55 grainers, With about 25.5 gr. Of TAC, Varget, or H4895 behind them.


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#7085535 - 11/17/12 Re: 223 Pet Loads [Re: ingwe]  
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I've always said, It is harder to find a powder that doesn't work well in a 223, than it is to find one that is 'better than all the rest'.... every powder you have will work well in a 223....

some will say H 414 is too slow.. but at the same time, I don't think you'd be disappointed with the accuracy it will turn in..

223s and powder are like Gas and VW Bugs... they'll pretty much run on anything..


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#7087363 - 11/18/12 Re: 223 Pet Loads [Re: Seafire]  
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Never have shot TAC, so cant say about that one. Varget, and H-4895 have worked well in both of my 223s in the 50-55 bullet range. Although Benchmark and H-335 are on the top of the powder list for me.
Seafire is definately right about the 223 being like a V.W. as its hard to find a powder that doesnt work.

As far as the 22.250 and those bullets, 38 grs H-380 to start, and work up. H-380 and the 22.250 go together like bread and butter. Perfect.

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#7087385 - 11/18/12 Re: 223 Pet Loads [Re: Swifty52]  
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Exterminator works very well for me under the 55 gr. bullets, too.

Very clean burning and throws consistent all day and night.

Not much I couldn't do with a .223 Rem and RS TAC and Exterminator.


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#7088005 - 11/18/12 Re: 223 Pet Loads [Re: Rancho_Loco]  
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How about the 60 grain NPT? Bought these to use on deer in my 22-250 but it does not seem to like them.


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#7088618 - 11/18/12 Re: 223 Pet Loads [Re: TATELAW]  
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I have a 26" Rem 700 VLS .223 that really likes 50-grain Ballistic Tips and 26.0 TAC, although admittedly it shoots H335 just as well.

As for .22-250, the last 5 listed are all good. Personal favorites with a 55-grain bullet are 34.0 H4895, 36.0 to 37.0 of RE15, and 39.5 of H380. I also like Ramshot's Big Game. My rifle shoots its best groups about a grain or so below maximum.

#7097565 - 11/21/12 Re: 223 Pet Loads [Re: TATELAW]  
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Originally Posted by TATELAW
How about the 60 grain NPT? Bought these to use on deer in my 22-250 but it does not seem to like them.


In my rifle they did not like ball powders. Once I switched to IMR4895 groups shrunk to 5/8".


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#7097972 - 11/21/12 Re: 223 Pet Loads [Re: antelope_sniper]  
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50 NBT and 50 Vmax shot well with 25 grains of TAC for me.


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#7100262 - 11/22/12 Re: 223 Pet Loads [Re: firstcoueswas80]  
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50-55gr NBT's over 25.0-26.0gr Varget shot well in my .223. However, for deer, I would find a powder that worked well in your rifle with the NPT's and TSX's...

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#7102454 - 11/22/12 Re: 223 Pet Loads [Re: Orion2000]  
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For deer? Be careful you use bullets designed for that as most are designed for varmints and would make for a very bad experience deer hunting.

TSX has always been my choice in sub calibers.

I recently tried AR-Comp and have been pleased with velocity and accuracy


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