I've been very pleased with it, but I've found it to be a very dirty powder. By seebass, December 15, 2013 in Reloading Forum. Turned out beautiful! That powder is on the slow side for loading the .223, slower than other powders listed in all the manuals I looked at. As I was just starting out, I wanted a powder that would suit both bullets to keep things simple and keep costs down. N133 and 8208 have shot the best with 8208 shooting the best. From a bench and sandbags, it will literally shoot 1 hole groups all day. Hornady Vmax 55gr. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts, QuickLoad- 223, 30-06, 9mm, 44 Mag, 10mm, 454 Casull, RCBS RCS, 7RM, 300BLK, 6.5x47L, 30-06, 556, 6.5G. Just about any powder will work with that bullet. Hornady 53gr Vmax. N133 and 8208 have shot the best with 8208 shooting the best. (1:7 twist) My best powder for 55 gr v-max was Benchmark. X-Terminator and Accurate 2230 are both specifically designed for 55 grain pills in.223. Silver $$ Contributor. My favorite powder for the .223 is IMR 8208 XBR. I have worked with H380, CFE 223, Varget, IMR 8208 XBR, and RL-17. Where is the best place to start? I also recently gave Varget a try with a 55gr bullet and was amazed at the accuracy. I have used TAC, Varget both with great success. share. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, Press J to jump to the feed. V-Max??? 24.3g of IMR8208XBR is the OCW load for his rifle and shoots 0.5MOA out to 300 yards. Hodgdon lists H380 for over 65 cartridges but not for the .223, I would pay attention to that fact. Re: AR Powders for: .223 55gr-69gr meters well I do it all the slow way but I've had excellent accuracy with W-748 (BL-C2 also). +1  for tac  one of the best groups ive shot .55 gr pills h335 nice to shoot also .my ar loves the tac, SIG MCX Rattler - First Impressions w/ Jeff Gonzales, [ARCHIVED THREAD] - Best Powder for 55gr SP 223, http://img116.imageshack.us/img116/7246/10606536zw.jpg. Loaded qty 50 and another 50 with X-terminator up to 26.3gr (per published load data). It's not a problem, but there are better powders out there for .223 w/ 55gr projectiles. alaskan_9974 Replies: 4 Views: 96 1/20/2021 10:04 PM Grendelsbane Minimizing SD/ES, possible bad sizing? VMAX here pretty soon and would like some opinions on powder. Best commercial brand hands down = Outback Ammo 55 grain Sierra BK This stuff us amazing. Meters like water. 12 0 0. Supporter. 32 comments. So i am new to the reloading game and own a tikka t3x lite in 223 with a 1:8 twist. 24.3g of IMR8208XBR is the OCW load for his rifle and shoots 0.5MOA out to 300 yards. seebass 13 Posted December 15, 2013. seebass. The smallest group was 0.314", not bad IMO... Sierra 55gr GameKing bullet (#1390) 25.0gr Varget CCI-400 primer FC brass OAL = 2.255" Howa 1500 bolt action rifle With … My favorite go to load is also 25.0 gr H-335 with 55grain V-Max bullets. Link to post Share on other sites. Gold $$ Contributor. Reply to this topic; Start new topic ; Recommended Posts. accuracy report/ .223 poly tipped ammo discussion What's up guys, as some might know I like to do occasional threads about some of the products or kit that I really think excels in it's particular class and I honestly cannot find a better all around accurate commercial loading than this Hornady Vmax 55gr. Yee haw. Ill be shooting a 1:12 Sako 85. Posts: 11,059 Load the same powder for both bullets. I know my Tikka T3x Varmint in .223 1/8 twist loves factory Hornady VMAX 55g cartridges. The best powder is the one that works best with your rifle and your projectiles. According to my new Hornady 9th Edition Reloading … You can get picky about finding the best when stuff is back to normal. Living in Fairbanks with sparce powder selections. Savage 12 F/TR in .223. I don't use it anymore because it's more temperature sensitive than the extreme extruded powders. (remember 5.56 is hotter than .223). Thread starter Hornady; Start date Feb 6, 2017; 1; 2; 3; Next. Caution though, it … Really the manufacturers of the bullets you are using have already ran their own test data on the most accurate powder for their bullets. (1:7 twist) My best powder for 55 gr v-max was Benchmark. I have a Bolt action 1:10 twist and AR rifle 1:8 twist. 2nd place was IMR8208XBR and 3rd was Varget. I have a Weatherby Vanguard in .223 that is around 15 years old. I used it for all loads in my 1..9 Remmy 700 and it was very consistent and metered very well. Last week I developed my first ever hand loads, both in .223. 100 .223 Nickel Plated Speer, 55gr Hornady V-Max with 26.6gr CFE223. For example, Reloder 7 is an excellent choice for bullets weighing anywhere from 40 to 55 grains, but the slower burning Reloder 15 is a better choice for those weighing 60 grains and up. Yes certain combinations seem to work better than others but it really is hard to make a bad load. My general purpose load of H-335 with the 55 Gr. My 24" bolt gun preferred Factory 55gr V-Max for accuracy up to 500 yards, where I'd be shooting these reloads. 2nd choice would be 335. No doubt that it will shoot small groups with Varget but you can get same small group and a bunch more velocity with faster burn rate powders. When I was researching which powder to use for 223 I came across an article which recommended IMR 3031 because it was the powder Armalite used when designing the AR-15. I got a good load for the Winchesters. It measures very consistently. Also burns clean in my rifle. I use a small rifle magnum primer for the 335, std small rifle primer for varget. Sub moa is fine, im loading for speed and cost. Feb 12, 2017 #42 Hornady said: i went with 1KG of N130 because my 1:12 runs lighter loads. I'm looking for some loads using CFE .223 with 50gr v-max and also 55gr FMJBT. I'm seeing that CFE 223 is a tad slower burning. Cookies help us deliver our Services. Reply. Some of the suggestions below you are good; Power Pro, AR Comp, CFE and Ball C2. The thread is titled "the best powder for .223 55 and 62 grn?" NES Member . Thread starter Hornady; Start date Feb 6, 2017; Prev. I may be stating the obvious here but I would take your list of powders that are in your manual for .223 55gr down to the store with you and buy WHATEVER is on the list that you can find, for starters. I will have to keep my eye out for it then. February 7, 2011, 08:37 PM #2: kraigwy. Killed many groundhogs and coyotes with that load. With 55 vmax, 62 tsx and 75 Amax. I have a ton of single shot brass from the rifle, just need to fill them with powder and primers. The Hodgdon Reloading Data Center (RDC) lists 21 different powder types that can be used in the .223. I also shot 80 gr Berger VLD and the XBR worked best for me. I am shooting an S&W M&P 15 with 1/8 twist. Although the .223 Remington is often considered inadequate for deer-sized game, when loaded with a bullet designed for the task, it will kill deer reliably. Going to try CFE-223 soon though. 40 grainers, 4336 fps, and 55 gr.bergers 3771fps. What is the best .223 powder for 55 grain bullets? I personally use win748 because it's versitile enough for .223, 6.5 Grendel and my .308. H-335. For 223, with 50-55gr bullets, I would recommend Varget, RL-15, or H322. Yes it is a fast powder but it gives amazing results in my rifle and because I use less than I would with N133 (probably the more popular 223 powder) I get a few more bangs out of a tub. Powder Bul Weight C.O.L. So, what is the best powder for 55gr bullets? Reply. Okay, I can't help myself, the best 223 powder happens to be the one you are lucky enough to find in stock. This stuff shoots well in all my .223's and is a joy in the powder measure. Okay, I can't help myself, the best 223 powder happens to be the one you are lucky enough to find in stock. This is not a compressed load; it meters good (much+++ better than Varget) and shoots like a champ. Close. 4895 (either H or IMR) is a good powder for the .223 all around. With a 40gr v max and 26.5gr of benchmark I was getting 3,321 avg. Apr 6, 2013 #3/35 … I would suggest that one always work up loads with single pounds of powder before investing in an 8 pound keg of a powder that one has to ask for loads for. Seems like it compressed before max load in 223. Testing H322 and Varget powder. I'm going to start reloading .223/5.56 55gr and am looking for powder recommendations. bullets? I've been loading 55 grain amax, SP or those cheap midway dogtown bullets over 25.5 grains of Varget for some time now. Varget IS the standard though, best groups with 69 gr SMK's. I was sick this week and my voice was pretty well gone. I use it in a bull barrel RRA AR-15, CMMG M4 clone, Mossberg MVP and a Savage Model 11. Quote ; Share this post. 81 0 0. But looking to pick up some powder for my .223 bolt gun next trip to the reloader supply store. Best commercial brand hands down = Outback Ammo 55 grain Sierra BK … A certain rifle may or may not shoot well with certain powders and I am not rich enough to buy unproven powders to try them out. but wanting to get input for loading varget under hornady's 55 gr. By using our Services or clicking I agree, you agree to our use of cookies. That seems to be the load for the 52g Amax and 53g SMK. I, like others here have only loaded pistol rounds but am ready to move to rifle rounds. 40X Guy . Depends on what the rifle likes. The best powder is the one that works best with your rifle and your projectiles. I use varget with mine, probably at the mid range of the charge data. Go. I have found that 335 does really well with the 40 grain vmax. PennyPincher. Joined Aug 27, 2007 Messages 13,846 Likes 7,341 Location Texas. Jul 15, 2013 #2 My old PD hunting load consisted of Winchester brass, Nosler 40 grain BT, Fed. I tried W748 with Winchester 55gr PSP and Nosler shots. 2nd place was IMR8208XBR and 3rd was Varget. Yesterday I made the switch from H-335 to Hodgdon CFE 223 powder. of H-335. I dunno if H4350 would be ideal considering how slow it is. What's the downside to these powders? Subscribe to our monthly Newsletter to receive firearm news, product discounts from your favorite Industry Partners, and more. Here's some Data 2200 goodness from a few years ago. What I've found and used are W746 and Alliant AR … Those pills have some crazy good BC. 10 shots, 100 yards. ShootDots. Benchmark has been a great powder for me in many .223 loads. Lots of choices out there. Best powder for 53gr Vmax 223. Best commercial brand hands down = Outback Ammo 55 grain Sierra BK This stuff us amazing. Feb 6, 2017 #1 Can anyone recommend me a fast powder. Re: Favorite Powder for 52gr./53gr. Reloading for the .223 is easy and there are a number of great powder choices. Ben using .55gr vmax in front of 26gr Varget with a 7-1/2Remington primer. Factors to consider are clean burning, temp sensitivity, consistency, accuracy, efficiency, metering does not matter, I weigh every charge by hand and then load cases one at a time. 9 0 0. The above suggestions are good, I'd like to add AA2230 to the list. - 09/11/16. Rating - 100%. Trade Member. Some of the powders that have proven to be ideal for use in the .223 with bullets in the light to medium weight ranges are a bit quick in burn rate for the heavyweights. Powders can be expensive and would like to get something that is "close" to start. All Rights Reserved. Is there a preferred powder I should look for to use in target shooting. I shot several sub 1/2 MOA groups @100 yards with that ammo. Never measured groups, they were all good and tight. Thanks. 52gr Amax because people say they are very accurate … 223 Rem accuracy is more a function of bullet weight and rate of twist than powder. bullet in .223 Remington. I switched over all my .223 match ammo from to Alliant AR-COMP a couple years ago. I can get H322 or the CFE223 i know for defo locally. I've had good luck with AA2230 with 55gr and 64gr bullets too. This is the powder I was going to try first, mainly because it's velocity/pressure ratio looked pretty good and it's supposedly pretty much   the standard MIl-Spec powder, along with IMR 4895. I will throw in another vote for Win 748. I have 223 dies on order and wanted to ask if others can provide feedback to the best powders for use on the 550B for 223/5.56. I also like Varget for heaver loads (>65gr) but most loads will be compressed and you will not get the velocity you will get with CFE-223, H335 or X-Term. The "classic" .223/5.56mm powder is H335. Never killed coyotes with them but killed lots of prairie dogs. I am shooting an S&W M&P 15 with 1/8 twist. I've never had any issues shooting these weights out of my 8" twist rifles. Want to load 55 gr fmj Hornady for fur hunting and locating powders for this is at best frustrating. My favorite 3 powders for 223 are.....H335, TAC AA2230. On a more serious note, I've been loading handgun for nearly 40 yrs, but fairly new to the 223/556. Bullets? Works good with no problems in my RR AR Match rifle. Any suggestions? On a more serious note, I've been loading handgun for nearly 40 yrs, but fairly new to the 223/556. AR15.Com reserves the right to overwrite or replace any affiliate, commercial, or monetizable links, posted by users, with our own. I have shot H335, N133, Benchmark, Varget and IMR8208 XBR in my FIL's Rem 700 SPS. Need advice on powder/load for a 40 gr. I am with Iowegan, varget is a great powder for the .223. thanks in advance. What 55gr sp? Some say it doesn't meter well in the Dillon dump; I've had no problems. Optimal powder for .223 50 grain VMax Optimal powder for .223 50 grain VMax. Apr 3, 2019 #2/36 It's all I've ever used. 100 .223 Nickel Plated Speer, 55gr Hornady V-Max with 26.6gr CFE223. Location: Wyoming. Any use of this content without express written consent is prohibited. My favorite 3 powders for 223 are RE-15, BLC2, AA-2230. One for 69gr SMKs and one for 55gr V-max. I have a Weatherby Vanguard in .223 that is around 15 years old. Best powder for 53gr Vmax 223. What I've found and used are W746 and Alliant AR-Comp. Not asking for specific load data only the powders that others here have successfully used. This stuff shoots well in all my .223's and is a joy in the powder measure. Savage 12 F/TR in .223. What is the best powder choice? The h335 I run with a 40 grain vmax in my mini target. I get great accuracy with a 55gr vmax. Go to their website or call them and it should be listed. Knuckle Dragger. Apr 6, 2013 #2/35 BL-C(2) Reply. I found that TAC is the most accurate for 40-55g VMAX in my rifle, Varget a close second. Fast and accurate and temp stable would be good. I can't seem to find alot of load info withe CFE powder since it's relatively new any help would be appreciated. Whats your favorite powder for .223 rem 55 grain bullets? That seems to be the load for the 52g Amax and 53g SMK. I'm not finding any Reloader 15 load data for a 55grain Hornady VMax. I got a good load for the Winchesters. It has a better bc than any of the 55's. BLC-2. I use the h4895 with a 75 grain bthp match bullet in my 1n7 and 1n8 ar's. I use it, along with benchmark, h335 and h4895 for my .223's. From a 16" barrel. A database of .223 Remington handloads. OAL suggestions would be helpful too. Mine are clocking 3150fps with my accuracy point. Try: TAC. I know different rifles, twist and etc. Its a compromise powder. Knob Creek. Just started reloading, beginning with 6.5 Creedmoor- I know what powder to get because H4350 is the pet powder for that caliber. Rating - 100%. Turned out beautiful! H. Hornady Well-Known Member. My favorite load for 60 gr bullets: LC09 Brass CCI 400 Primers Hornady 60 gr Vmax Bullets IMR 8208 XBR 22.5 gr The Hornady Superperformance line of ammunition is some good stuff in all of my rifles, but you won't get load data from Hornady. If its a Sierra, you won't have much trouble getting it to shoot. I use it in a bull barrel RRA AR-15, CMMG M4 clone, Mossberg MVP and a Savage Model 11. Thread starter Hornady ; Start date Feb 6, 2013 in reloading Forum good. For that caliber try H335 many.223 loads gr H-335 with 55grain v-max.... 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