.223 Powder


March 10, 2008, 10:28 PM
Getting ready to load .223 for the first time.

Here's my setup:

55g Hornaday FMJBT
Remington Brass (and Lake City after I remove the crimp)
Winchester WSR primers

What brand/type powder should I use.
These would be plinking rounds.

Shooting an AR and possibly Mini-14.

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March 10, 2008, 10:44 PM
Im going to start with H335 as Ive read many good reviews about that powder and .223. I chose CCI primers because they are said to be one of the harder primers, which I prefer with a floating firing pin.

March 10, 2008, 10:46 PM
Rather like Accurate 2230 or 2460 because they are a little cheaper and performance is excellent.

March 10, 2008, 10:47 PM
I like Ramshot TAC

Measures/flows like water, and burns super clean

March 10, 2008, 10:50 PM
I have a pile of Hodgdon 4895. Looked at load data in Hodgdon web site and tried it. Did very well. 4895 is pretty decent stuff and you can load about anything with it.

Quickdraw McGraw
March 10, 2008, 10:54 PM
Good results with H335 and Federal 205 primers.

March 10, 2008, 10:55 PM

March 10, 2008, 11:01 PM
I just made up my first batch with H335 and Wolf primers...worked well enough for me. Bought some TAC as well since it seems to be highly regarded here.

March 10, 2008, 11:06 PM
You can't go wrong with H-335

You can't go wrong with AA 2230C,,,very cheap powder

You can't go wrong with Hogdons BL-C-2

And for extreme accuracy, H 4895 is hard to beat.

The .223 cartridge is very forgiving with powder selection.

Great cartridge;)

March 10, 2008, 11:14 PM
Like everybody have said, I'll second.. Also I'll add Varget, does a very good job for me as well.. I like it all, I've not had a powder that I didn't like! The important thing is working up the correct load :) *finding the bullet weight that your gun likes is #1 IMO

March 10, 2008, 11:18 PM
I use AA 2230 now. Used to use H-335 but found it a little slow in my 11.5" barrell (with 4.5" Flash Supressor installed to make it legal) on my CAR-15. The AA2230 is cheaper, meters like a dream, and burns faster than the H-335 so I have less residue to clean out of the action.

March 11, 2008, 11:29 AM
I have had great results with H335 also. But recently I tried Hodgdon Benchmark and 45 grain Sierra Varminters. Great recipe. I used 25.5 grains and had groups less than 3/8". Hope it helps you.

good shooting

March 11, 2008, 01:30 PM
223 shoots well with alot of different powders. I have used H4895, rl15, and Varget with awesome results. Never used H335 but it seems to have a very large following and I wouldn't hesitate to use it.

March 11, 2008, 10:28 PM
I've loaded 250 rounds of .223 with Varget (69 gr. bullet). I rely on the Dillon Powder Measure that drops 24.9 to 25.2 grains (target is 25.0)This load and the rifle are better than the shooter.

Next I'm trying H4895.

I'm loading Radway Green and a CCI small rifle primer.

March 11, 2008, 11:06 PM
Picked up a pound of H4895 and promptly loaded 40 rounds when I got home. I hope they shoot as good as they look!

Thanks for the info.

March 11, 2008, 11:36 PM
Getting ready to load .223 for the first time.

Are you loading a pre-WW2 22Hornet?

March 11, 2008, 11:40 PM
I am surprised no one here is using Winchester 748.

March 11, 2008, 11:53 PM
I bought a pound of 748. It will be my third round of trials.

My neighbor shoot it and likes it....

March 12, 2008, 01:03 AM
AA2230, great bang for your buck. Meters very well through a progressive press.

BT 8541
March 12, 2008, 02:46 PM
Your useing a FMJ, don't expect the accuracy of a match bullet.
I'm useing the same componets that you listed with the exception of brass. And I am useing winchester.

Ramshot Tac is what I am useing for my blasting loads. I looked for an economical powder with decent accuracy and found it in Tac. 25.8 grains with a velocity of 2900fps and 10 shot groups that average 1 in at 100yds.

This load works great in my 3 ARs.

Steve 48
March 12, 2008, 04:09 PM
I use 28 grs of 748 with a 40 gr Nosler in my remington 700 and get dime size groups at 100 yds. I also use H335 for my AR. Steve48

March 12, 2008, 10:23 PM
My favorite .223 powder is IMR 3031. It is used in all my 45, 50 and 55 grain loads.

Dumpster Baby
March 14, 2008, 10:08 AM
H4895, H335, and IMR-748 in use here.

Dave R
March 14, 2008, 08:45 PM
H 335 for me.

(I also use the same powder for .308 and .17 centerfire.)

March 14, 2008, 09:18 PM
H4895 or IMR4895

Just my .02,

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