Favorite Accurate powder for .223 Remington?


July 14, 2010, 06:52 PM
Hi All,

I currently use Hodgdon H4198 for my .223 rounds with good success, but cutting the sticks of powder in my RCBS Uniflow is a real pain and the smoothness of most charge strokes gets interrupted with a shearing action of one of the powder sticks. Thus I am 'in the market' for a new powder for this application and have recently gotten some Accurate #2 (for my .380 loads) that meters superbly (love the spherical powder).

Accurate lists 3-4 of their powders as being good for .223, but I was wondering what folks here like in the Accurate line.

I load 55gn FMJ-BT with cannelure and I have a carbine style AR with a 16 inch barrel with 1:9 twist.


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July 14, 2010, 07:11 PM
My favorite is a 75gr Hornady BTHP over either 24gr of Varget or 24gr of RL-15! That same load is equally as accurate with 77gr SMK

ole farmerbuck
July 14, 2010, 07:23 PM
IMR8208 in my AR's (55gr) and BL-c2 in the bolts (40gr). Have lots of H335 i have to find some use for.

July 14, 2010, 07:24 PM
Ive mostly used the IMR4895. The sticks of power our about half the length, and it has been a very accurate powder for me. I use it in my AR15 and have loaded 1000+ rounds with it. Also as Wahoo95 said Hodgdon Varget is another great powder for the 223 Rem.

July 14, 2010, 07:30 PM
All three of those are not Accurate brand powders, which is what the OP asked about. ;)

2230 & 2460 are the most commonly used in .223, with 2495 & 2520 getting some use. I have used 2015 in .222 Mag with good accuracy. It is a small stick powder and meters pretty well.

July 14, 2010, 07:31 PM
Consider this powder. It was designed for the .223, it pours like water out of a boot and for me produces the most accuracy at 10% under the max suggested loads.

I have loaded 10K + rounds for my Ar's and probably 500 precision rounds for my bolt gun. My .02 LM

July 14, 2010, 08:11 PM
Thanks to Walkalong and LittleMac for answering the question that I asked. :) Looks like 2230 will be what I will try, since as you say 2230 was designed for .223

Thanks also to the other guys for answering a different question but providing me with real good info as well.


ole farmerbuck
July 14, 2010, 09:22 PM
Well umm, the 2 powders i mentioned are accurate in my guns! :D

A and O
July 14, 2010, 09:28 PM
Another +1 on 2230. Just bought 32lbs. So it must be my favorite for 55gr and 62gr bullets.

July 14, 2010, 09:46 PM
TAC works very well for me, regardless of the bullet weight/type, there is always a TAC load to go with it.

Maj Dad
July 14, 2010, 10:45 PM
2520 is excellent for heavy (>55 gr) bullets, and 2230 & 2460 are great for almost all. 2520 is supposed to mirror 4895's pressures; that's hearsay as far as I'm concerned, but its excellent performance is my personal experience. Try them all & see what works for you.

July 14, 2010, 11:32 PM
2460 is like that bowl of porridge that Goldilocks liked so well. Not to hot. Not to cold. The speed is just right for 55 gr bullets in the .223 Rem.

Tim the student
July 15, 2010, 12:20 AM
I know this isn't the answer to the question you asked, but you may still find it beneficial. I'm with Buck on this one - 8208 is great. Meters well for me too.

July 15, 2010, 01:43 AM
Typically I use 2230 but I have used 2520 with no problems.

H335 is another good option.


July 15, 2010, 08:03 AM
+1 on AA2520. I've used it for almost 20 years in .308 and 30-06 with excellent results. Feeds like water through my Uniflo. AA recommends it with the heavier bullets for the .223.

Friendly, Don't Fire!
July 15, 2010, 08:47 AM
Barnes 62g TSX solid copper HP X bullet with 25.7g H335 and CCI 41 Mil-Spec primers. Chrono'd at 3,020 FPS

Armscor (inexpensive) 55g FMJ with 25.0g H335 and CCI 450 Small Rifle Magnum Primers. Chrono'd at 2,860 FPS

Both out of my Bushmaster 1:9 14.5" barrel with OEM 1.5" long Izzy Supressor (16" barrel length).

I suppose I could push them faster, however these loads seemed to be what the gun liked. If I hit a deer or black bear in the right spot with those Barnes X Bullets, I don't think the game is going to wonder whether another couple to several hundred feet-per-second would have hurt more (or less).

July 15, 2010, 08:48 AM
I've used a lot of 2015 in my 223. Good groups and velocity but as others have said Accurate makes several powders that are well suited. I settled on 2015 because it was also useful in a couple other calibers I load.

July 15, 2010, 09:12 AM
H335 is my favorite.

I think you will find that the more you load for .223 that the bullets will make a bigger difference in accuracy than the powder. Once I loaded 55 grain Hornady FMJs and Hornady 55 grain SPs with same powder charge of H335, same case, and same primer, the only difference was the bullets. Out of a 20 inch Bushmaster A2, the groups with the 55 grain SPs were half the size of the FMJs (FMJs had an exposed lead base, SPs did not). Experimenting with different bullets, including the match grade types like Sierras and Bergers, might dramatically increase accuracy.

Just my .02,

July 15, 2010, 10:37 PM
H335 and BL-C(2) are probably my favorite 223 powders,but I also use H322,Varget,Reloader 10X,Reloader 15,and IMR4198.
It all depends on the rifle I want to shoot,and the bullet weight that I choose to shoot with each rifle I have in that caliber.
I shoot 55gr-80gr bullets in each of my 223 caliber rifles.

I recently purchased an electric powder dispenser,so I don't worry about cutting powder much anymore.

July 16, 2010, 05:11 AM
Sorry, I haven't use Accurate powders for the .223 yet but you're right about how well ball powders meter. That's one of the reasons I like H335 in the .223. Sorry I couldn't help with the Accurate powders... (but I will take note of the suggestions already listed)

Welcome to the forum...

July 16, 2010, 12:57 PM
My two powders for 223, 55 and 62 grain bullets are H335 and W748. Both powder meter very good.

July 17, 2010, 11:09 AM
H322 with 52 SMK bullets in my XP-100R. Haven't shot a 40 in half-scale silhouettes yet, but I'm getting reeeeal close!!

Maj Dad
July 17, 2010, 11:17 AM
2520 is excellent for heavy (>55 gr) bullets, and 2230 & 2460 are great for almost all.

Having said that, I should have added that my best accuracy & consistency in my 16", 1/9 DPMS hvy bbl carbine is H335. I use the Accurate powders, but 335 is the more accurate... :rolleyes:

July 17, 2010, 05:04 PM
2230 and 2460 are nearly the same powder, 2460 is a tad slower so may be a bit more versatile in the 223, but remember each rifle is itsown individal case. 2520 is really a bit slow in the 223, most of the results Ive seen bear this out. I dont think you can go wrong with either 2230 or 2460.

July 17, 2010, 06:29 PM
My first choice is always WW 748..second is AA 2230. I use nothing else in my .223 except for those two powders.
BTW ...55 grain bullets are not "heavy" bullets for the .223...they are what the 5.56mm/.223 Rem cartridge was designed to use.

July 17, 2010, 07:50 PM
40 gr Sierra Blitzking over 22.2 gr H335 in my Savage 12FV today...

.132" :)


July 17, 2010, 10:37 PM
I use Winchester 748, and love it. I am surprised so few people have mentioned it. Have other had problems using 748?

Ky Larry
July 17, 2010, 11:06 PM
I've tried every powder mentioned and more but I still come back to AA-2460.Can't seem to find a bullet that doesn't like it. H-335, AA-2230, and TAC are very close. IMR-4320 and 60gr Hornady S.P. bullets shoot bug holes in my old Ruger 77V 2 tone. Get busy reloading and try some different powders. Keep us posted.

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