best metering powder for .223


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hvychev77
February 5, 2012, 06:23 PM
Hey guys, i been loading some .223's for my AR. I have been using H4895 with pretty good luck. I been charging 24 grains using a 55 grain fmj, with c.o.l. @ 2.26-2.25. So far, it's ran well but i've noticed using the auto double disc on my Lee turret press that sometimes the powder charge will vary just a tad bit somewhere around + or - .2 to .3 grains. I'm below what the data says is max (26 grains) and am wondering what everyone else uses or suggestions......hvychev77

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Walkalong
February 5, 2012, 06:26 PM
Any ball powder will meter the best, followed by small kernel stick powders like H-322.

hvychev77
February 5, 2012, 06:35 PM
thanks for the quick response. do you have a recommendation on a powder? i'm fairly new to reloading and want to use the safest powder for a newbie.........i'm guessing a slower powder? cheers......hvychev77

NeuseRvrRat
February 5, 2012, 06:44 PM
H335 is very popular for .223/5.56. it meters very well through my RCBS Uniflow. i use a baffle.

with that said, you probably won't notice +/-.2 or .3 grains from most ARs, especially with FMJ. it wouldn't worry me enough to change my whole setup unless i was loading near max loads. might be worth your time to try a ball powder like Walkalong suggested.

mtrmn
February 5, 2012, 07:39 PM
TAC, H335, Accurate 2230, WCC844 are all ball powders and meter like water. 24.5 gr TAC w/55 gr fmj is my basic bulk/practice/plinking load. All those mentioned are pretty much the same performance-wise.

WCC844 is the cheapest--it's military powder and you have to buy a minimum of 8 lbs. About $95.00/8lb. With shipping/hazmat you really need to buy more than 8 lb to save money.

RVenick
February 5, 2012, 08:11 PM
I use AA2230 meters great. I get about 2970 fps using 24.5g behind a Mil-spec 55g bullet.

wingman
February 5, 2012, 08:19 PM
Best loads for my AR is using Reloader 7 and Sierra 52gr Match: Under 1.0
at 100 yards.

tlen
February 5, 2012, 08:45 PM
+1 Accurate 2230

icanthitabarn
February 5, 2012, 09:34 PM
+1 2230

One78Shovel
February 5, 2012, 09:42 PM
H335 is very popular for .223/5.56. it meters very well through my RCBS Uniflow. i use a baffle.

with that said, you probably won't notice +/-.2 or .3 grains from most ARs, especially with FMJ. it wouldn't worry me enough to change my whole setup unless i was loading near max loads. might be worth your time to try a ball powder like Walkalong suggested.
+1 on H335

-178S

straitnate14
February 5, 2012, 09:52 PM
25 gr of tac and a 55gr bullet is my cheap plinking round of choice.

J_McLeod
February 5, 2012, 10:35 PM
I haven't shot enough to really pick one over the other, but BL(C)-2, CFE-223 and H335 all meter very well.

squarles67
February 5, 2012, 10:35 PM
I've had good luck with Win 748 in my Pro Auto disc in .223

ArchAngelCD
February 5, 2012, 10:38 PM
H-322, H-335 and W748 are all good metering powders and work well in the .223. H-335 is the "classic" .223 powder as is it's surplus counterpart, WC-844...

Vartarg
February 5, 2012, 10:55 PM
W748

codefour
February 6, 2012, 12:11 AM
It may not be the best metering, but Varget is hard to beat. In my UNiflow, I usually am right on with an occasional +/- 0.1 grain with a very rare +/- 0.2 grains variance.

I just like the results I have had with Varget. For me, if it aint broke, don't fix it..

NeuseRvrRat
February 6, 2012, 12:20 AM
i like varget, but it meters terrible in my uniflow. however, i haven't tried it in the uniflow since i added a baffle, so maybe i should give it another chance. it was always really crunchy when i ran the handle up and down.

TwoEyedJack
February 6, 2012, 12:30 AM
H335, Win748, TAC, BL-C(2), AA2230, and AA2460 all work well with my Hornady and Dillon measures.

animator
February 6, 2012, 12:43 AM
H335 is my go-to for .223. Meters great with my lyman setup..

codefour
February 6, 2012, 01:13 AM
I forgot to mention, the baffle in my Uniflow helped a lot re: accurate Varget drops. My error..

hvychev77
February 6, 2012, 05:21 AM
thanks for all the responses!! i guess i'm going to give a couple new powders a try and see what i come up with. Once again, the high road just floods the info. to ya! thanks again guys.............hvychev77

beatledog7
February 6, 2012, 07:18 AM
Varget is my favorite .223 powder, but it can be a PITA to meter:

i like varget, but it meters terrible in my uniflow. however, i haven't tried it in the uniflow since i added a baffle, so maybe i should give it another chance. it was always really crunchy when i ran the handle up and down. (emphasis added)

Great way of saying it, NeuseRvrRat! Acts the same in my LNL measure, yet the resulting charge is always +/- a tenth. H335 meters more smoothly in the LNL, but I still like Varget.

wild willy
February 6, 2012, 09:53 AM
How well does imr 8208 meter?

gregj
February 6, 2012, 09:59 AM
Another vote for H335 and TAC. But the best metering powder may not yield the best results in your rifle. I like Varget, and will be testing Reloader 15, but in my LNL the long grain causes the powder drop to hang and I wind up crushing the case mouth inward. So for powder like these, I dip and trickle the loads.

moxie
February 6, 2012, 04:50 PM
W748 meters like water but requires 25-26 gr. RE7 and RE10X are a bit crunchy, but only require about 21.3-21.5 for a perfect load, yielding 50-60 more rounds per pound than 748. The crunchiness, while annoying, doesn't make much difference in the real world.

NuJudge
February 6, 2012, 04:55 PM
748 for 50-55gr bullets.

Scott_R
February 6, 2012, 09:02 PM
How well does imr 8208 meter?

I get excellent metering with 8208. I use a polished Uniflow with a baffle and micrometer adjustment screw.

The micrometer doesn't help with metering, but it helps me get closer, faster since I wrote down where it was last time.

45ACPUSER
February 6, 2012, 10:27 PM
For mid to heavy weight bullets with great accuracy potential and reasonable cost.. TAC!

MAG-63
February 6, 2012, 10:40 PM
Another W748 fan here.

wanderinwalker
February 6, 2012, 10:42 PM
... with that said, you probably won't notice +/-.2 or .3 grains from most ARs, especially with FMJ. it wouldn't worry me enough to change my whole setup unless i was loading near max loads. might be worth your time to try a ball powder like Walkalong suggested.

+1 to this. Most bulk full metal jacket bullets, in most 16" AR carbines, you're looking at 2-MOA or so. This is within the range of +/- .2grains.

Anyway, if you'd like something better metering, try out Winchester 748. It meters like water and gives great accuracy for me with <60gr .223 loads at 100 yards. My favorite is a max charge of 748, a CCI Magnum primer and a 52gr match hollowpoint. Great short range target round in my AR.

The other powders I've used a lot in .223 are RL-15 and Varget. I really like Varget (at least, I think I do, I've burned out 2 match barrels using it so far... :neener: ). Using the inexpensive little LEE Perfect Powder measure, neither has ever given me any consistency issues with metering. And the results down range have always been satisfactory.

4895
February 6, 2012, 10:52 PM
Varget meters pretty good in my LEE PERFECT POWDER MEASURE. I can't get it to run better than +- .4 grains with my OHAUS powder measure (works great for 296 unlike my Lee). I recently bought some BLC-2 to try out. I wouldn't be afraid to purchase a lb. of H335 and try it out. If my loads with BLC-2 work out well, I prolly won't switch. If not, I will be trying H335. Varget is great and I love it, but it cost a little bit more and works even better in some other calibers I load.

J_McLeod
February 6, 2012, 11:08 PM
Varget has metered well out of my Perfect Powder measure as well. Haven't tried it in my LNL yet. If it works there, it might be my powder after I dispose of the 7 lbs of Hodgdon Ball powders I have. Next one to try is H335 and shoot some more CFE.

oldreloader
February 6, 2012, 11:43 PM
I like AA 2230

jack44
February 7, 2012, 09:53 AM
When I had the 223 I use to use varget.

beatledog7
February 7, 2012, 11:25 AM
but in my LNL the long grain causes the powder drop to hang and I wind up crushing the case mouth inward.

This refers to a LNL AP, of course. A single stage press of any make would not have this issue.

kennedy
February 7, 2012, 03:03 PM
I use varget with my lee double disk, and as long as I wack it with a handle of a screw driver the loads are consistent.

CHALK22
February 7, 2012, 03:07 PM
+1 for TAC. My plinking loads with it are consistantly under MOA.

kreidel
February 7, 2012, 03:13 PM
I would say TAC is the best metering powder I have used.

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