Hodgen cfe powder


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jack44
June 22, 2012, 10:51 AM
Has anybody used this in the .223 rem yet ?

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jack44
June 22, 2012, 06:54 PM
It seems like no one uses it here.

HOOSIER70
June 22, 2012, 07:33 PM
I have loaded a few rds with it but have yet to fire them yet. I'll let you know how it works out.

jack44
June 22, 2012, 08:22 PM
sounds good

cfullgraf
June 22, 2012, 08:29 PM
I loaded up some 17 Remington with the CFE223 powder. The starting loads from the Hodgdon magazine blew out the primers in my 17 Remington AR. The velocity was a little lower when compared to my current favorite 17 Remington loads.

They seemed to work ok in my bolt gun. I did not shoot any for accuracy though. I am pondering what to do next. Maybe trying it in the 223 Remington.

j. rap.
June 22, 2012, 08:31 PM
i bought a pound but i am waiting to get my new single stage press. Upgrading from an old rcbs rc2 to a redding big boss 2. Mostly cause i am now loading 300win mag and 7mm rem mag. Getting back to the powder i expect it to work as described. Hodgon makes great powders

J_McLeod
June 22, 2012, 11:17 PM
I've loaded a few hundred with it. I like enough I'll probably buy more when it runs out. It's clean, and I get decent groups from start - midrange loads.

Tim the student
June 23, 2012, 12:45 AM
I want to say I saw Ol Farmer Buck post a load with it, but I am far from certain. It may be with a PM.

climbnjump
June 23, 2012, 01:17 AM
I have only had a chance to try one load using CFE223 in my .223: 27.7gr under HDY 53gr V-MAX, WSR primer. The ave of 7 shots was 3235 fps in my 700 VTR. The target for that 7 shot string was at only 55 yds, but was one hole smaller than a dime.

Fanky
June 23, 2012, 02:52 AM
Has anyone tried this powder out in a .260 Rem yet? I have a pound of it sitting around, and I don't have an AR anymore, hoping I can make some use of it.

ArchAngelCD
June 23, 2012, 05:24 AM
I have only had a chance to try one load using CFE223 in my .223: 27.7gr under HDY 53gr V-MAX, WSR primer. The ave of 7 shots was 3235 fps in my 700 VTR. The target for that 7 shot string was at only 55 yds, but was one hole smaller than a dime.
That group was 7 rounds??? Even at only 55 yards that's a very good group. BUT, can you, have you done that with other powders?

flhtcuibyhd
June 23, 2012, 07:49 AM
I tried some for the first time last weekend, and it was not as accurate as TAC in the same load setup. My results are below.

Primer Powder Grains Brass Bullet Grains Group Size AVG Velocity
Wolf 223 TAC 24.5 Remington Hornady VMAX 55 1/2 low & 1/2 left; 1/2 group 2937

Wolf 223 CFE 223 26.5 Remington Hornady VMAX 55 1/2 low & 3/4 left; 1 3/8 group 3038
Wolf 223 CFE 223 27.0 Remington Hornady VMAX 55 7/8 left, 1.25 group 3119
Wolf 223 CFE 223 27.5 Remington Hornady VMAX 55 3/4 low & 1 left; 1.5 group 3150

I plan to try a different bullet next weekend. The TAC load at 24.5 grains was the top of my load tries.

jack44
June 23, 2012, 09:23 AM
My Savage has a 1 in 9 twist rate so I will use Hornady 60gr vmax with the powder.

climbnjump
June 23, 2012, 12:59 PM
That group was 7 rounds??? Even at only 55 yards that's a very good group. BUT, can you, have you done that with other powders?

Yes, that rifle will do that with several bullet/powder combinations. The attached target was also shot at 55 yrds, but was 5 shots, not 7. The flyer in that goup was the result of a bug that flew into my eye as I pressed the trigger, so it's 4 shots in that other hole.

It isn't a regular 700 VTR, but was one of a limited run made specifically For Cabela's. I explained it here:

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=432926&highlight=cabela+VTR

Scott_R
June 23, 2012, 09:24 PM
Meters like a dream, but I still have better results with 8208XBR.

69 SMK with CFE223:
25.7g
https://dl.dropbox.com/u/1209837/Reloading/Targets/5.56x45/20120317_69SMK/69SMK_CFE223_25.7_small.jpg

26.1g
https://dl.dropbox.com/u/1209837/Reloading/Targets/5.56x45/20120317_69SMK/69SMK_CFE223_26.1_small.jpg

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/1209837/Reloading/Targets/5.56x45/20120317_69SMK/69SMK_CFE223_26.1%28Target2%29_small.jpg

oneyeopn
July 6, 2012, 09:04 PM
I have been using it for my AR's with 55grain v-Max and z-max bullets 26.8gr cfe and with 68 gr BTHP Match with 25.8 cfe I dont have any target pictures to show you right now but they have been heck on prairie dogs well over 200 yards. The one thing I did notice when I chrony'd them was my standard deviation on 10 shot strings was +/-9 with the 55 gr and +/-7 with the 68 gr both running about 2990 fps. I am going to push the 55 gr up to 27.4 and I have some 53gr a-max that I am getting ready to load with 28gr of CFE,

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