68Gr HPBT & CFE 223


January 15, 2013, 09:01 AM
Hello all, I was hoping someone had a recipe for the Hornady 68Gr HPBT and CFE 223
I ended up with 8lbs of it as I normally lode 55gr however I cant get my hands on any ATM. I have checked THR and googled it with little results.
16" Adams Arms 1/7 twist if it helps.
I have 300 that the misses got my for the holiday along with a powder order that never shipped. :cuss:

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January 15, 2013, 09:34 AM
Check Hodgdon's web site.


They have 69 HPBT and CFE223 data. It would be a good starting point for the Hornady 68 HPBTs.

January 16, 2013, 05:22 PM
Thanks I will give it a try.

January 16, 2013, 11:55 PM
Just be careful using 69 grain load data for the Hornady 68 gran HPBT because the Hornady bullet is longer in length, which tend to compress powder in a greater amount if loaded to the same COL.

For example, using Varget, max load for the SE 69 grain HPBT is 26 grains. Max load for the Hornady 68 grain HPBT (according to the Hornady reloading manual) is 24.9 grains.

January 17, 2013, 12:03 AM
Hornady #9 has the data you're looking for.
With a 68gr Hornady BTHP using CFE223, here is what they list:
22.5gr - 2500 fps
23.5gr - 2600 fps
24.4gr - 2700 fps
25.4gr - 2800 fps
26.3gr - 2900 fps
CFE223 is the only powder listed under the 2900 fps line, all others stop at 2800 fps.

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January 17, 2013, 08:59 AM
ArchAngelCD thank you for the data, I had wondered if they were going to to list it in 9. I was able to order some 55's from powdervalley yesterday, they got 20k lbs of sierra in. unfortunately they sold out of most of it pretty quickly.

January 17, 2013, 09:19 AM
Good thread. I recently bought an 8 pound keg of CFE 223. Have not had time to crack it open and hope it performs as advertised. When a fellow decides to go all freaky with his autoloader it would be nice to go longer without fouling issues and easier final clean up. Hogden also says it performs well in 22-250 and .308. I really hope its concept is sound and can work up a laser accurate load for 22-250. When I go on my biannual trips to Kolo"rad"o I always take my favorite 22-250 for a day or two is shooting prairie dogs. Some days you have so many of them rats hopping out of their hole you shoot the gun till it fouls and less time cleaning with more time zapping little varmint be more fun. So as anyone works up loads with this stuff share and I will do the same.

January 18, 2013, 08:59 AM
I have gotten excellent results loading for my 308 168g hornady match using 48.2 of CFE223 out of a 20" KA SR-25 ER more so than the hornady match ammo and at 1/2 the price.

I gave 25.9 of CFE with he 68 BTHP's yesterday out of my AA 16" and was surprised by the results. 100y I was able to place 3 shots in a silver dollar sized hole. For me and the cheap optics i put on the rifle I was rather impressed considering that any of the lodes between 23.4 and 25.2 were to embarrassing to mention. (Think pie pan) :-) the combo relay seems to like the 1/2 twist. I took my bushmaster along as well 1/9 16" Hbar and that didn't fare as well shot s were placed rather far apart aprox 2" I'm trying to figure out how to use this on target software so I can post my results. I think im going to try and bump the 25.9 to 26.3 and see how it goes I noticed no over pressure as of yet. I'll most this weekends finding.

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