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.223 load with .55 gr. Hndy spire point

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by newreloader, Jul 17, 2013.

  1. newreloader

    newreloader Active Member

    Looking for advice for loading my mini 14 .223. Purchased some Hornady .55 gr. spire point bullets and wondered what would be a good powder to use and starting loads? Appreciate any advice. Thank you, and safe shooting.
  2. 45lcshooter

    45lcshooter Well-Known Member

    55gr is about the most standard load for a Mini 14 or a AR-15 chambered in 223.

    Powders that go in my 223 are AR-COMP, H335, H380, IMR4895, Varget. But there are many many powders for 223 out there.

    Your also looking for starting loads. Any manual with in the last 40ish years, has load data for "start" and "max data". If you have no manual, please make that your next purchase. Some powder companies have load data for their powder online, but that does not take the place of a good manual.
  3. GT1

    GT1 Well-Known Member

    I guess the best way to decide is what powders you have/can get.

    H335 is usually the favored ball type, Varget and IMR4895 seem to be popular on the other side. Starting loads are listed on any manufacturer's website, or check your loading manual.

    All I load in .223 is 55 gr. I like A2230, H335, CFE223 because AR loading is like pistol, way too many rounds needed and ball powder meters great on the press.
  4. PJSprog

    PJSprog Well-Known Member

    Absolutely, what everyone else said ... buy a manual (at least one). It should be your next purchase, before you buy any powder or primers or anything else. Read it cover to cover before you load anything. Also, I know Hodgdon has a good listing on their website.

    Welcome to reloading! Be safe, and enjoy.
  5. Lennyjoe

    Lennyjoe Well-Known Member

    I use H-335 for my 55 gr loads out of my AR's. Depending on what your LGS has, but the powders listed above are all good choices.
  6. newreloader

    newreloader Active Member

    55 gr spire pt.

    Thank you every one. Good advice, and I am looking into powders recommended now.
  7. kayaks

    kayaks Well-Known Member

    I use 26 grains of BLC(2) with 55 grain bullets for .223. Have also tried IMR4895 in the past. If we could get CFE223 in Alaska, I would try it. Been using BLC(2) since my first .222 caliber rifle.
  8. KansasSasquatch

    KansasSasquatch Well-Known Member


    Anything on that chart from about 69 to 103 should work OKAY (and a few others that weren't around when the chart was published) but it will depend on what bullet weight you're using. But the sweet spot for most semi-autos will probably be between 76 and 96. I would look for anything in that range first. You'll just have to experiment with a few different powders until you find a combo that you and your rifle like. BUT ALWAYS FOLLOW PROPER WORK UP PROCEDURE AND USE PUBLISHED DATA. I always use a combination of at least 2 manuals and the website of the powder manufacturer, you never know if there's a mis-print unless you can verify a load with another source.
  9. horseman1

    horseman1 Well-Known Member

    I use that load as well, Kayaks.
  10. jlucke69

    jlucke69 Well-Known Member

    I load this bullet with 26.5g of Varget. Worked well in my Mini and AR. Now I use the same load in a Rem bolt. Nice thing about Varget is it is very versatile and will load multiple calibers. This allows me to buy bulk and save money.
  11. flipajig

    flipajig Well-Known Member

    I'm loading IMR 8208 XBR in my contender and working up loads for my AR useing the same powder.
  12. 7mmsavage

    7mmsavage Well-Known Member

    Thanks for linking that burn rate chart and the tips on semi autos Sasquatch.
  13. newreloader

    newreloader Active Member

    55 gr spire pt. for 223

    Yes, thanks Sasquatch and to all for the advice. Im writing this down now. Much appreciated.
  14. newreloader

    newreloader Active Member

    .55 gr spire point powder

    I found some IMR4198 powder at a local street sale, $25.00 a lb.
  15. SpentCasing

    SpentCasing Well-Known Member

    Buy a Hornady load book first. Look at the listed data. Then buy a powder based on what is available at your LGS and in your book. Personally, I use CFE223 and am very happy with its results and ease of metering. Good luck!
  16. eam3clm@att.net

    eam3clm@att.net Well-Known Member

    The 4198 should cycle your mini 14. You wont get the highest velocity by the time you max out on the powder charge. I loaded some of the same bullets on top of a little more than 19 grains of IMR4198 ( I think 19.6grains). It cycled my ar15, but it didn't seem like it would take much less for it not to cycle.
  17. Ray P

    Ray P Well-Known Member

    BLC-(2) works very well under 55 gr BTFMJs from Hornady for my .223.
  18. cfullgraf

    cfullgraf Well-Known Member

    I use Accurate 2230 with 55 grain bullets in 223 Remington.

    I have been wanting to try CFE223 but have not had time and Accurate 2230 works so well for me.

    An aside, I do use CE23 in my 204 Ruger loads.
  19. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    I use almost nothing but H335 in semi-auto .223 ammo. I like the 55gr bullet too. In a bolt action rifle I have found Varget to be extremely accurate.
  20. newreloader

    newreloader Active Member

    55 gr spire pt

    Thanks for the tips everyone. Great site and advice. I pretty much get what ever is around, the way it is these days. I do have a Lymans 49 manual. Pretty new to all this, but slowly getting there, especially with the help from you folks, and others. Safe shooting.

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