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223 powder

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by trigga, Jul 24, 2014.

  1. trigga

    trigga Well-Known Member

    I'm currently looking for aa2230 which I have loaded in the past but can't find none. A local store has w748, h322, h1000, h414, 8208, and 4064. Which will work best for 223? Thanks.
  2. moxie

    moxie Well-Known Member

    I would pick the W748. Good stuff.
  3. mdm

    mdm Well-Known Member

    I've done well with the 8208 XBR.
  4. Spade5

    Spade5 Well-Known Member

    I had good luck with H322

    I wish I could find some of this. I had good luck in the past. I am not saying it is the best but it worked for me.
  5. ironworkerwill

    ironworkerwill Well-Known Member

  6. Potatohead

    Potatohead Well-Known Member

    I really like xbr.

    RCModel uses W748 so i assume its pretty decent.
  7. Safetychain

    Safetychain Well-Known Member

    I am using Accurate 2460 for my AR right now. I only used this originally because I had it for my Win 94 30-30. Once I have powder and work up the an accurate load for a particular gun, its hard to start with another powder and work-up again. I'm still in the final stages of homing in on the load for my 223, and I'm doing this for two different 223's. Of course, if I can't get where I want, I may end up having to go to a more 223 friendly type powder. Then I will end up with 8+ lbs of powder for my 30-30 that I'm finding it hard to get reasonably priced projectiles for.
  8. kostner

    kostner Well-Known Member

    Got lucky on a 8 pound jug of INR 3031 and have be very happy with the results. Metering can be problematic with this type of powder. I'm using a Hornady powder measure and it is very accurate. Also found that this web site has good deals on powder www.gunbot.net/reloading/powder/
  9. trigga

    trigga Well-Known Member

    I'm leaning more towards the h322 or w748. I was able to find the h322 at two places and w748 we'll stocked at gander. They didn't have a price at gander but I would assume around mid 20's. I'm using the lee pro disc measure so hoping either would work well with that.
  10. spitballer

    spitballer Well-Known Member

    I prefer the 8028 because it's a stick powder and because it seems to work a little better with the heavier 60-65gr bullets which I shoot on occasion. I still have some W748 but I'm reluctant to use it again until I get some magnum primers because it doesn't seem to be especially clean burning with the CCI400's. Others may disagree with this.
  11. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    W-748 or H-335, then H-322. Haven't tried my pound of 8208 yet. Should work fine.
  12. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    IMO the best choice from those you listed is W748 followed by H322. I hear IMR 8208 XBR will also work well but i have never used it. I have used W748 with good success and since it's a ball powder it meters extremely well. 8208 XBR is the only one listed by Hodgdon for bullets over 80gr.
  13. alsaqr

    alsaqr Well-Known Member

    Since about 1968 i've been using IMR 3031 almost exclusively in my .223/5.56mm reloads. Way back then i experimented with all the available powders suitable for use in the .223. IMR 3031 won out hands down.

    The heaviest bullet i use in the .223 is 55 grains.
  14. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    While I respect "If it ain't broke don't fix it" in this environment finding your powder of choice is difficult at best and more so impossible. Being a one trick pony no longer works, I found that to be true first hand. Luckily I like to try a lot of different powders so I have load data for more than 1 powder in any given cartridge.

    IMR3031 is a very good powder but in the .223/5.56mm there are a lot of new powders available that will match and possible exceed 3031's performance. H335 is a standby, AA2230 was specifically designed for the .223, CFE223 was also specifically designed around the .223 too. BL-C(2) is a good choice in the .223 as is Benchmark, Varget, the above mentioned IMR 8208 XBR, Power Pro 1200-R, AR-Comp, RL-10x and a few Accurate, Ramshot and VV powders too.

    I have first hand load data for at least 4 powders for the .223/5.56mm and data from a friend for 4 more. I never thought I would need to have so many different loads but since 2008 it's been a necessity.
  15. moxie

    moxie Well-Known Member

    Don't forget RE-7. Great for .223 & economical too as it requires a bit less powder to achieve the same velocity.
  16. txwingnut

    txwingnut Member

    I just got some IMR 4064, Ive heard good things about it other than it doesnt meter real well. It seems to be very available right now so Ill work up some loads with it. I really want to use TAC but its hard to find.
  17. edfardos

    edfardos Well-Known Member

    Does arcomp work with 55grainers? Specs say only heavier bullets. Its a new powder and my local guy has some.
  18. trigga

    trigga Well-Known Member

    i ended up going to gander for the powder because it was closer. it ended up being $29.99 for a lb. overpriced as usual. Recobs sells them for $21.xx. I bought two because I had a $25 gift card. I went with w748. thanks guys.
  19. dprice3844444

    dprice3844444 member

    find out what powder works best in the calibers you have in stock.buy a bunch.less chance in accidently mixing powders
  20. alsaqr

    alsaqr Well-Known Member

    QUOTE]Being a one trick pony no longer works,[/QUOTE]

    Yep, i know there are lots of powders out there: Some are maybe better than IMR 3031. i reload for over 20 rifle calibers and stock too many different powders as it is.

    IMR 3031 works for me in the .223/5.56mm. Couple weeks ago i fired five five shot groups at 100 meters from my Remington model 700 varmint gun. Average group measured just less than .50".

    i ain't going to change.:D

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