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i need some load data fo 34 and 35 grain 223 loads.

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by RevolverMan567, Jan 3, 2009.

  1. RevolverMan567

    RevolverMan567 Well-Known Member

    I have some Midway "Varmint nightmare" 34 grain JHP (which I beleive are the old hornady SX bullets) and some 35 grain v-max bullets and I want o load them in my 223 to see if it shoots well for an upcoming prairie dog hunt. but i cant find any loading data for these bullet weights.

    I need some help ladies and gents and would greatly appreciate it.
  2. rfwobbly

    rfwobbly Well-Known Member

    Start here...

    Hodgdon Reloading Data Center

    That will cover IMR, Hodgdon, and Winchester powders and loads. If you can't find it there, then it's not gonna be found !!
  3. NCsmitty

    NCsmitty Well-Known Member

    Do you mean Midsouth "Varmint nightmare"?
    Midway has the "Dog Town" bullets.
    Anyway, go to www.Hodgdon.com or your manuals and use the loads for 40gr bullets. The bullet weight is close enough to give you the velocity and perhaps the accuracy you need and be on the safe side.
    Work up your loads safely.

  4. RevolverMan567

    RevolverMan567 Well-Known Member


    but i looked at hodgdon and it doesnt go ay lower than 40 grainers.
  5. fireman 9731

    fireman 9731 Well-Known Member

    what twist rate is your .223? because if its very fast like 1:9 or so, you are likely to be spinning the bullets apart at very high velocities...
  6. RevolverMan567

    RevolverMan567 Well-Known Member

    its a remington 700, 1-12 twist, should be fine, just need to know if using the minimum load data for the 40 grainers will be safe enough to start with,
  7. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    I would start a tad under the max for 40 grain bullets. :)
  8. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Lyman #49 has load data for the 36 gr Varmint Grenade.

    Most accurate load is shown as:
    Also a MAX LOAD
    AA-2015 - 26.5C - 3547 FPS - 51,700 CUP.

    But they show 12 suitable powders, with a couple giving over 3,700 FPS at less pressure.

    Benchmark = 27.7C = 3,736 - 51,300 CUP
    BL-C(2) = 30.2C = 3,723 - 50,600 CUP

  9. Uncle Chan

    Uncle Chan Well-Known Member

    I found this load data in my database:

    223 Remington 33gr bullet
    Blue Dot 15gr 3500fps
  10. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Loads like that scare the beJesus out of me!

    The pressure spike has got to be off the charts with a fast powder like Blue Dot!
    NO room for error.
    No room atall!

  11. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    The only primer I ever blew was playing with Blue Dot and the .22 Hornet, and I blew the L out of it. :eek:

    There is a THR member who swears by Blue Dot in the .223 though.
  12. NCsmitty

    NCsmitty Well-Known Member

  13. RevolverMan567

    RevolverMan567 Well-Known Member


    blc 2 is the powdr I was hoping of using because I have alot on hand, does it give a suggested started load?
  14. 627PCFan

    627PCFan Well-Known Member

    I load 35 gr Hornady vmax, and use 28 grains of Varget or BlC2 and set the bullet just kissing the lands- No signs of pressure to date.
  15. NCsmitty

    NCsmitty Well-Known Member

    Read all the posts!

    RevolverMan567, if you would read the posts, you would see that the advice was to use the data for the 40gr. bullets at the Hodgdon site. They have loads for BLC2. use the recommended starting load for the 40gr and you should be safe and probably have a little more velocity than is listed.

  16. robctwo

    robctwo Well-Known Member

    I just got a box of the 34 gr Dog Town bullets from Midway. I think I'll load them with BLC2 and H4895. I like Varget but seem to have more trouble getting it in case mouths under .243. I had looked at the Hodgdon site before Googling and had decided that since most loads were the same for 40 and 45 gr bullets it would be reasonable to use that data for the 34 gr.
  17. RevolverMan567

    RevolverMan567 Well-Known Member

    thanks for all the replies,

    NcSmitty sorry, didnt seem to catch that part, although i did read all the post. apologies if i hurt your feelings.

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