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Anyone load down 223 loads with Blue Dot or Unique????

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by BHLBAMA, Apr 29, 2009.

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  1. BHLBAMA

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    Anyone else tryed loading some quiet loads with blue dot or unique for the 223???
     
  2. rcmodel

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    You can do it with cast bullets.

    I wouldn't try it with jacketed bullets, as sticking one in the bore is a very real possibility.

    That fast a powder cannot maintain adiquate bore pressure for the full length of a rifle barrel to keep a jacketed bullet moving at low velocity.

    Lyman #49 has load data for two different 55 grain cast bullets using Red Dot, 700X, Green Dot, Unique, AA #9, and several other powders.

    rc
     
  3. KS1911

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    Man, good question. I have a couple pounds of Blue Dot sitting in my basement and was wanting to do some .223 reloading with it. I realize I may have to put it with a 40 gr bullet, but can it be done? I have a 16" AR-15, a Bolt Action .223, and a small AR Pistol. Would any of these shoot the Blue Dot Powder?
     
  4. lgbloader

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    + 1 on what RC said. I wouldn't load reduced loads with Jacketed bullets but Red Dot and Unique would work with Lead.

    LGB
     
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    I used to use Blue Dot alot for 357 Mag cast bullets back in the day but I found a better result with a different powder. Nowadays, I found a new use for it, I am now loading Slugs for shotgun and I am using Blue Dot for this.

    Something to think about, with the shortage of small rifle primers, you may want to wait until the fuss is over to experiment with low velocity and only assemble using your pet loads... you never know when SHTF

    LGB
     
  6. Borg

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    I have one of the old Hercules
    (1990) pamplet that lists 2400 with a 55 gr bullet,, I think I have some older pamplets that go back to the 60' that might list the Blue Dot,, but they are in storage.
    Borg
     
  7. jerkface11

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    Make sure you're extra careful it'll be very easy to double or triple charge a case.
     
  8. iblong

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    Blue dot is one of my favorite powders for 223 bolt actions but may not cycle an auto.You need to go very slow and carefull loading blue dot,It may be reduced velocity but not low pressure.How reduced are you looking to go?
    I load mine down to Hornet velocity But you can run it down to 22 mag vel.
    Ive loaded it in40.45,50And 55gr hornady with great accuracy and consistancy.Im getting1/2"groups@100yds with 40gr v-max.
    Bob.
     
  9. popbang

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    For reduced loads in 222 remington I use 2400. Seems to work pretty good.
     
  10. tactikel

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    I also am trying to find data for a .223 reduced load (50-55gr varmint bullet @ 2000 fps) for a really quiet coyote load . I stock: Green dot, Unique, 2400, and H4895. Anyone have experience with a load like this?
     
  11. Walkalong

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    I have used 700X for reduced loads in .22 Hornet, .222 & .223. They were all fired in bolt guns. I seriously doubt they would cycle an AR.
     
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    Hodgdon lists reduced loads for Tightgroup. I don't think Unique would be to hard to work up. I haven't used any reduced loads in this caliber so I don't have any personal recommendations.

    jim
     
  13. smokey262

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    I have shot some BlueDot in a bolt 223. They did not get stuck in the barrel. Decent accuracy. Do be very very careful, double charges are not to be trifled with. BlueDot double charges will not overflow the case
     
  14. iblong

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    #2830452 - 02/20/09 09:55 PM Re: .223 ?? [Re: WyoJoe]


    Heres some info on Blue Dot loads,Please be carefull,This guy has done a lot of reserch and was a big help to me.
    Bob.
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    Loc: Southern Oregon USA

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    Originally Posted By: WyoJoe
    Seafire,
    Didn't you do some work with Blue Dot in the .223?


    Nope!

    Blue Dot Range Report: 223 Caliber ( Full )

    Bullet Weights Tested:
    1. 35 grain Hornady V Max
    2. 40 grain Hornady Vmax
    3. 45 grain Sierra SP
    4. 50 grain Sierra SMP
    5. 52 grain Sierra Boat Tail Match
    6. 55 grain Winchester FMJ

    Rifle Used: Ruger 77 Mk 2, VT 26 inch Barrel, Stainless Steel First yr Model

    Case: Lake City Surplus, previously fired

    Primer: Remington 6 ½

    Powder: Blue Dot

    Charge Weight Tested: 4 grains to 14 grains.


    Weather: Sunny, NO clouds, 80 degrees, NO wind,

    Altitude: 2000 ft

    Humidity: Very Low


    Field Results:


    35 grain Hornady V Max:

    4 grs: 1284 fps
    5 grs: 1488 fps
    6 grs: 1862 fps
    7 grs: 2163 fps
    8 grs: 2392 fps

    9 grs: 2636 fps
    10 grs: 2722 fps
    11 grs: 3076 fps
    12 grs: 3205 fps
    13 grs: NO Reading
    14 grs: 3518 fps

    15 grs: NO Reading, Too hot, Extractor Marks, Scrapped Case
    16 grs: NO Reading, Too Hot Blew Primer


    Hornady 40 grain Vmax:

    4 grs: 1161 fps
    5 grs: 1538 fps
    6 grs: 1798 fps
    7 grs: 2148 fps

    8 grs: 2243 fps
    9 grs: 2539 fps
    10 grs: 2771 fps
    11 grs: 2956 fps

    12 grs: 3013 fps
    13 grs: 3218 fps
    14 grs: 3375 fps


    Sierra 45 grain SP

    4 grs: 1239 fps
    5 grs: 1447 fps
    6 grs: 1688 fps
    7 grs: 1880 fps

    8 grs: 2118 fps
    9 grs: 2363 fps
    10 grs: 2553 fps
    11 grs: 2811 fps

    12 grs: 2875 fps
    13 grs: 3008 fps
    14 grs: 3164 fps


    Sierra 50 grains SMP

    4 grs: 1064 fps
    5 grs: 1345 fps
    6 grs: 1624 fps
    7 grs: 1788 fps

    8 grs: 2033 fps
    9 grs: 2257 fps
    10 grs: 2466 fps
    11 grs: 2655 fps
    12 grs: 2779 fps

    13 grs: 2882 fps
    14 grs: 3038 fps


    Sierra 52 grain Boattail Hollow Point Match

    4 grs: 1061 fps
    5grs: 1460 fps
    6 grs: 1632 fps
    7 grs: 1916 fps

    8 grs: 2142 fps
    9 grs: 2225 fps
    10 gr: NO Reading
    11 grs: 2673 fps

    12 grs: 2782 fps
    13 grs: 2879 fps
    14 grs: 3012 fps


    Winchester 55 grain FMJ

    4 grs: 896 fps
    5 grs: 1264 fps
    6 grs: 1568 fps
    7 grs: 1825 fps
    8 grs: 1994 fps

    9 grs: 2201 fps
    10 grs: 2328 fps
    11 grs: 2453 fps

    12 grs: 2677 fps
    13 grs: 2821 fps
    14 grs: 2915 fps





    Notes:

    1. IN the evaluation of the 223, I came further to the conclusion of the versatility of the 223 in the use of training new shooters, and for a very versatile varmint caliber.
    2. Essentially the 223 can be loaded to the specs of a 22 Long rifle, a 218 Bee, a 221 Fireball, a 222 Remington, a 22 Hornet, and a 22 Win Mag., while allowing the shooter to be able to pick the type of bullet that he prefers.
    3. Bullets were limited to use of 35 grains to 55 grains. Heavier bullets will not serve any purpose unless a 223 is to be used for deer hunting. I do not believe that their would be a significant difference in the use of a 55 grain bullet vs a 60 grain bullet.
    4. The recoil on the lighter loads using 4 to 6 grains of powder had minimal recoil if any at all. These would be ideal for young shooters being trained.
    5. Noise level on the lighter loads ( 4 to 6 grains) were on par with a rim fire. An increase in noise level was very noticeable above 7 grains, but still very acceptable. ( No sounding like a rim fire any more)

    Noted Observations:

    1. It was noted but not considered part of the testing, with a tree used as a back stop for some of the testing, that all bullets ( 45 to 55 grains)penetrated thru the tree at a distance of 20 yds.
    2. The diameter of the tree was measured at 5 inches.
    3. The 40 grain Vmax loads failed to penetrate the tree at loads above 10 grs, above 2771 fps. However at 10 grains and less, the bullets penetrated thru the tree and did a large amount of damage ( like turning the wood into tooth picks) on the exit side of the tree. The penetration stopped at the 5 grain load.


    Some of the Author’s Conclusions:

    1. I learned some significant items beyond the versatility of the 223 with the bullets tested, but focusing on its use in the field, got some ideas.
    2. A light rifle such as a Winchester Featherweight or Rugers Compact model with a 16.5 inch barrel or the Ultra Light with a 20 inch barrel would make a good combo with the use of Blue Dot.
    3. Since the powder is burned cleanly in the first 10 to 12 inches of barrel, the shorter barrels are not handicappiing velocity in the lighter shorter rifles.
    4. The penetration of the 40 grain Vmax into the tree did make me ponder the use of those plastic tip varmint rounds as potential loads for small deer for youth shooters. Just like my observations in the larger calibers, the plastic tipped bullet seem to do a lot more damage, at velocities under 2700 fps. The Vmax surprised me. This is a decision any shooter will have to test on his own and make their own decisions. I am just passing on that I saw potential merit in the application.
    5. Although one has to weigh out the potential of Plastic Tipped Varmint bullets on bigger game like deer and antelope, some of these loads in real life use, utilizing Barnes’s X bullets in 22 caliber I can recommend. They make a 45 grain, 50 grain and 53 grain bullet. The way I saw much better penetration and more damage in wood, at the lower range velocities, 2200 to 2700 fps, this would make a good deer load in many parts of the USA, and recoil is minimal.


    I did not test any bigger bullets as I feel that those tested would be represent the best potential with the powder. 60, 63, 64, 65 grain bullets and then the larger match bullets did not give what I considered useful velocity when I have shot them before with Blue Dot, in respect to their field design uses.

    223 Range Report

    Powder: Blue Dot

    Bullet: Berger 30 grain HP, Varmint

    Rifle Used: Ruger 77 VT

    Barrel Length: 26 inches

    Primer Used: Winchester Small Rifle

    Bullet O.A.L. : 15.55 mms

    Cartridge O.A.L. : 57.93 mms


    10 grs: 2844 fps

    11 grs: 3082 fps

    12 grs: 3210 fps

    13 grs: 3407 fps

    14 grs: 3712 fps

    15 grs: 3797 fps

    15.5 grs: 3814 fps

    16 grs: 3873 fps

    16.5 grs: 3957 fps.

    Accuracy Potential:
    Load of 15 grains of Blue Dot, 30 gr Berger, WSR primer:
    5 shot group size@ 100 yds: 0.4260 –0.224 bullet diameter = 0.202 group size
    Scope: 6.5 x 20 Simmons.. setting at 10 Power.




    Blue Dot:

    223 & 36 grain Barnes Varmint Grenade HP.

    Primer: CCI Small Pistol

    Brass: Lake City

    Rifle : Ruger 77 Mk 2

    Barrel: 22inch


    1. 7 grs: 1946 fps
    2. 8 grs: 2286 fps
    3. 9 grs: 2477 fps
    4. 10 grs; No Reading
    5. 11 grs: 2704 fps
    6. 12 grs: 3024 fps
    7. 13 grs: 3201 fps
    8. 14 grs: 3321 fps
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  15. Walkalong

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    Blue Dot is EXTREMELY position sensitive. If it does not fill the case in .22 Hornet/.223, etc, it can cause major problems. FYI.
     
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    I personaly have not used less than 10 gr. and not more than 14gr.
    Staying inside these paramiters I personally have not had Issues,
    But I went slow and careful developing my loads.Mabe I should have just kepted this info to myself.
    Bob.
     
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    No, sharing is fine. I just wanted folks who might not use as much caution as you know about Blue Dots limits, which, in my mind, is a charge that does not fill the case well. :)

    I wasn't saying don't use Blue Dot, just understand that the case needs to be relatively full. There is a THR member here who swears by Blue Dot in .223. I don't know what power levels though.
     
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    Understood,Im allways hesitant to post load info on the net as you dont know
    who will use it or how,Im overlly cautious in my loading.
    Bob.
     
  19. rcmodel

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    I notice all that data was developed in a bolt-action Ruger.

    I would imagine some of the same loads in an AR-15 would be putting some pretty odd gas pressure spikes on the action!

    There is a reason gas guns use pretty standard burn rate rifle powders and not Blue Dot.

    The reason is, the gas system was designed around those burn rates.

    rc
     
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    I highly dought that even the higher grain loads would cycle the action.
    These were bolt action only loads.
    Bob.
     
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    yup, you gots to be careful when you is playing with the Blue Dot.

    LGB
     
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    There is some info over at cast boolits http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?t=33862&highlight=.223+mold"
    read the articles (listed in 2nd post). I also read a guy was getting his AR to cycle with 4895 i believe in a cast bullet reduced load. So cycling is possible.
     
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    I am very interested in loading lighter .223 loads for my Stag 11.5'' upper. The purpose would be to make the load quieter and save powder. It seems that full strength loads would burn powder outside the barrel creating excessive noise and wasting powder. Loading subsonic would be cool but, I understand this would pretty much guarantee my action would not function. My only concern is not jamming a round in the barrel. Any specific recommendations? I do have Blue Dot, Red Dot, AA #9, Bullseye and Winchester 748 on hand and 55 grain Remington FMJ. Payday I can go get better materials but, I'd like to get started with what I've got if I can. Thanks in advance for any input.
     
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    I suggest starting a new thread instead of confusing people with all this dust. I'll send you a PM.
     
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    I tried Hodgdon's Titegroup load before with 55gr FMJBT - it approximates 22LR, except with knuckleball accuracy and sooty cases. Also, with such a low pressure, there is no chance of extracting, so your semi-auto becomes a single shot - which is expected for such reduced loads. OTOH, they'd be fine "gallery" or backyard loads for kids or new shooters.
     
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