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Blue Dot powder and the .223

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Clark, Apr 5, 2004.

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  1. Clark

    Clark Member

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    There is a web site that talks about this:
    http://www.jamescalhoon.com/

    I have tried it, and 10 gr Blue Dot with 60 gr moly coated bullet gives 2050 fps.
    This is a very wimpy load, and could be loaded much hotter before pressure signs looked like factory ammo.
    This costs me 9.5 cents a shot, and is quiet as a 17 HMR and keeps the barrel just as cool.

    These Blue Dot loads mean I don't need to buy a 22 Hornet.
     
  2. swifter

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    Those Blue Dot loads are extremely positional, elevate the muzzle and bump the stock before each shot to keep 'em consistant. There's been a couple of serious KBs with 'em recently, from guys just totally certain they could apply this to other rounds... They are pretty safe in the .222/.223 family of cases as long as you pay attention to keeping the powder next to the primer. These are not low pressure loads, be careful.:scrutiny:

    Tom
     
  3. popbang

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    For reduced loads in my .222 I use 2400. In the past that was a powder used for wide range of loads, but with the variety now for lighter loads in pistols there are better choices. In a rifle it proves to be a good powder to down load with.
     
  4. Okiecruffler

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    I've been using bluedot with 45 gr bullets in my Contender. Constant subMOA 5shot groups and recoil on par with a 22hornet.
     
  5. Phattitude

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    I have been shooting BD in my 243 win and my 338 WM for a while now and it works very well for me.

    I use 22.5 grains in the 243 under 70 grain bullets

    36 grains in my 338WM under 200 grain NBT
     
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