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Is this a good starting point?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by 1shotbob, Jan 7, 2008.

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  1. 1shotbob

    1shotbob Member

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    I have Hodgdon H322, federal 205 primers, and Hornady 55gr bullets. Is that a good start for a first shot at reloading? Hornady says from 21 to 23 grs of powder for this set-up.
    Is this a good start?

    bob

    obviously, I'm new at this so be gentle.
     
  2. Shoney

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    What Cartridge???????????
     
  3. 1shotbob

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    Sorry . . . it's for.223 being shot out of a Bushmaster AR-15 with 1:9 twist.

    bob
     
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    Should work fairly well.. Only thing there is to do is try.. I would reccomend finding someone who shoots a different powder (or if you have other compatable rifle powders) and make a few with each powder..
    When i test loaded my .223 i used 4 diff powders.. Took the min and the max loads as 2 diff groups of 5 and then went middle of those for another group of 5 then from middle up as 5 and middle down as the last 5.. 25 rounds with 1 powder.. Using 2,3,or 4 powders this will give you a really good overall view of what kind of speed your individual rifle likes and also will help determine if you rifle likes the bullet tip you chose... Once you find the best group out of 1 powder go down to 1/10th gr increments up and down... Start with your test weight with the best group and go 1/10th higher for 5 and then 1/10th higher again for 5 (2/10ths over best test load) then do the same lower in weight.. See if the group tightens up any or gets bigger.. If it gets bigger go to the best grouping weight and you can try different case overall lengths (length from head to bullet tip) and see which length works best in your gun.. After all of this testing you will have the most accurate ammo available for your gun with that bullet style and weight that can be had.. And its fun too..
     
  5. Walkalong

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    H322 will work fine. It's a good powder.

    If you want to try something else, get some H335 or W748. Both are ball powders which meter great, and are excellent in the .223.
     
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