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Replicating Federal GM 69 grain in 223 Remington

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by poihths, Sep 24, 2011.

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  1. poihths

    poihths Member

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    Hi! I have a rifle that, as I have recently discovered, shoots very decently with Federal Gold Medal (aka Premium) ammunition, which uses a 69 grain bullet. This is in .223 Remington with a 16 inch barrel, 1:8 twist (yes, 1:8, not 1:9.)

    I get a median velocity of 2578 fps from this combination.

    I want to replicate that performance in a handload. I currently use Varget in this caliber. I think I might be asking a bit much of Varget. What other powders should I consider?
     
  2. rg1

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    I'd give a look at this Sierra site:
    http://accurateshooter.net/Downloads/sierra223ar.pdf
    They list Sierra 69BTHP Match bullet and also say their best accuracy load used Varget. It would be impossible to know exactly how to replicate Federals factory loads but the Sierra bullet and Varget should shoot very well for you but may take some load work-ups to find the magic combination.
     
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    Thanks for the pointer to that data. It looks as though I can get more out of Varget than I thought.
     
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