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The most accurate .223 load you have tried?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by jake556, Oct 19, 2010.

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  1. jake556

    jake556 Member

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    I would like to start a list of the most accurate loads that you have tried. It would be nice to have these in ONE place. Please give bullet weight, type, powder details, what reloading manual, etc. The more details the better. I really appreciate the info and I'm sure everyone else will too thank you again. :D
     
  2. tommyintx

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    for my 16" AR 1-9 C MP barrel on an older AR..

    55G NOSLER BTIP
    25.5G AA2230
    REM 7 1/2
    LC CASES
    ~3000 FPS
     
  3. JimKirk

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    Tommy have you chronographed that load? I can't get that kind of velocity out of my 16" gun... just wondering? I've never tried AA2230... may give it a try.
     
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    52 gr Hornady A-max
    25.0 Varget
    CCI 400 primer
    Lake City brass (various years) swaged & trimmed
     
  5. Historian

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    Bushmaster Varminter
    60g Nosler ballistic tip boat tail
    23g H335
    CCI 400 primer
    Lake City brass
    Seated with a Forster competition seating die.

    Historian
     
  6. 788Ham

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    Hornady 52 gr. BTHP
    26.9 gr Win 748
    LC cases
    CCi 450 primer
    3200 fps

    I use this load exclusively in my Rem. 788 for Pd's or target. At 100 yds., I can put 5 rounds into almost one hole, many times I've done this.
     
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    69 gr. SMK
    23.0 gr. of H335
    mixed commercial brass (mostly Federal)
    WSRP

    Repeatable 1-1/4" 5 shot groups @ 50 yds with std. A2 iron sights on my kit built Del-Ton 16" 1 in 9, twist HB middy.
     
  8. MarcoPolo

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    Hornady 55 gr. FMJ/BT with Cannelure
    23 gr. H322
    CCI Small Rifle Primer
    Mixed brass
     
  9. whipper

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    24.8 Win 748
    55 fmjbt Win
    CCI 450
    mixed brass
    Speer manual


    works good for my mini 14.
    have not chronod them yet.
     
  10. ArchAngelCD

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    The "classic" .223/5.56mm powder is H335. It produces clean and accurate ammo. I also recently gave Varget a try with a 55gr bullet and was amazed at the accuracy. I shot several sub 1/2 MOA groups @100 yards with that ammo. The smallest group was 0.314", not bad IMO...

    Sierra 55gr GameKing bullet (#1390)
    25.0gr Varget
    CCI-400 primer
    FC brass
    OAL = 2.255"
    Howa 1500 bolt action rifle

    With H335 I use the same components and same charge weight.
     
  11. TonyAngel

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    For fast twist barrels, 24gr of either Reloader 15 or Varget under a Sierra 77gr Match King, with a CCI Benchrest primer. This is my standard goto load and I use it as a control load to compare other loads to. I get consistent ~.5MOA accuracy out of this load at 100 yards.

    I'm running a new build now too and I'm starting to have luck with the same powders under a 69gr Match King using the same primer. The charge is 25.5gr.

    Keep in mind that these are the loads that I shoot out of my rifles. Work up to them in yours. YMMV.

    These two powders are the most consistent that I've used. The Varget is not very sensitive to heat. The Reloader 15 works almost as well. I'll grab whatever is available. I've tried other powders, but when the temp changes or the barrel heats up, the POI changes a bit.

    The downside to using stick powders like RE15 and Varget is that they don't flow very well through powder drops. I use a Hornady Auto Charge to measure powder. Hopefully, I'll soon be using the RCBS equivalent.
     
  12. ZXD9

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    My rifle is a 16" RRA Midlength w/ SS barrel, 1:8 twist.

    My best 100y group was with 62gr Barnes TSX, 24.7gr Varget, 2.25 OAL. I realize that is not a popular bullet so my 2nd best group was with a 55gr Hornady FMJ, 24.0gr H335, 2.23 OAL. Both of these shot .75 MOA.

    Those are my best groups.

    The bullet with the most sub-MOA groups would be the Sierra 69gr MatchKing, 25.5gr Varget, 2.25 OAL.

    All use CCI primers.

    I'd take the Sierra over the others since it is the most consistent of the three.
     
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    25.6 Varget
    55 gn Nosler Btip or Hornady Vmax , similar results
    2.255 OAL
    Remington 7 1/2 primer
    LC Brass , FL sized , very light crimp

    Out of my 16" , DPMS stainless Bull .223 chamber 1 in 9 upper this load will consistently do in the .5 s to .8 at 100 with a best of .464 up to this point . Same load in a 581 Mini 14 goes around 1.5 moa . I also have used 60 gn ballistic tips with about the same results .

    25 Varget
    69 Sierra MK
    2.260
    Remington 7 1/2 primer
    LC Brass FL sized , very light crimp

    My long range / wind bucking load . Same upper will usually yield ~ .6 to .8 . Same load in the Mini and it also goes a reliable 1.5 . Ran this one up to 26 gns , and yielded no additional improvements in accuracy .
     
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    55 gr Hornady Vmax
    26.5gr Win 748
    Win Primer
    Federal Case
    2.25 OAL
    FL sized /Lee Factory Crimp
     
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    Rifle--Remington 700 VLS Bolt action in .223 Rem. with a twist rate of 1 in 12"
    Bullet--Sierra 53 grain HPFB MatchKing
    Powder--Accurate 2015, 22 1/2 grains
    Primer--Federal Small Rifle Match
    Case--Lace City 01, neck size only, only use 5 cases,

    5 shot groups avg. .312 to .375 some even tighter, this at 100 yds.
     
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    CAUTION: The following post includes loading data beyond currently published maximums for this cartridge. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. Neither the writer, The High Road, nor the staff of THR assume any liability for any damage or injury resulting from use of this information.

    1:7 20" White Oak Barrel
    Wylde Chamber
    75 or 80 AMAX .010 off the lands
    24.5 RL15
    Case
    Primer
    ~2800 FPS
     
  18. Randy1911

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    55gr. Hornady FMJ-BT
    25.5 grs. H4895
    Win. SR primer
    LC brass trimmed to 1.750"
    Aveage fps is 2985
    OAL 2.200"

    Data came from Hodgdon's website.

    I can shoot a 40 round group that I can cover with a half dollar at 50 meters.
     
  19. jake556

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    Hornady Vmax 55gr
    25.5 Varget

    This is one of my favorites
     
  20. JDGray

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    69gr SMKs
    24gr Varget
    Lapua brass
    CCI 400s
    2.260" OAL
    .5moa avg. R700 LTR 1 in 9"
    2640fps avg.
     
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    26.5 gr. Varget
    40 gr. sierra HP
    Mixed brass, Remington, Winchester, or Federal

    .28-.45" groups @100yds.-no wind

    This load delivers .6-.7" groups from a Stevens 200
     
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    69SMK
    24.5 Varget
    FC brass
    CCI400
    .363" 5 shot 100yds
    20" Bull Barrel 1/9 AR-15
    2767 fps
     
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  23. jhansman

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    60 gr. Sierra Varminter
    22.7 gr. H322
    Federal match primer
    Lapua brass (fire formed and neck sized)
    Howa 1500 24" bull barrel
     
  24. 9fingers

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    55 vmax
    25.0 benchmark
    cci br4
    LC brass full prep(neck turned, flass hole deburred, etc.)
    makes 3100 fps from Rockriver EOP 18" bull 1/8 twist
    holds .3 moa out to 300 yards/turns pdogs insideout
     
  25. Pete D.

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    loads

    Two loads actually: At 100 yds out of my Colt AR Match target - iron NM sights - 1in 8" twist, the load was a 52 Grain Hornady A-Max and 26 grains of AA2460. Winchester primed brass. One half inch five shot groups.

    The second load is very similar to one already mentioned. It is the go to load for targets out to 600 yards.
    77 grain Sierra MK, 24 grains of RL15, Win. primed brass
     
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