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Remington 700 VLS 26" Barrel 1 in 12 twist.

Varmint or paper. .5" group @ 100 yards from benchrest (Best ever a dime covered my 5 shot group)

Federal brass trimmed to length and fully prepped

Hodgdon Varget 27.5 grains (Compressed load) (Max Load) (Difficult to load)

CCI Small rifle primers

Hornady 55 gr V-Max set to max chamber length don't have the measurement on me at this time.

3300 fps or better have not chronographed going by book.

 

I just bought a S&W MP15 with a Bushmaster upper 24" varmint 1 in 9 twist.

Same use varmint or paper.

I'm looking for something easier to load and just as accurate as the load described above.

With the 1 in 9 twist would I be better off with a heavier bullet like 62 or 69?

The powders I am looking at are BLC-2, H335 or possibly RL 15 with a heavier bullet.

And has anyone used RL 10x with 55gr loads.

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Remington 700 VLS 26" Barrel 1 in 12 twist.

Varmint or paper. .5" group @ 100 yards from benchrest (Best ever a dime covered my 5 shot group)

Federal brass trimmed to length and fully prepped

Hodgdon Varget 27.5 grains (Compressed load) (Max Load) (Difficult to load)

CCI Small rifle primers

Hornady 55 gr V-Max set to max chamber length don't have the measurement on me at this time.

3300 fps or better have not chronographed going by book.

 

I just bought a S&W MP15 with a Bushmaster upper 24" varmint 1 in 9 twist.

Same use varmint or paper.

I'm looking for something easier to load and just as accurate as the load described above.

With the 1 in 9 twist would I be better off with a heavier bullet like 62 or 69?

The powders I am looking at are BLC-2, H335 or possibly RL 15 with a heavier bullet.

And has anyone used RL 10x with 55gr loads.

 

H-335 with almost every 55gr bullet I have set over it has ended up being abesolute money. BLC-2 has yet to impress me, and RL-15 has been nothing but disappointing for me from 223 to 308. Hodgdons reloading data is on their website, and will give you some good loads for the H-335 and 55gr Nosler BT's. Use that as a starting point for the V-Maxs, OR if you wanna try something different, try 24.4gr of A2230 under some 55gr Nosler BT's loaded to 2.26". That combo produces groups under 1" in all my AR's with 16" or 18" barrels.

 

IMO, H-335 is the do-all powder for 223. I use it for loads from 40gr V-Maxs to 77gr Matchkings with outstanding results. YMMV

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Can't believe no one is posting any 6.8SPC loads. Well, let me be the first :wink:

 

My rifle has a SPCII chamber, 16" barrel, 1/11"twist, 6 groove rifling. Not optimal, but workable.

 

110gr Nosler Accubond

25.5gr Hodgdon H-335

Silver State Armory Brass

CCI 450 Magnum Primer

COL: 2.27"

Best group has been just over 1/2", worst was still just under 1"

 

 

 

90gr Speer TNT

30gr H-335

SSA Brass

CCI 450 Magnum Primer

COL: 2.27"

Best group was just under 1", don't wanna talk about the worst one :laugh:

 

 

85gr Barnes TSX

29.3gr H-335

SSA Brass

CCI 450 Primer

COL: 2.27"

Haven't shot many of these, as they are $34 per 50. Best group so far is just under 1/2", worst group looked like buckshot. They are really accurate until I start to push them for velocity, then they fly like a one winged bird with a bottlerocket up his arse :bill:

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H-335 with almost every 55gr bullet I have set over it has ended up being abesolute money. BLC-2 has yet to impress me, and RL-15 has been nothing but disappointing for me from 223 to 308. Hodgdons reloading data is on their website, and will give you some good loads for the H-335 and 55gr Nosler BT's. Use that as a starting point for the V-Maxs, OR if you wanna try something different, try 24.4gr of A2230 under some 55gr Nosler BT's loaded to 2.26". That combo produces groups under 1" in all my AR's with 16" or 18" barrels.

 

IMO, H-335 is the do-all powder for 223. I use it for loads from 40gr V-Maxs to 77gr Matchkings with outstanding results. YMMV

 

Hey Thanks...

My question about the 1 in 9 twist. Is it easier to stabilize the heavier bullets like the 60 to 69 grain? My only experience with loading .223 is for my 1 in 12 twist Remington bolt. I chose the Varget powder recommended by a friend. Loading for my bolt action is not a big deal but it fills the cases to the top and is a pain in the butt. But I came up with a recipe in a matter of a couple of weekend outings that was a shooter. And have been using it for several years with out change.

If H335 will work and it sounds like you have used it in all bullets weights I will probably start out trying that with a 68 gr BTHP.

I will kick the BLC2 out of the running. And look into the A2230 and do a little more research on the RL15 and 10X. I like the Reloader powders in my Magnums and Wildcats and have always had good luck with them.

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I will kick the BLC2 out of the running. And look into the A2230 and do a little more research on the RL15 and 10X. I like the Reloader powders in my Magnums and Wildcats and have always had good luck with them.

 

RL15 will do well for you but consider X-Terminator also. It may well surprise you.

 

Greg

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I have had great luck with Ramshot TAC 25.2gr. 55fmj about 3200fps. Meters great consistent. Accurate too.

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.223 varmint eraser

 

16" barrel 1-9 twist

55 gr Sierra Gameking BTSP

R-P brass (wish I had used Winchester in hindsight)

CCI 400

24 gr. Accurate 2015

OAL - 2.235

 

No chrony yet but I think its between 32-3300 fps

 

The first good load I came up with. I realized I could lengthen it out a bit but it groups at 5/8" at 100 yds so I figured i'd just leave it alone...for now.

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308 Winchester Match Load

 

Hornady 168gr BTHP (not the Moly coted ones)

Winchester brass

COL: 2.800"

44.6gr BLC-2

Rem 9 1/2 primers

 

clay pidgeons at 400yds are a chip shot. I've never had a load with the accuracy potential this one has. I really want to take it out to around 600yds and see how it/I perform. Final test batch was shot today, 1.25"@300yds, and many shattered clay pidgeons from 200-400 yds.

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Are you shooting them in the head or in the chest area? I've been trying to figure out a round that will work well on the pigs we have here in Louisiana. Some of them are pretty big and I know a 223 ain't getting through that plate. I do know it will work fine shooting them just behind the ear, though! :nt:

Most of the time right behind the shoulder. Most of the pigs are below 275 in weight. I have a AR-15 chambered for 6.8 SPC that will get the bigger ones if I run into one. I just don't have as much ammo in the 6.8 yet to switch over. But that day is coming.

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I'll start
Vmax Varmint round
AR15
24" Barrel
1/9 twist
LC Brass
25 grains H335
CCI 400 Small rifle primer
55 Grain Hornady Vmax ballistic tip
2.25" OAL
80* F
I developed this load for prairie dog hunting. It works very well out to 500 yards and can be used beyond, but you will be pushing it past it's real limits. You can alter the load's powder weight to 24.5 grains H335 which, in my barrel, gave slightly better accuracy but an effective range of 300 yards.

Thanx for the start for the load I am trying to develope. Mine seems to like 24.0g but I still need to do more digging. Visit My Website

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Here is my favorite 223 load. THIS IS A MAX LOAD

 

bullet 50 grain vmax

brass winchester trimmed to 1.750 and full length sized

primer wolf small rifle

powder 26 grains of N133

coal 2.257-in my bolt gun ( in an auto loader your coal is defined by your magazine.)

 

WARNING: I SHOOT THIS LOAD OUT MY BOLT RIFLE I HAVE NOT TRIED IT IN AN AUTO LOADER.

 

I shoot this load out of a 12 twist 24" Howa 1500 Varmint rifle.

For what its worth I have taken this load to 600 yards. In still air its a laser. when the wind blows...........thats why I'm building an ar with an 8 twist barrel.

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Hey Thanks...

My question about the 1 in 9 twist. Is it easier to stabilize the heavier bullets like the 60 to 69 grain? My only experience with loading .223 is for my 1 in 12 twist Remington bolt. I chose the Varget powder recommended by a friend. Loading for my bolt action is not a big deal but it fills the cases to the top and is a pain in the butt. But I came up with a recipe in a matter of a couple of weekend outings that was a shooter. And have been using it for several years with out change.

If H335 will work and it sounds like you have used it in all bullets weights I will probably start out trying that with a 68 gr BTHP.

I will kick the BLC2 out of the running. And look into the A2230 and do a little more research on the RL15 and 10X. I like the Reloader powders in my Magnums and Wildcats and have always had good luck with them.

I use N133 for light varmint bullets and I get good results. when My first AR is complete I want to run N140 and the 75 grain amax.

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Target

DPMS A15

24" Bull

1:9

Federal

25.0g Ramshot TAC

WSR Winchester

52g Hornady A-Max BT

2.25

2.250 COL

76*F

 

This was good for less than 1/4 MOA consistently with my rifle at 100yds and put a .85 group on paper at 250yds.

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Here is the best .223 load i've come up with yet...and i've tried a bunch :laugh:

 

20" Wilson stainless steel barrel

1-8 twist

Commercial PMC brass

77 grain Sierra MK BTHP

23.8 grains of Accurate 2520

CCI 400

2.260 OAL

 

This load shot .3 moa at 100yds.

 

2520group.jpg

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Ok I am new here but I have been reloading for 30 years now. But I have only been loading .223 for only a month. (I'm new to this round) How come no mention of IMR 4895? For my 22-250 it was the best performer to date. Also the few loads that I've put on paper were respectable for a stock AR. Has anyone else used this power?

 

20" barrel

1-9" twist

Winchester Brass

CCI primer

55 gr. V-Max

25.3 gr of IMR 4895

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