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    I'm sticking with 55-60 grain bullets so my newly built 1x12 twist and my 1x9 will both handle them in a pinch. I'm not looking for speed, 2800 t0 2900 fps will do nicely. My intentions are to add a scope to my 20" flat top, sort of a "designated marksman" type rifle. Translation: Eyes ain't all that good anymore, really need a scope to hit anything past 200 yds. Thanks!
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    Re: Recommended .223/5.56 powder?

    Actually with a 1 in 12 you may want to stay with 45-55 grain bullets. 1 in 9 will also handle the 55 grain ones well also. I have had VERY good results in the past with Accurate 2230 and Winchester 748.

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    • #3
      Re: Recommended .223/5.56 powder?

      I have had good luck with IMR 4198.

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        Re: Recommended .223/5.56 powder?

        I use 25.5 gr W748 under a winchester 55gr FMJBT(c). Clocks in my chrony at 2850fps. But never take anyone's load data and try it. You know, obligatorysafetyblahblahblah10%andworkup,usepublis heddatastatement statement.
        incoming rounds have the right of way.

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          Re: Recommended .223/5.56 powder?

          Thanks to all. I used 748 for my 30-30 loads I recently did, have used it in the past for .308. Could use a couple pounds right now but have been unable to buy local, with haz-mat the cost per pound would be $35, too rich for my blood. Guess I need to see about an eight pounder but it'd ruin before I used that much (or I'd die of old age first!) Hawk, also thanks for the advice on bullet weight, had hoped that a 1/12 would do a 60 since I have three hundred Nosler Partitions I'd intended to load and set back for "serious social use." Well, I can always launch them from my M4gery 1/9
          "some people never let their given word interfere if something they want comes along"
          The real problem with the world are laws preventing culling.

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          • #6
            Re: Recommended .223/5.56 powder?

            Win 748 was made for the 5.56 round so it should work well.
            I was bored shooting 50 bmg rifles so I bought a 20mm!

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            • #7
              Re: Recommended .223/5.56 powder?

              I agree with the above powders.

              I got a deal on some BL-C(2) and it is also very accurate with a 55 grain V-Max bullet.

              In different cases it did well in the 25 to just over 26 grain range.

              I don't know what velocity I got, but it sure is accurate!
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                Re: Recommended .223/5.56 powder?

                Don't worry. If you get 8#s and start loading .223 you won't die of old age before you use it up. Ask me how I know.......
                incoming rounds have the right of way.

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                • #9
                  Re: Recommended .223/5.56 powder?

                  Varget, very useful

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                  • #10
                    Re: Recommended .223/5.56 powder?

                    I use Hodgon 335 26.0 grs .22 gr Win FMJBT

                    Paul

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                    • #11
                      Re: Recommended .223/5.56 powder?

                      A lot of Service Rifle competitors use Reloder-15 (And, yep, that's how it's spelled!).
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                        Re: Recommended .223/5.56 powder?

                        AA 2520 is great for short barrel performance.

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                          Re: Recommended .223/5.56 powder?

                          Originally posted by gunne View Post
                          AA 2520 is great for short barrel performance.
                          Like, with a home-canned Jennings .22?

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                            Re: Recommended .223/5.56 powder?

                            Another question if I may....Are there any bullets in the lighter weights not made to blow up small critters? My somewhat limited experience with the 5.56 has shown that soft points have the tendency to blow up on impact, creating large shallow wounds (perhaps they're trying to tell us something concerning what a 5.56 is really good for?) It would certainly be nice to find an expanding bullet not quite in the price range as Nolslers Partition that would both expand and offer decent penetration. A-MAX, V-MAX, Ballistic Tips or ??? I managed to find four pounds of Varget, guess I'll be using this, not much else was available.
                            "some people never let their given word interfere if something they want comes along"
                            The real problem with the world are laws preventing culling.

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                              Re: Recommended .223/5.56 powder?

                              Edited so that Melvin doesn't make a public fool of himself.
                              Last edited by Reasonable Rascal; February 27th, 2011, 18:56. Reason: See above

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