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  • BISHOP
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    Re: Recommended .223/5.56 powder?

    I've used Hodgdon BL-C(2).
    It was something that "Says" I can use on .223 AND .308.
    It flowed fine in my progressive LEE press.

    I was using a calibrated (by volume) 25-26.5 measurement (I think)
    Shooting it in my 7.5" AR and in the 16" M4 was fine, but when I then switched to some steel cased Wolf, the Wolf was like I was shooting a much larger caliber. The blast sound and felt recoil was amazingly hotter.


    BISHOP

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  • 9th Company
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    After using AA2230, AA2200, IMR 4198, I really like Hogden H335. IMR 4198 while a good powder, does not meter well, but H335 meters and flows like water.

    I haven't seen Win 748 in many years

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  • TheMrMitch
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    Originally posted by gunne View Post
    Edited so that Melvin doesn't make a public fool of himself.
    You mean AGAIN?

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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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  • paintballmagnet
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    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.

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

    RR

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    AA 2520 is great for short barrel performance.

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  • Chief351
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    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?

    I use Hodgon 335 26.0 grs .22 gr Win FMJBT

    Paul

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    Varget, very useful

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  • LEE7.62
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    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.......

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  • Old Man of the Mountain
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    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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  • partisan50
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    Win 748 was made for the 5.56 round so it should work well.

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  • paintballmagnet
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    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

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  • LEE7.62
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    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.

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