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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-23-2019, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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need 223 load info.

Does anyone have any experience with or reloading .223 Winchester 55 gr. HMJBT #WB556MC55?

Powders load thoughts?

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It's pretty hard to beat Varget in a .223. It's very temp stable and provides great velocity... no matter what gr bullet you're pushing. Every rifle is different and every brand of case has a different capacity, so you still have to work up regardless of posted info. I have loaded that particular bullet, and you have a different gun, but I loaded some bulk 55gr sp w/c and the sweet spot was 26.4 of Varget in a case with more capacity than most (pmc). That would be a bullet of similar design and probably about the same amount of bearing surface to mimic pressures. That said... you have to work up, as always. I've also loaded 55gr Bergers and they wanted a compressed load with 27.8 grs of Varget in an IMI case. Use a tougher cci 450 or Rem 7 1/2 primer in a .223 bolt gun, and even tougher cci 41's in an AR.
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Thanks...any experience with loading them in a Dillion 650?

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I load my .223 55gr in my Hornady LNL progressive press. But I don't use Varget in the progressive. Varget is an extruded powder and the progressive press can toss different amounts (charge weights) because .....well....Varget is Varget. I load with ball powders on the progressive....such as BL-C2.

I load my .223 bolt varmint rifle on a single stage and use my RCBS Chargemaster to throw consistent amounts of Varget.
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I load my .223 55gr in my Hornady LNL progressive press. But I don't use Varget in the progressive. Varget is an extruded powder and the progressive press can toss different amounts (charge weights) because .....well....Varget is Varget. I load with ball powders on the progressive....such as BL-C2.

I load my .223 bolt varmint rifle on a single stage and use my RCBS Chargemaster to throw consistent amounts of Varget.
Agreed on the Varget and progressive presses.When I load for .223,I reload several hundred at a time.I don't use a progressive press but I don't weigh every charge like I do my hunting loads for other calibers.H335 meters well and is a very good powder for a .223.One of my favorite loads is 27gr of H335 and a 52gr Sierra matchking.
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Thanks...any experience with loading them in a Dillion 650?

No. I use a single stage press. The bulk 55gr load I mentioned shot well (3/4"@ 100) in two different 12 twist Remington's. I call 3/4" well because those bullets suck! The Berger load I mentioned was a 1/4-5/16" load in one of the aforementioned guns. The ball powders meter well I'm told, but they're not nearly as temp stable as Varget . I've found BLC-2 and CFE 223 both fairly accurate, but "spikey"...and harder to repeat, so I stick mostly to the Hodgdon Extreme line of powders for this reason. H4895 is another from the Extreme line that is good, but gives up 50-100 fps to Varget.
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I load diff. bullets...

60gn Cutting Edge Bullets -Raptors w 23gr H4895 and 65gr CEB- MTH w 22.5 gr H4895 both loads at around 2900fps ..not a speed freak

..I use RCBS Rockchucker
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I have ball power 748.

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I don't use a progressive, but I throw charges of Varget with a powder measure all the time. I haven't seen a significant difference in the size of the itty bitty groups it shoots regardless of whether thrown or weighed.
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Check out ramshot tac for a progressive. It is like fine sand and a very versatile powder. My chargemaster tends to throw it all over the bench but I bet it would be great in a Dillon setup.
8208 xbr is the other powder I load for 223 loads under 65 grains. It is a great powder. Varget and h4895 are great for heavies.
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