.223 powders

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  1. Ace1911

    Ace1911 New Member

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    I just ordered my dies for .223 remington, I got primers and brass...just need to buy some powder. I am considering viht N133 and AA 2230. If anyone here has had some good results with a powder for this caliber I'd appreciate suggestions.

    -Mike
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    JLA Well-Known Member

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    I very much prefer alliant reloder 10X. I shoot 53 gr sierra MKs and the reloder 10X is perfectly suited to it..

    What bullet weight do you plan to shoot mostly????
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    I am starting off with some 52G Match and 55G FMJBT. But, I plan on working my way up to 68G and heavier as the rifle is rated for 5.56.
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    I shoot 55 and 62 grain bullets and the two powders I go to are H335 and W748.
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    W748 is another good one.

    The 52 and 55 grainers are perfectly suited to RX10X. I can get 1 holers ate 100 with my FILs Rem 700 XCR...

    He prefers to shoot the 69 grainer sierras and I load him up with H4895 and/or IMR 4895.

    Varget is another good one for heavier .223s, but i prefer to save that for my 7.62X54s in my sako M39
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    Thanks, after re-looking I see RX10X is a common powder with most 62G and below bullet weights...Is it a clean burner?
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    Yes, one of the cleanest i have tried. The only thing close to being as clean is reloder 7
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    I have used Benchmark and Varget with good results..
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    I use Varget or Win 748, but mostly Varget. I have used the AA2230 in the past with good results also.
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    I have used W748, IMR-4895 in the past. My go to .223 powder now is Tac. It gives me good velosity with heavier bullets and it burns clean. Its also a little cheaper than most powders here in my area so thats a plus.
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    There are a lot of good powders for the 223. Many of them have been mentioned above.

    Couple of things to consider when selecting a powder. One is bullet weight, generally, lighter bullets do better with fast to medium burning powders and heavy bullets do better with medium to slow burning powders. This is of course not written in stone, but it is something to consider.

    Another is your reloading press and set-up. If you are going to weigh each change individually then powder design and shape will not matter. If you are going to use a powder measure or progressive then selecting a powder that meters well (consistent) in your set-up might make your selecting a little easier.

    Me, I like ball(spherical) powders for my 223 as I drop charge them with a powder measure. For light bullets (52-63gr) I like 2230/X-t, 748, and Tac. For heavier bullets I like Tac, 2520.

    Haven't tried 10X yet, but after reading Josh's post I will now.
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    One more thing. You say you have primers and brass. Hopefully not Rem 6 1/2 primers as they should not be used in the 223/5.56. Is your brass new, or used. If it is used you may have crimped primers. This is no big deal, just something you have to deal with before you seat a new primer.
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    AA-2230 was made just for the .223 & I think that's all i've ever used in this caliber. Meters really well & shoots clean & consistent.
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    Its a very short extruded propellant. granules are comparable in size to reloder 7, maybe a tad shorter. It meters well. I too charge with a measure. A lyman 55 to be exact. I much prefer using ball and short extruded powders in it. I was working on a load in 7.62X39 with RX10X, but it was a tad slow for the X39 and I had alot of unburned powder leftover. Its superb behind my 53s in my .223 loads for my mini.

    I hate metering IMR4350 or 4064 or 3031 in it. Feels like metering gravel
  15. Ace1911

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    I use a powder measure, from RCBS. I purchased some 10X & AA2230 today. Now just time to have some fun. Also, I dont currently have any crimped primer brass, right now I have some 1x fired (by me) federal and winchester brass, and some new LC 5.56 brass as well. I also use CCI primers.
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