.223 powders

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by Ace1911, Mar 25, 2011.

  1. steve4102

    steve4102 Former Guest

    Jan 27, 2006
    I would cull the Fed brass, It is very soft and has been known to cause issues if loaded more than a few times.
  2. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    +1 on the tossing the federal brass. IMO they are soft and heavy and really not fit to reload in the first place. I usually save all the fed brass I come accross to use for trading or selling to the scrap yard...

  3. American Leader

    American Leader Well-Known Member

    Mar 1, 2011
    I use Varget and .55 gr. bullets, works well for me. I'll be trying some H-335 soon because I was able to get a deal on it. My understanding it has been a .223 standby?
  4. gun-nut

    gun-nut Member

    Jan 15, 2011
    I use 20.0grs. of IMR4198 with my 55gr. bullet for plinking fun. If i am off by a 1/2 gr. it still hits the bullseye. Its about the only powder i use for the 223. I have used Varget as well at 21.0 grs. that did well too. But for comp. shooting and for the V-Max bullets i use H335.
  5. Ace1911

    Ace1911 New Member

    Jan 30, 2010
    San Antonio
    Is this just .223 brass? I have some handgun Federal brass I have reloaded a few times and had no issues?
  6. bamashooter

    bamashooter New Member

    Feb 24, 2010
    north alabama
    I have never had a problem with federal brass and I have shot alot of it..hmmm.
  7. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    When you load for precise target shooting with custom rifles you develop reloading techniques that tend to spill over into the less precise shooting you do.

    I weigh cases and bullets into exact weight groups. I do this because it elimnates flyers. I deburr flashholes because it makes ignition more even and consistent, which eliminates flyers. etc, etc, etc.

    Old habits die hard and loading with these techniques will have you tossing heavy cases in the scrap box and keeping light ones til you have enough to use as a batch.

    And yes, I do painstakingly take the time to deburr the flash holes on each and every case i reload, including .380s:eek:
  8. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    I find federal brass very soft, all of it, including pistol brass. After a few loadings in high pressure rounds they tend to swell worse than say a winchester case. I have had case head separations in .308 with federal only. Never with any other of the big american brands.

    Also after but a few cycles I find federal primer pockets so loose you could seat primers with your fingers. not good..

    I find it best to scrap federal brass and use winchester/ remington/ hornady/ lapua/ nosler, etc...
  9. bmg50doorgunner

    bmg50doorgunner New Member

    Jan 24, 2010
    I've used H335 and Varget to propel 69gr. out of a Colt M4, 1:9 twist, 16" barrel. I agree with Steve about the ease and consistency of dispensing ball powders, that's why I eventually grew to favor H335 over the extruded Varget for reloading .223 ammo.

    Keep in mind, the use of a comparator gauge to measure your chamber's free bore and determine the "sweet spot" of bullet seating depth is as important as your powder selection. Scoring 1/2" MOA all day. Good luck!
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