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.223 reloading

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by 300 H&H, Mar 1, 2010.

  1. 300 H&H

    300 H&H Active Member

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    Recently bought a .223 bolt gun. Interestingly it has a 27" Shilen barrel. I have shot it a couple of times, like 10 shots to check the zero. I am wondering if the long barrel might be taken advantage of with hand loads. The twist rate appears to be 1 in 14", but could be 1 in 12" as well. So heavy bullets, in excess of 60 gr. probably will not shoot well in it.

    In the past with heavy bullets I have been using Varget in my 1 in 7 twist AR. with 69 to 77 gr bullets. Will Varget work well with lighter bullets?

    Gun is a Remington 722 action, Shilen barrel. Stock is an early 40X rimfire stock. The rifle looks just like a heavy barrelled 40X does, with the exception of the in the white bolt handle, and it is a repeater, as a true 40X is single shot, back in the days of wood stocks anyway. A friend built it for prarrie dogs, and wanted a repeater, just like his target rifle, hence the 27" barrel.

    So what would you consider a good powder/bullet for such a rifle?

    Thanks, Kirk
  2. guntech59

    guntech59 New Member

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    I'm not shooting out of a 27" barrel, but Ramshot TAC and W748 are my "go to" powders for .223.

    TAC seems to be much less temperature sensitive, if it matters.
  3. FTK87

    FTK87 New Member

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    I've had good results with varget, with that barrel/twist ration, I would reccommend some Hornady either 35 or 40gr. V-max, you should see great velocity with those, in excess of 3500 fps
  4. 300 H&H

    300 H&H Active Member

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    Thanks for your replies guys,

    Guess I need to get out the old reloading manual, and get busy. Here is I hope a picture of the rifle.

    [​IMG]

    Not alot of muzzle blast comes out of 27" of barrel ;):D

    Regards, Kirk
  5. Texxut

    Texxut Member

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    Great looking coyote gun.
  6. gdcpony

    gdcpony New Member

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    My pet load for a 25" Howa Thumbhole was a max load of h-335 under a 40gr Ballistic tip. Next was the same using Varget. Varget would use that extra length really well.
    Nice looking rig!
  7. Lee C.

    Lee C. New Member

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    Out of my 223 i've used H335, H4895, and benchmark. I got some pretty nice groups out of each.
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