AR Load

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by CoyoteWright, Dec 23, 2011.

  1. CoyoteWright

    CoyoteWright New Member

    Oct 10, 2010
    I have a RockRiver with a 16 inch barrel and a 1 in 9 twist , Does anyone have a load for a 55 gr. Sierra spitzer using H 335 powder ?
  2. mikld

    mikld Well-Known Member

    Jun 24, 2009
    Ifn' it were me, I'd check my Sierra manual. No offence Coyote, but a reloading manual is an important necessity for reloading. But, I load my Hornady 55 grainers at about 21.0 gr of H335 as a starting load...

  3. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    H335 may prove to be a tad fast for the short barrel and the impingement system. I had a DPMS lo pro 16" and it would short stroke with normal powders. Had to load with slower powders to get reliable function.

    If you run into this issue look at using H4895 or IMR4895, Varget would also be a good choice and is one of my favs in the .223 anyway.

    Grab you a couple reloading manuals, they are priceless to the handloader.
  4. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    I almost forgot.. Might also look at Hodgdons new CFE223 powder. Its expressly designed for the .223 AR platform and is just a tad slower than Varget. I have yet to try it, But eventually will as it looks like it would be a solid performer in the .308 as well.
  5. 243winxb

    243winxb Member

    Aug 12, 2011
    Most everything you want to know about the 5.56/223 here > JLA Using H4895 with a 55gr bullet & starting loads in an AR, may be on the low pressure side? At the link, Sierra uses it for bolt action, but not Auto. When i checked the Hodgdon data, a 1 gr powder reduction from maximum droped pressure 9300 CUPs
  6. RustyFN

    RustyFN Member

    Oct 2, 2008
    West Virginia
    I shoot the same AR. I am loading 55 grain Hornady bulk FMJBT with 24.8 grains of H335. At 100 yards I am shooting sub MOA three shot groups and MOA five shot groups. I'm going to order some better bullets and see how much I can tighten those groups up. I have tried a few different powders and H335 is my go to powder for the 55 grain bullet. I also use WC844 powder, it's the pull down equivelent to H335 and is a lot cheaper. I would recommend to start around 24 grains and work the load up to see which load your rifle likes.
  7. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    Im using IMR4895 at 25.5 gr under a 53 gr projectile. It was developed in the DPMS and also used in my Mini14.
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