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I have acquired a SIGNIFICANT amount of .224 bullets that I plan on loading for .223 Remington rounds. They are of various weights and most are moly coated.

My question; can I load the SPECIFIC weight bullet with the SPECIFIC powder load listed in my load data? Or, do I need to match the brand bullet with the load data? In other words, if my load data lists a 50 gr. jacketed blitz made by Sierra (Sierra Blitz #1340) with 25.4 gr. of Varget powder can I load the same 25.4 gr. of Varget powder with a 50 gr. bullet that is made by another manufacturer?

thanks in advance,

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Yes and no.

Yes, You can use load data from same weight bullet of similar construction from different manufacturers.

No, you should not arbitrarily switch components (bullets) without dropping the load down and working back up.
 

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For the most part the answer is yes. You can't always match everything in every recipe. What you should do is start at the min charge weight and work up.
 

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Thanks, steve.

I will always drop down to the starting gr. when using different components, like you say. I just didn't know if I could use different manufacturers (with the same gr. bullet) or if I had to SPECIFICALLY stay with the manufacturer listed in my load data.

Thanks again for the help,

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Howlnmad, that's the trouble I'm finding. I have these 1000's of bullets and the guy that gave the to me reloaded competition rounds. They are from probably 5 different manufacturers in probably a dozen different weights. Matching all that up perfectly with the load data would be a nightmare. I'll just match up the weight and construction with the powder load and work up from the minimum.

Thanks for the reply,

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Also, segregate those moly-coated bullets and work up a separate load for those.
The moly-coating does affect how the load performs...very similar to how the Barnes X/TSX/TTSX solids react differently than a standard jacketed lead-core bullets.

For moly, you can use the same data as for a similar design/weight uncoated bullet. But you will likely find a different "sweet spot" and/or max charge.
 

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Thanks, Bindernut. I'll separate and work up the moly coated bullets as a separate round.

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Gunboat, she did indeed. This past weekend I took a concealed carry class and was able to pick up all the expended cases. Another reloader in the group was also interested and we split the brass. 50 some odd participants at 36 rounds each. The brass was more than enough to pay for the $100 class fee.
 
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