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Old 01-20-2014, 07:55 AM   #1
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Default Berger VLD hunting and CFE 223 powder

I am new too this reloading and picked up alot of CFE 223 powder. Its all anywhere local has for reloading.

I also have 168gr Berger VLD hunting .308 bullets. These will be shot out of an AR 10 with an 18" barrel and a 1:10 twist.

I loaded up five bullets with 43gr, five with 44gr, five with 45gr, and five bullets with 46gr of powder. I chose this because I read someone was using this powder in his Rem 700 .308 starting at 43gr and working up to a max of 46gr in his rifle.

I cant find any other real comparable load data for it. Hodgdons website listed a SMK bullet with 46 grain of powder so I think I am close.

Anyways, I just wanted to make sure nothing will hurt my gun trying these loads and seeing what it will like?
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Old 01-20-2014, 09:27 AM   #2
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Not sure about the data. I haven't found much info on CFE 223 either. Just start low, and slowly work your way up. Keep an eye out for signs of excessive pressure.
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Default has 2 loads. for 168gr 308. One for a barns bullet and one for a Sierria. I would NOT use the data for a barns bullet on any others.
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If you are loading at the low end, your rifle may not cycle. Your barrel may not be benefiting your groups either. I could be wrong. But, a bolt gun and a semi are two different animals. I'm sure I'm not. I sold my 5.56 DCM and bought a 5.56 CIP chambered bolt gun. Night and day. Now using a semi 7.62x51 compared w/ a bolt is also something I have done. I was limited to Nato Spec 7.62, which was fine for 500 yards. My bolt gun at the same time can push that same ammo to 700 yards w/ the same accuracy. If I wanted to dump 20 rounds into a very small area at 500 yards, the auto is fine. If I want to shoot the buttons off a jacket at the same distance, no problem w/ a purpose built bolt. Your choice of firearm has more variables. BTW, I still want to build a FAL for distance.
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Because the powder is new and you are in uncharted territory, I would use half grain increments. I have "heard" of some catastrpohic issues with CFE 223 in .308. Tread VERY carefully. Remember, it is not called CFE 308.
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Or just call the experts and not take faceless and nameless guys on the internetz word for it.

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Hodgdon Powder Company
6430 Vista Drive
Shawnee, KS 66218





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