.223 reloads for AR-15 shooting

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by texaswoodworker, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    I've decided that I would rather reload for my AR than buy ammo for it. Basically what I will be doing is plinking. The ammo doesn't have to be precise, just reasonably accurate. What kind of powder and bullets should I look into getting? What recipes do you guys use? My rifle has a 16" (mid length) barrel with a 1/7 twist rate.

    Thanks
     

  2. elfmdl

    elfmdl New Member

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    Powder isnt a very big factor, but I would look at Winchester FMJ bullets. They are reasonable and are of decent quality. Like $55 for 500
     
  3. InDefenseofLiberty

    InDefenseofLiberty New Member

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    Powdervalleyinc.com has good prices and selection (when there is not a huge run on supplies).
    I've been reading up on my loads and Varget keeps coming up as an awesome powder for the 16" barrel.
     
  4. Sport45

    Sport45 New Member

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    Ramshot TAC is a good, easy metering powder that works well with .223Rem. I don't buy 55gr FMJ for my 1:7 or 1:8 rifles any more. The picture below shows the base of three bullets that came out of the same Winchester packet. The base is the most important part of the bullet when it comes to accuracy.

    For plinking you might as well use pulled bullets.

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  5. tri70

    tri70 New Member

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    Boat tail or flat base bullets will work, I have have Hornady and Rem fmj 55 gr that are good plinking bullets. You will be looking around quite a bit now, the reloading sites are getting picked over for all 55 gr bullets. I am fixing to pick up a bulk pack of my favorites Nosler 55 ballistic tip.
    One of the all time favorite powders is H335 for plinking or pet loads, it's ball shape meters easily and keeps consistent weights. I like the faster burning powders too like Reloader 7 & 10, H4198. They are cleaner burning and do well in my mini 14.
     
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  6. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    My "standard" load for the past 40 years has been

    MilSurp cases
    Remington (or winchester) 55 gr FMJBT (M193 ball)
    Remington 7 1/2 primers
    H335 powder

    My loads duplicate M193 Ball.:)
     
  7. Shade

    Shade New Member

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    I am similar to locutus;

    Once fired brass
    55 gr FMJBT (M193 ball) (usually Hornady, but not that picky)
    Remington 7 1/2 primers
    24.5 gr of Accurate 2230 powder

    I have been using CCI and Winchester primers when I cannot get
    Remington, no significant change in impact at 300 yds. I also use
    milsurp pulled bullets again availability issues.
     
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  8. jjfuller1

    jjfuller1 New Member

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    I've been using h335 powder, cci primers, Winchester 55gr fmj. You might want to try a heavier bullet due to your twist. But it's hard to say
     
  9. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    55grain in my 1in7 bcm carbine 16" starts losing its chow around the 300 yard mark. 200 or less 55grain fmj works just fine.
     
  10. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

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    Why once fired brass, why not 2x (or more)?

    Where is a good place to get bullets?
     
  11. Shade

    Shade New Member

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    There is one in every crowd... :rolleyes:

    Right now, anybody who has any in stock... :mad:
     
  12. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

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    ok, help this newbie...
     
  13. jjfuller1

    jjfuller1 New Member

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    Once fired brass is generally good commercial ammo that was shot, picked up and is intended for its first reload.


    Sometimes cases go for as many as 8 to 10 loadings. Other times only 3,4 or 5. So getting new or once used brass is preferred over 5 or 6 time used brass
     
  14. Shade

    Shade New Member

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    Thought you were being a smartass not having a serious question, my
    apologies.

    "once-fired" brass is generally spent brass from military or police ranges
    and occasionally a civilian range. Since the military never reloads and
    police rarely use reloaded ammo. You can with some degree of certainty
    assume their brass is once fired. That is where the term comes from
    it might have been reloaded or remanufactured product, you seldom will
    know not that it matters alot. Inspect it carefully after resizing for cracks
    and you should be good to go.
     
  15. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

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    Thank you,

    I've been saving all of my brass and trying to pick up a little here and there. Getting a pretty good collection built up. Will probably place an order in the next month or so. Most of my stuff is unknown life.
     
  16. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    I have a 1 in 7 twist. I use a 75 grain Horandy BTHP. I use BL-C(2) powder. CCI small rifle primers.

    With this combination my rifle will shoot 3 shot groups at 100 yards with all three rounds touching each other.