CFE 223 for the mini 14

Discussion in 'Mini-14 Forum' started by tri70, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. tri70

    tri70 New Member

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    I just picked up 8 lbs of CFE 223, it's a new powder and I have a reloading manual Nosler with current info on new powders. I was wondering if anyone had tried this powder. Been reading from the Hogdon web site checking load info.

    I shoot H335, RL7, RL10, H4198, Varget, H4895, Varmit, AA2015. I just bought a lb of 8208 XBR for testing too.
     
  2. Viking

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    I would have liked to get some of that powder, however powder of any kind is in pretty short supply to impossible to find here in S.W. Oregon. I can get IMR 4198 and IMR 3031. I bought 8 pounds of IMR 3031 for $160 in January and when I called a few days ago to find out if he had more he said yes but the price had gone up to $185.
     

  3. tri70

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    I was able to get 8lbs for $148 out the door. I found 1 lb of Varmint and RL7 for $24 out the door here in Muncie, Indiana. I guess the don't reload as much as other regions. I even saw Tula ammo for $10/box.
     
  4. luckey37

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    Tri70. Go to the hodgdon website. They have reloading data for cfe 223. I use 27 grains for a 55 grain fmjbt. Good luck!
     
  5. Txquail

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    I only use BLC(2) in 223 these days.
     
  6. Viking

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    When I first started loading for 223 years ago I was using BLC(2), it's a good powder that produces high velocities at lower pressures but I've found it to leave a lot of carbon mess. The IMR 3031 seems to burn really clean but it does have a bit higher pressures. I like the Sierra load chart because it gives a best load for accuracy and for hunting, the Hodgdon manual is good for load pressure info. I'd love to try out some of the other powders but as I have said there is next to nothing available within our area at this time so basically what I can get a hold of that fits the calibers I'm using. Thankfully I had the foresight to get some pistol powders and primers during O's first term otherwise I'd be S.O.L. now.
     
  7. tri70

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    I have the Hogdon web page for ref and purchased a new Nosler manual for updated powder and load info.
     
  8. tri70

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    I loaded up some 55 gr Nosler and Combined Tech in CFE 223 and a few to test with 8208 XBR for tomorrow.
     
  9. tri70

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    I didn't get out like I had planned so I'll wait till next weekend.
     
  10. tri70

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    I was able to get out and test this powder with 3 bullets; Nosler boat tail ballistic tip, flat base ballistic tip, and combined technology ballistic tip all 55 grain. The middle center is the boat tail bt, the upper right is the flat base bt and lower right is the combined tech. Shot @ 100 yds with target mini and 20 rd Promags.
     

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  11. DFlynt

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    Looks like that bottom right load has potential.

    Were those 3 shot groups Tri? Looks like the furthest right shot in that upper right group keyholed?
     
  12. tri70

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    These were 3 shot groups, it was late Sunday and I was loosing daylight. All my loads shot great in my Savage bolt. I spent a lot of time sighting in the bolt gun, scope ring screws loosened up.
     
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    These are the 1" dot bull stickers, I bought a sleeve of them, aim small, miss small.