What are your pet loads for .223?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Shopfox, Jun 28, 2018.

  1. Shopfox

    Shopfox Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I understand there are a lot of different twist rates and barrel lengths and each rifle is an individual. I understand also it's best practice to start with low published loads and work up. Also what is mentioned may not be safe in somebody's rifle...

    With these disclaimers out of the way, what are the most accurate loads you have found for your .223/5.56 rifles?
     
  2. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    Factory 75 gr. JHP's !.................
     
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  3. Shopfox

    Shopfox Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Which brand?
     
  4. hairbear1

    hairbear1 Well-Known Member

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    My son's Stevens 1:9 twist .223 likes 25gns of BM2 (Australian powder by Thales) behind a 55gn Vmax for roughly a 1/2" group.
    A mate's .223 also likes the same load of BM2 but half a grain less powder.
     
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  5. Viking

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    24 grains of IMR 3031 behind a 55 grain FMJ boat tail bullet works for me, clean burning and good velocity.
     
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  6. Shopfox

    Shopfox Well-Known Member Supporter

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    What brand/kind of 55gr FMJ's do you use?
     
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    I like 45-50 gr cast bullet over 6.0 gr. Unique...
     
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  8. Viking

    Viking Well-Known Member

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    They were no name bullets but I miked them and they checked out to be pretty good quality.
     
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  9. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    55 Grain M193 ball, (Remington or Winchester) Remington 7 1/2 primers, Milsurp brass and a heavy charge of H335 or AAC 2230S.
     
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  10. alsaqr

    alsaqr Well-Known Member Supporter

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    ^This.

    i use an LC case, Winchester primer, 24 grains of IMR 3031 behind nearly any 55 grain bullet. Using the 55 grain Sierra game king bullet two of my rifles make .75" five shot groups at 100 meters. The Remington 700 SPS is just a little more accurate than the Sako. The CZ 527 makes 1" five shot groups at 100 meters.
     
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  11. Oldoutlaw

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    Best common round for me so far is the Wolf Gold 55gr FMJ made in Taiwan. Brass cased. Pretty good prices around also. I now buy it by the case.
    Works in all my barrels with 1-9, 1-8, and 1-7 twist rates. 16" through 20" barrels.
    Don't know why this stuff is so good and accurate in all of them, but it is. Others I know have been finding the same. 100 to 300 yard shooting.
     
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  12. hairbear1

    hairbear1 Well-Known Member

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    Here in Australia there's a brand out that is made by a mob called OSA (Outdoor Sporting Agencies) in conjunction with Thales that produces a .223 round with a 55gn GameKing or 55gn Sierra BlitzKing in ammo cans that hold 900 rounds for something like $900 with a stated velocity of 3220fps. The Pro roo shooters snap these up as you can't basically reload for what these are selling for and they're very accurate.
     
  13. Sniper03

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    One of my favorite Factory produced 223 Rounds is without a doubt the
    Federal Premium Vita-Shok P223E round.
    They use Sierra Game King Boat Tail Hollow Point 55 Grain Bullets, 3240 fps.
    On several occasions shooting my Rock River Arms Varmint Model Rifles 1:8 Twist from the Bench and Bags on a calm day have had 1/4 MOA (1/4 inch) 3 shot groups with this factory round. I load also, but have not been able to produce anything any better than this round. When I was still working we carried them on the SWAT Team for many years and they performed well for that application. Another good thing about them was for training we would use the American Eagle 55 grain FMJ rounds which did not change our zero out to 100 yards but slightly an inch or two at most.
    Try some of the P223E! Simply hard to beat when it comes to performance and accuracy.;)

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  14. RJF22553

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    Perhaps the tyranny of low expectations, but PMC Bronze .223 REM works well for my 181GB Mini (1:10), 583 Tactical (1:9) and Savage Bolt (1:9). 2-4 MOA out of my least accurate (181GB built in 1977), depending on my patience and the level of intensity on the 3 MOA red-dot on it. Good enough for me! I buy it by the case. Also M193 PPU (recent addition) for my Minis only (Savage bolt is .223 only). Couldn't pass up the price, and still have plenty of PMC .223 Bronze for the Savage. Don't shoot paper and don't hunt. Plinking is my thing and they do well. Only lethal use (other than home/farm defense) would be to humanely dispatch a rabid 'yote or fox at 200-300 yards. Thankfully haven't had to do that!
     
  15. Greg_r

    Greg_r Well-Known Member

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    I have several favorites. My plinking load is a 55 grain FMJ pushed by a Max load of H335. For varmints I like the Speer 52 grain HP pushed by Varget, and when I use it for larger game I like the 65 grain Sierra pushed by Varget.
     
  16. Chainfire

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    Where I live it is illegal to use a .223 on a pet.
     
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  17. Shopfox

    Shopfox Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I went for a walk tonight and saw 3 skunks out. Had to cross the street 3 different occassions to give them their space. Applying a pet load would have been very tempting if I wasnt in city limits.