z3beemer
z3beemer
3 posts
Joined October 2007

Powder for .223

I'm looking for powder recommendations for 223 that do NOT result in a compressed load.  I normally load a standard 55gr boat tail ball bullets.  I use a lot of Winchester 748 and have had good results with it.  But at 29 grs the case is filled to the brim and every time I index my 550 a little power spills out.  After a 100 rds or so the press is a mess and I have to clean it.  Any recommendations on powders that hold consistent and are not a compressed load?
dillon
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dillon
2,820 posts
Joined July 2007

RE: Powder for .223

29 rains sounds like more than I have ever seen listed for a 55 grain bullet. Please recheck your loading data.
z3beemer
z3beemer
3 posts
Joined October 2007

RE: Powder for .223

Rechecked its 26 grns.  Book shows 23.6-26.2 grns.  of WW748....still results in a compressed load and spillage.
markwalter
markwalter
40 posts
Joined April 2008

RE: Powder for .223

I was steered to Hodgden 335 for my .223. Very consistant charge weights thru my 550B with no compression. Clean burning and accurate. I use this powder for several calibers up to .45-70.

Mark

 

dillon
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dillon
2,820 posts
Joined July 2007

RE: Powder for .223

Push down on the edge of the shellplate between stations 2 and three. If it feels springy, then snug the shellplate bolt down a bit more. The level of powder shouldn't be above the base of the neck.
Sniper48
Sniper48
2 posts
Joined August 2011

RE: Powder for .223

I am relatively new to reloading and am still learning, but I was given a lot of reloading equipment and have begun reloading .223.  I have an eight pound can of IMR 4895 and I checked the various handbooks for this powder.  It starts at 23 grains, so I began loading at 24.4 grains, using a 50 grain HP bullet.  I havn't range tested this load yet, but it fills the .223 case to about the shoulder only.  I didn't try a load of IMR4895 closer to the max. for this powder, as I rarely go that high because I don't wish to split cases, if I can avoid it.

I also have three 8 pound cans of 2400.  If anyone has data on using this powder in .223 cases, please pass it along.  I think that 2400 is primarily a powder for pistol loads.

That is all I have for now.

northforty40
northforty40
1 post
Joined March 2012

RE: Powder for .223

I know this is a very late answer, but 25 grains of Benchmark behind a 55 grain bullet is a great load and is about 90% case capacity.  A very good shooting load in my M4.  (I don't like compressed loads, either.)
khill10882
khill10882
21 posts
Joined February 2013

RE: Powder for .223

I use Hodgden 335, 223 and vergot powder and never have to compress the powder.
cunninmp
cunninmp
1 post
Joined June 2013

RE: Powder for .223

I also use H335. If you check loading data, you'll see that it shouldn't be a compressed charge. My rifle shoots at a .200 group all day long at 100 yards.
Mike C
anytym
anytym
1 post
Joined January 2009

RE: Powder for .223

I have been using TAC powder for my AR15 and .22-250 loads. 24.5 grains for .223 and 34.5 grains in the .22-250. Works great. I've loaded
over 200,000 rounds with this powder. My Super 1050 measures this out exact every powder drop. I am very lucky as I get this powder in bulk, 55lb. kegs for $14.57 (last price) per pound. I have probably used
700 or 800 pounds of it.
kbfish
kbfish
3 posts
Joined September 2007

RE: Powder for .223

I have used WW748, but find the H335 meters better and for me shoot better. I know there are other newer cleaner burning powders for the 5.56 and I have a pound on the shelf, but not used it yet. The H335 so far has been the preferred choice at least for me.