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Thread: The “you can’t go wrong” .223 load

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    The “you can’t go wrong” .223 load

    I noticed on a lot of rifles throughout the years that there seems to be particular loads with various calibers that you simply can’t go wrong with, for example 92- 94gr of 2225 in a 338 edge with a 300gr or 72/74gr of 2217 in a sako 7 rem mag with the 162sl and so on. These such loads seem to always be bang on with various rifles. Is there such a holy grail load in a 223 that you just can’t go wrong with? Am a confident reloader

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    Sako 85 varmint 1/12 twist
    Lapua brass unfired
    Redding bushing dies

    Want to shoot deer so am thinking 55gr non match bullets

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    24.5GRNS AR 2206 mild but shoots very well I have used that behind everything from 50-55grns over the years...now use 748 cause it was cheap....like me.
    for deer my go to is now a 50 grn ttsx with similar powder charge..slightly more but not much...they kill much better than they should.
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    25.4gn of ADI 2206h with a 55gn projectile (SP, HP, FMJ, Blitzking, V-Max) seems to be a magic number in the various .223/5.56 rifles I've had.

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    Across different rifles too?

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    Zastava mini mauser for me... and dogmatix volume is what Im pushing the ttsx at.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sakoswarosorted View Post
    Across different rifles too?
    Yep.
    Tikka T3 Varmint 1 in 8"
    Miroku M-Bolt 1 in 12"
    Sako 75 1 in 8"
    Schmeisser AR 1 in 9"
    Aero/Stag 5.56 AR 1 in 9"
    Aero/Spikes 5.56 AR 1 in 7"
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    I’d agree that’s a bunch of rifles! Is that 75gr amax in the far right? They are are absolutely the business in my fast twist 22-250ai

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    I know 42-42.4gr of AR2008 under a 168gr pill is the default for replicating Federal Gold Medal Match 308 - which is supposedly right around the "optimum charge weight", all to do with harmonics apparently. Wouldn't be surprised any common loads you come across for other cals happen to be OCW loads for them too.

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    25.8gr BM2, ADI brass, CCI 450 primer, 55gr Nosler Shots seated to 2.26"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sakoswarosorted View Post
    I’d agree that’s a bunch of rifles! Is that 75gr amax in the far right? They are are absolutely the business in my fast twist 22-250ai
    Sure is.
    They are not great to fit in Sako mags though.
    I now use 77gn Tipped MatchKings instead.
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    you could try one of Dan Newberry's OCW Loads using Win 748

    .223 Remington, using W748 powder:
    40 grain bullet, 28.0 grains
    50 grain bullet, 27.1 grains.
    55 grain bullet, 26.6 grains
    (a good milder load is 26.0 grains of W748 with a 55 grain bullets)
    If power matters, recoil will be a necessary evil

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    I use 26gn's of 748 for 50's, 55's, and 60's in my rifle, all seem to shoot to the same point for the first 200 metres. 748 is so easy to load with, great through a thrower if you're in a hurry.

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    Speed and accuracy through a 1/8 twist 25 grains of BM2 with 55 to 62 grain projectiles.

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    Belmont black shoots great in every 223 ive tryed it in and at .65c each when i last brought some its not worth reloading.

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    I was told 24gr of BM2.

    Settled on 23.7gr being a 65gr sierra GK. Exceptional accuracy and killing power.

 

 

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