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 Any "Standard" loads for .223 with 55 gr. bullet
OLIVENERNTE  [Member]
5/19/2009 4:39:18 PM
I am looking for recommendations on a load for .223 with 55 gr. bullet. I usually spend tons of time loading rounds and testing them at the range, but am not wanting to do that for the .223 until sometime in the future. If I am wanting to build decent plinking rounds, are there some standard/well known loads for the .223 with 55gr, bullet? My rifle is a Bushmaster with 16" barrel. Thanks.
abpt1  [Team Member]
5/19/2009 4:55:35 PM
http://www.ar15.com/content/page.html?id=206
OLIVENERNTE  [Member]
5/19/2009 5:27:09 PM
Now thats a lot of data
billyhill  [Team Member]
5/20/2009 12:43:08 AM
Do not use that data without working up!!!!!!! If you are looking for something to go bang, choose a starting load from a reputable manual and use it. You will still need to test fire it for reliability before loading up a large batch. Odds are it will shoot as well as a lot of commercial or surplus ball ammo for plinking purposes without you getting a potential overload from internet data. Bad things can happen if you don't follow procedures......Always work up!
Zoomer302  [Member]
5/20/2009 12:51:39 AM
H 335 25 grains.
Vit. N-133 25 Grains
Win 748 25 Grains
Imr 4895 25 Grains

My gun LOVES H335, 25 Grains, Hornady PSP's, 2.247 OAL.. tiny little ragged holes.

Remember, you're dealing with 35-50 THOUSAND psi. Please read the book...........
EWP  [Member]
5/20/2009 1:08:32 AM
Mil Spec ammo is hotter than any published loads and no one hesitates to shoot it, all published AR data will be safe in most all guns. Just make sure your not using bolt gun data for max loads there is a difference.
OLIVENERNTE  [Member]
5/20/2009 1:15:56 PM
Thanks Guys. I especially appreciate the responses from Zoomer and EWP. Also appreciate the safety concerns from others.
I have been reloading for 30 years and have never had an incident. I know how to develop loads and not to trust internet data.
However, I know that the AR being what it is, that there must be some so called std./established loads that will function correctly in most AR's.
The same is true for .308 semi's and bolt rifles. Many of my recipes derived after hours of range time ended up being the same as those recommended.
I plan to load a few of these rounds to check for pressure and function before loading a bunch.
Thanks for the info!
DirtyDrew  [Member]
5/20/2009 2:58:51 PM
My gun LOVES H335, 25 Grains, Hornady PSP's, 2.247 OAL.. tiny little ragged holes.



+1
markm  [Team Member]
5/20/2009 5:25:27 PM
A somewhat popular practice load amongst us shooters on another board is 24.5 grains of TAC. TAC really isn't a light bullet powder, but it happens to make a great practice round that runs a WIDE variety of ARs.

All of my guns from my SBRs all the way to my 20 inch rifle love this load. Plus it's cheap.
Car15DJ  [Member]
5/20/2009 5:34:22 PM
i have a 11.5 ar and i use 24.0 grains of imr 4895 in my 55 grain 223 ammo that is my plinking and it works great in my gun
billyhill  [Team Member]
5/20/2009 6:38:34 PM
As long as you are an experienced reloader,

I put my vote behind 2 loads already posted:

25 gr of H335 (Fed 205M) behind any sierra 55 sp and it will generally shoot real well (I have not tried this combo with the blitzking)

24.5gr TAC (Fed 205M or Rem 71/2) is one of my favorite loads with 52-55gr bullets and a powderpuff load running less than 3000fps, but behind a 52gr SMK or Nosler BT.
WholeBunches  [Member]
5/20/2009 9:28:09 PM
I use 26.5GR WW748, CCI MIL SMALL RIFLE PRIMERS, 55GR FMJ, 2.26” OAL. It is used in my M16, Colt AR15, SIG 556, STG 556, and XCR with fine results with each firearm. Of course the velocity varies with the firearm, but basically gives 2900fps in 16" barrels and 3000fps in 20" barrels. I don't sort the brass and use military and commercial brass interchangeably.
OLIVENERNTE  [Member]
5/20/2009 10:19:10 PM
Thanks for the great info guys!
Flash66  [Member]
5/21/2009 7:42:24 PM
Isn't 25 grs of H-335 very close to a military load with typical data in the 3100+ FPS range (20 inch) for 55 grs bullets?
terrance250  [Team Member]
5/21/2009 7:48:50 PM
My standard .223 load is 25 grains of TAC, Remington 7 1/2 primers, & Hornady 55 grain FMJ/BT's.

FMWright  [Team Member]
5/21/2009 8:01:50 PM
Originally Posted By markm:
A somewhat popular practice load amongst us shooters on another board is 24.5 grains of TAC. TAC really isn't a light bullet powder, but it happens to make a great practice round that runs a WIDE variety of ARs.

All of my guns from my SBRs all the way to my 20 inch rifle love this load. Plus it's cheap.


Another board?? There is another board out there?!?!?!?



































j/k

KB7DX  [Team Member]
5/21/2009 10:46:23 PM
My standard plinking/CQB practice round is
22.7g H-335, 55g pulled fmj, CCI 450 primer in any case seated to mid cannalure and crimped.
My 55g accuracy round is
24.5g H-335, Hornady 55g fmj, CCI 450 primer in a LC case seated mid cannalure and crimped.
This is shot from a 14.5 inch Bushy. I used to use 24.0g in the accuracy rounds but 24.5 is a tad better.
The 22.7g loads are the lowest I can go and still have the gun cycle well.