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 H335, Varget, or other for overall good powder for 40 - 62 Grain 223 rem
twinhairdryers  [Member]
3/25/2010 5:37:04 PM EST
So, i am tired of overpaying for the hazmat shipping fees for my powder, and just started reloading 223 rem (did lots of handgun loads, never rifle). I started loading H335 and some dogtown 55 and 62 grain FMJHPs, and some 40 grain V-max for my Contender pistol load. I had some reasonable luck trying to work up a good load for a rifle and a pistol (close but not quite there). ran out of my H335, and the only thing I could find locally is Varget. i've read a lot of good things about that one for 223 use also, but want to pick one and stick with it. what powder is best for 50 yard pistols, and up to 200 meter rifle target loads? haven't tried the varget yet, but have noticed that it takes a couple grains more powder for comparable loads than the H335, which i don't care too much about, although in the long run it will be more expensive.

also, anyone have a favorite Contender 223 rem load they like, or AR pistol that also works for lighter AR rifle loads out to 200 meters? I found so many opinions it makes my head spin around, but the next order I make it will be 8 -15 pounds so i'm trying to find one powder to do all. not looking at driving nats asses off at 600 meters, but something decent for a powder. H335, Varget, or Tac?
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jonblack  [Member]
3/25/2010 5:59:04 PM EST
I am currently using H335 and like it a lot. I have also used TAC. Liked it, too. H335 is easier for me to get so I am sticking with that. Most people will agree that Varget doesn't meter as good as a ball powder like H335 or TAC. I am only shooting man sized steels, not paper punching. I can hit these with an EOTech at 445 yards, so it meets my requirements. I have no idea how well my load/gun combo does otherwise.

jonblack
dryflash3  [Team Member]
3/25/2010 6:43:13 PM EST
I have used H-335, AA-2230, W-748, BLC2, Tac, IMR-3031, IMR-4895, IMR-4064, H-414, IMR-8208, Re-15, and Varget in 223. AR's, bolt action rifle, 14" Contender.

The ball powders are the easiest to load, the first five listed. BLC2 is my favorite, Tac a very close second.

BLC2 is accurate in 55 and 62 gr loads in all of my guns.

The IMR's (except IMR-4064) are all accurate, but measure poorly. However IMR-8208 measures great and is my favorite here.

Varget measures poorly, I quit using it once I tried RE-15, which measures a lot better with the same accuracy.

You may end up trying several different powders before you find one you and your guns like.

Good luck
IndyGrendel63  [Member]
3/25/2010 7:03:06 PM EST
Originally Posted By dryflash3:
I have used H-335, AA-2230, W-748, BLC2, Tac, IMR-3031, IMR-4895, IMR-4064, H-414, IMR-8208, Re-15, and Varget in 223. AR's, bolt action rifle, 14" Contender.

The ball powders are the easiest to load, the first five listed. BLC2 is my favorite, Tac a very close second.

BLC2 is accurate in 55 and 62 gr loads in all of my guns.

The IMR's (except IMR-4064) are all accurate, but measure poorly. However IMR-8208 measures great and is my favorite here.

Varget measures poorly, I quit using it once I tried RE-15, which measures a lot better with the same accuracy.

You may end up trying several different powders before you find one you and your guns like.

Good luck


Like Dryflash3 said keep trying until you find one you gun(s) like. I personally have not found a load for 55 grain pills that my rifle will spit out reasonably. But for everything heavier than that it likes RE-15 (used it for many years now) and I recently tried TAC and it REALLY LIKES that powder. I think I will be buying a big jug of that someday soon.

Just my .02

Indy