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Posted: 9/18/2012 6:45:11 PM
So, I am getting ready to load 223 for the first time and I need to decide on a powder. What do you recommend to begin with? I'm looking for a ball type powder so it measures better through my PM. My friend suggests H335, but I'm not sure what type of powder that is and I want to hear what you guys use.
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Posted: 9/18/2012 6:56:22 PM
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H-335 is good stuff, I also like Accurate 2230. I've been using WC-844. It's surplus powder comparable to the H-335. You can order it for as little as about $80/8lb keg. I've actually gotten very good accuracy from it too.
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Posted: 9/18/2012 6:58:05 PM
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Your friend is correct. H-335 (Hodgdon 335) is an excellent ball powder for the .223 as is W-748 (Winchester 748) or BL-C2. There are a few others too. If you into gun shows and such you may find some surplus WC-846 or WC-844.

The WC-844 is similar to H-335.
The WC-846 is similar to BL-C2

One added note. The Speer loading manual recomends using a magnum primer with ball powders. I have used it both with and without the magnum primer and have gotten good results. For regular full power (as in not low end or lite) loads I recommend the CCI 450 magnum primer or the Mil-Spec primer. Which IIRC is the CCI #41.
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Posted: 9/18/2012 6:59:18 PM
I bought quite a bit of AA2230 back when it was on sale and it has been my go-to powder for plinker .223 for quite a while.. It's dwindling now though.

Recently, I picked up a couple of jugs of WC844 for use in my plinker rounds.

I use whichever powder is most economical when I need it (before I need it), and buy in as big a quantity as I can afford.
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Posted: 9/18/2012 7:14:57 PM
I use win-748, I keep the loads semi mild as it is a temperature sensitive powder.
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Posted: 9/18/2012 7:16:13 PM
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Posted: 9/18/2012 8:15:18 PM
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Posted: 9/18/2012 8:21:34 PM
TAC as well. Meters like water through the 550b.
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Posted: 9/18/2012 8:21:48 PM
All of the above are great for .223/5.56 and I use most of them myself...for the price and versatility it's hard to beat TAC though. If I had to pick one that's the one I'd use.
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Posted: 9/18/2012 8:34:03 PM
Part of the enjoyment (for me anyway) is the ability to experiment with different components until I find one that I like. With only minor cost (purchase one pound containers of various powders) and shooting, you can come to your own conclusions. I use the Lee reloading book for powder/component work up but there are other good documents out there (most for free via the various producer web sites). The key (I think) is the final product you are looking for and to that end, you have to be the user (or shooter).
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Posted: 9/18/2012 8:41:19 PM
I switch up between H335,Tac and Ball C lot2 because each one gives me nitch loads that I have developed with the different bullet weights that i use (40 - 77).
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Posted: 9/18/2012 9:32:19 PM
Listed in order of my preference, CFE 223, Tac, AA-2230, H-335.

All are good ball powders for 223.
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I have used CFE223, H-335, and BLC-2 with great results
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Posted: 9/18/2012 10:19:35 PM
H335 is what I like
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Posted: 9/18/2012 10:50:17 PM
another vote on H335
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Posted: 9/18/2012 10:57:32 PM
Agree with the hive...
335 is a great starting point that will take you a long way. TAC is also very easy to PM.
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Posted: 9/19/2012 12:04:57 AM
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Posted: 9/19/2012 1:17:03 AM
Originally Posted By goldeneye:
So, I am getting ready to load 223 for the first time and I need to decide on a powder. What do you recommend to begin with? I'm looking for a ball type powder so it measures better through my PM. My friend suggests H335, but I'm not sure what type of powder that is and I want to hear what you guys use.


I'm agnostic on ball vs. stick, but Speer always uses magnum primers in their load data, when using ball powders.

Not saying that that's the only way to skin a cat, but just keep it in mind.

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Posted: 9/19/2012 1:25:32 AM
Using a 55 gr Hornady ZMax bullet with CCI 41 primers and 25.3 grains of H335 powder, seated to 2.233 has been a good accurate load for me. I have a 1 in 9 twist 16" barrel.
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Posted: 9/19/2012 3:05:57 AM
Originally Posted By ChrisGarrett:
Originally Posted By goldeneye:
So, I am getting ready to load 223 for the first time and I need to decide on a powder. What do you recommend to begin with? I'm looking for a ball type powder so it measures better through my PM. My friend suggests H335, but I'm not sure what type of powder that is and I want to hear what you guys use.


I'm agnostic on ball vs. stick, but Speer always uses magnum primers in their load data, when using ball powders.

Not saying that that's the only way to skin a cat, but just keep it in mind.

Chris




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Posted: 9/19/2012 7:36:20 AM
CFE 223 is my favorite ball powder. I've gotten much better results with it than H335. YMMV.
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Posted: 9/19/2012 7:54:13 AM
For blasting ammo I've been burning through WC-844 with some pretty decent results. I've been wanting to try the CFE-223 for some accuracy loads, but have been focusing on bigger cartridges recently.
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Posted: 9/19/2012 8:39:15 AM
Originally Posted By Motor1:
Your friend is correct. H-335 (Hodgdon 335) is an excellent ball powder for the .223 as is W-748 (Winchester 748) or BL-C2. There are a few others too. If you into gun shows and such you may find some surplus WC-846 or WC-844.

The WC-844 is similar to H-335.
The WC-846 is similar to BL-C2

One added note. The Speer loading manual recomends using a magnum primer with ball powders. I have used it both with and without the magnum primer and have gotten good results. For regular full power (as in not low end or lite) loads I recommend the CCI 450 magnum primer or the Mil-Spec primer. Which IIRC is the CCI #41.


Surplus WC844 with the CCI #41 primer is what I'm using now.
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