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Cheapest .223 powder for plinking?
kncook  [Member]
I'm looking into the cost of reloading .223 and am seeing a lot of information on a lot of powders....I'm mainly doing it for the range and plinking. Who sells the cheapest powder for just "shooting around" 55-62 grain loads in an AR15?
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DIXIEDOG  [Member]
Cheap powder

Try WC844 surplus powder, it's cheap and works well for .223.
dryflash3  [Team Member]
Try Powder Valley for AA-2230 or Tac.
kncook  [Member]
Cool....can the same powder load my .308 and 7.62X39 loads for plinking?

colt100  [Member]
Try Ramshot TAC from powder valley. Last time I ordered it, it was like $95/8#, which is the same cost as the surplus powder out there. If new powder is the same cost as surplus, it's a no brainer to me to order the new.

You can use TAC for 308 but I'm not sure if you can use it for 7.62x39. Tac works great for plinking and general use and it meters like water.
CherokeeT  [Member]
I use H335 & AA2230 in 7.62x39 so I would consider TAC as well, just work up carefully.
Lakemoor  [Team Member]
I missed out on the super TAC sale from Midway a ways back. Even without the sale TAC is cheap compared to other powders and it seems members here get good results. That said. I'll stick with H335 cause it's what I have on hand but if I there is another big sale on TAC I'd jump all over that.
dryflash3  [Team Member]
Originally Posted By colt100:
Try Ramshot TAC from powder valley. Last time I ordered it, it was like $95/8#, which is the same cost as the surplus powder out there. If new powder is the same cost as surplus, it's a no brainer to me to order the new.

You can use TAC for 308 but I'm not sure if you can use it for 7.62x39. Tac works great for plinking and general use and it meters like water.


I've been looking for load data for Tac in 7.62x39. For 123 gr and 147 gr bullets.

Nothing on Ramshot's site.

Anybody have a link?

AeroE  [Moderator]
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strat81  [Team Member]
An alternative to cheaper powder is to use less powder.

I'm running Reloader 7 with 55gr FMJBTs in .223 using charge weights in the high 20gr range. That compares to my H335 load for the same bullet that's in the high 24gr range. It cycles my 16" carbine-gas AR.

RL7 is a relatively fast powder, so it won't get you max velocity. However, recoil is noticeably milder. It also works well with lighter bullets. I use RL7 in my 7.62x39 loads too.
Maryland_Shooter  [Team Member]
Interesting.
SMPrider112  [Member]
Revived from 2008!?
tdowell  [Team Member]
Originally Posted By strat81:
An alternative to cheaper powder is to use less powder.

I'm running Reloader 7 with 55gr FMJBTs in .223 using charge weights in the high 20gr range. That compares to my H335 load for the same bullet that's in the high 24gr range. It cycles my 16" carbine-gas AR.

RL7 is a relatively fast powder, so it won't get you max velocity. However, recoil is noticeably milder. It also works well with lighter bullets. I use RL7 in my 7.62x39 loads too.


+1 on less powder, I'm in the process of testing IMR4198, with wolf magnum primers and LC brass, I'm able to load 16.2gr and getting 2500fps. need to do some more shooting to determine accuracy.

TeeRex  [Team Member]
Originally Posted By SMPrider112:
Revived from 2008!?



Right before the election none the less!

strat81  [Team Member]
Originally Posted By SMPrider112:
Revived from 2008!?


Yup. It's one of the "gateway" threads from the tacked link above. It's just as relevant today as it was in 2008. Just adding to the knowledge base.
dryflash3  [Moderator]
Originally Posted By SMPrider112:
Revived from 2008!?


Check pages 30 and 31 of this forum. Lots of great threads that were saved from the archive.

The only thread that refuses to die is the 100% Official Reloading bench Thread. Link.
Maryland_Shooter  [Team Member]
Originally Posted By tdowell:
Originally Posted By strat81:
An alternative to cheaper powder is to use less powder.

I'm running Reloader 7 with 55gr FMJBTs in .223 using charge weights in the high 20gr range. That compares to my H335 load for the same bullet that's in the high 24gr range. It cycles my 16" carbine-gas AR.

RL7 is a relatively fast powder, so it won't get you max velocity. However, recoil is noticeably milder. It also works well with lighter bullets. I use RL7 in my 7.62x39 loads too.


+1 on less powder, I'm in the process of testing IMR4198, with wolf magnum primers and LC brass, I'm able to load 16.2gr and getting 2500fps. need to do some more shooting to determine accuracy.



I have one pound - let me know how it goes. Your description above - what grain bullet - 55 grain?

uncleboomboom  [Team Member]
This is by far the 'cheapest' load I have seen (from the 1991 Hercules Reloaders Guide)............although I've never tried it.

Caliber: .223 Rem
Bullet: Hornady 55 gr FMJBT
Primer: Fed 205
Powder: Hercules (Alliant) 2400
Chg Wt: 14 gr.

FPS: 2,685

You could load 500 rounds from a pound of powder. That certainly makes it cheap!
glorifiedG  [Team Member]
It ain't on the list anymore http://www.alliantpowder.com/reloaders/Powder.aspx?powderid=9
jonblack  [Member]
Hmm...that 2400 load looks interesting. Anybody have any thoughts about it?

jonblack
uncleboomboom  [Team Member]
Might be just the thing for all those people who've SBR'd their AR's. Fast burning enough to be completely consumed when being fired from a 10.5" (or shorter) barrel. None of this
joedapro  [Member]
Originally Posted By kncook:
I'm looking into the cost of reloading .223 and am seeing a lot of information on a lot of powders....I'm mainly doing it for the range and plinking. Who sells the cheapest powder for just "shooting around" 55-62 grain loads in an AR15?


for just "plinking" reduce your loads. i use 8 grains of unique and 40 grain bullets. accurate to at least 100 yards.
fatboy79  [Team Member]
Keep an eye on Midway, I got the TAC deal from them. It ended up as $15 a pound shipped which is $7 less than locally. I use 24.5 grains with Hornady bulk 55gr FMJ for an average of just under 3000fps for 20" barrel and 2850 for a 16". That load gets me 285 per pound.
uncleboomboom  [Team Member]
Originally Posted By joedapro:
Originally Posted By kncook:
I'm looking into the cost of reloading .223 and am seeing a lot of information on a lot of powders....I'm mainly doing it for the range and plinking. Who sells the cheapest powder for just "shooting around" 55-62 grain loads in an AR15?


for just "plinking" reduce your loads. i use 8 grains of unique and 40 grain bullets. accurate to at least 100 yards.


Will this load cycle an AR????
tdowell  [Team Member]
Originally Posted By Maryland_Shooter:
Originally Posted By tdowell:
Originally Posted By strat81:
An alternative to cheaper powder is to use less powder.

I'm running Reloader 7 with 55gr FMJBTs in .223 using charge weights in the high 20gr range. That compares to my H335 load for the same bullet that's in the high 24gr range. It cycles my 16" carbine-gas AR.

RL7 is a relatively fast powder, so it won't get you max velocity. However, recoil is noticeably milder. It also works well with lighter bullets. I use RL7 in my 7.62x39 loads too.


+1 on less powder, I'm in the process of testing IMR4198, with wolf magnum primers and LC brass, I'm able to load 16.2gr and getting 2500fps. need to do some more shooting to determine accuracy.



Actually its 62gr, but load data is VERY similar for the 55gr.


I have one pound - let me know how it goes. Your description above - what grain bullet - 55 grain?



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