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Posted: 10/27/2010 6:36:00 PM EDT
Today I tryed out my first .223 reloads. I started with 23 gr Accurate 2230 and worked up to 24gr. they all worked just like they should. Today was just to see if i resized them right and ran in the AR . Next trip I will do the same thing but see how well they hit were i want them . At what range should i check this? Thanks for any info
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Link Posted: 10/27/2010 6:40:09 PM EDT
100 yards is good for testing .223 to minimize effects of wind.
Link Posted: 10/27/2010 6:41:43 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/27/2010 6:48:14 PM EDT
Thanks 100 it will be as the range is only 100
Link Posted: 10/27/2010 6:56:24 PM EDT
Be careful as you approach 25 grains with AA2230. Ive had high pressure signs in two rifles show up at just under 25 grains while the speer #14 manual suggests 26 grains as max. Welcome to the club!
Link Posted: 10/27/2010 7:49:45 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/27/2010 7:58:56 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/27/2010 8:00:02 PM EDT by Xringlover]
Originally Posted By dryflash3:
Originally Posted By TGrant:
Be careful as you approach 25 grains with AA2230. Ive had high pressure signs in two rifles show up at just under 25 grains while the speer #14 manual suggests 26 grains as max. Welcome to the club!


In my AR, I got pressure signs at 26.0 grs AA-2230, so I dropped back to 25.5 grs with good results and no pressure signs.

Which just goes to show every rifle is a little different, and why you should work your own load up and not cherry pick a load without testing in your own rifle.


Using AA 2230:

With mil brass, 22.5 was the best charge I got in accuracy with speeds running around 2600 fps. Regular brass started showing signs of too much pressure in the primers at 24.5 grains. Both of these charges was using a 69 grain Sierra HPBT bullet.

100 yards is what I usually use to determine accuracy in loads when I am at the range.
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 6:26:01 AM EDT
Welcome! I will forewarn you .. it becomes very addicting!
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 1:02:33 PM EDT
Originally Posted By TGrant:
Be careful as you approach 25 grains with AA2230. Ive had high pressure signs in two rifles show up at just under 25 grains while the speer #14 manual suggests 26 grains as max. Welcome to the club!


This is especially true if reloading Mil brass. I started getting ejector marks and flattened primers at 24.5 gr with WCC brass and 55 gr FMJ's. Backed off to 23.5, as accuracy was outstanding.
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 1:02:58 PM EDT
Lots of data on AA2230 and none of the max loads seem to be the same. I also had some pressure issues using old Accurate data with a 55 gr bullet. The newer data dropped the max quite a lot, and I tend to trust the powder manufacturers' data more than the bullet makers' data. The one exception is Sierra because they took the time to produce a separate set of data for ARs, and it matches up pretty good with the AA data.

My pet load is 23.6 gr of AA2230 behind a 55 gr Hornandy SP. Works well in AR and Mini-14.

Good luck.
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 2:28:11 PM EDT
I load to 24.5 grs of AA2230 with 55 gr FMJ for around 3050 fps (LC and R-P cases, 20 in. rifle).
I have loaded to 25 grs. (3100 to 3150 fps) but on a 100 to 110 degree day pressure signs start to show. Both these loads work well
in all of my AR's (8). From 23 grs. up shoots 1 to 2 in. groups (100 yards). One of my favorite powders for 223.
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