I'm about to start reloading .223 / 5.56 on my Dillon 650. I have the conversion kit and the actual Dillon die set.
I'll be loading 68 grain Match Kings and firing them from a 16" long 1:7 barrel.
I imagine there is a very "figured out" load for this combo. I target shoot with the gun, but I may take out a 4-legger here and there, or, God forbid an attacking 2-legger...so I'd like to load both lighter target loads as well as hot self defense / hunting loads. I have a huge supply of both Hornady and Remington brass, and I prefer VV powders...or anything that burns super clean.
Any advice? I understand the legal ramificaions of reloading data and have read the sticky.
Thanks for any help!
Check out the database stickied in the forum...
I like TAC powder for the Dillon 650. Cheap, good powder that meters like a dream in the 650.
I have done quite a bit of reloading for the 69 Sierra, and had very good luck with BL-C(2). If you can find it, RL-12 was also very accurate.
Originally Posted By Wingman26:
In Glen Zedeker's book "The Accurate AR15" he points out BLC2 for particular attention, unfortunately it isn't a recommendation, in the entire book he only warns against one powder for 223, and that's BLC2, he calls it "spooky under the sun", not exactly a glowing recommendation!
If you want to use it, it's temperature sensitive so keep your loads on the moderate side.
Varget is supposed to be better in temp swings.
Ramshot Load Data
223 Remington 1 in 7 or 9 twist barrel
Barrel: 24", Twist 1-7" or 1-9", Primer FED 205
TAC––- 68 HDY BTHP––- 23.0––- 2,714––- 25.5––- 3,015––- 52,580––- 2.260
TAC––- 69 SIE HPBT–––– 22.7––- 2,704––- 25.2––- 3,004––- 51,780––- 2.260
TAC––- 75 HDY BTHP––– 21.2––- 2,511––- 23.6––- 2,790––- 50,760––- 2.260
TAC––- 77 NOS HPBT––– 21.2–––– 2,515––- 23.5–– 2,794––- 52,500––- 2.260
TAC––- 80 SIE HPBT––––20.7–––– 2,444––- 23.0–– -2,715––- 53,500––- 2.260