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Posted: 10/17/2014 10:35:53 AM EST
[Last Edit: OhioLongRange]
40gr vmax

28gr w748







cant think of my heavy stuff now, will update when i get home..







EDIT:would be nice if people could post barrel length and FPS as well :)

 
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Link Posted: 10/17/2014 12:29:12 PM EST
[Last Edit: mathecb] [#1]
My go-to 77/75gr load:

Hornady 75gr., Sierra 77gr. or Nosler 77gr. HPBT match bullet
24.5gr of RL-15
CCI primers
LC or Hornady brass
COAL: 2.255"

Link Posted: 10/17/2014 1:43:24 PM EST
[#2]
23.5gr Varget
77gr SMK
CCI #41 primers
LC 09 brass
OAL @ 2.255"

Shoots very good in my Mk12 clone.
Link Posted: 10/17/2014 2:23:07 PM EST
[#3]
Out of a Savage 12 1/9 26" barrel.

LC brass
69 SMK
26.0 Varget
2.260

Avg velocity 2966 fps.

I've tried the Hornady 75gr HPBT, but it doesn't shoot as accurate as the 69 SMK with the 1/9 twist.  I get 2-3"groups at 200yds with the 75gr vs 1 1/2" with 69gr.
Link Posted: 10/17/2014 4:33:51 PM EST
[Last Edit: Eric802] [#4]
Link Posted: 10/17/2014 5:21:10 PM EST
[#5]
My 77gr .223 Loads:

77gr Sierra Match King or 77gr Nosler Custom Competition HPBT
23.5gr 8208xbr
Remington 7.5 primer
LC matching headstamp Brass
2.260" oal



77gr Sierra Match King or 77gr Nosler Custom Competition HPBT (Also works with Hornady 75gr Match HPBT, however my rifles don't like them as much.)
24.0gr Hogdon Varget
Remington 7.5 primer
LC matching headstamp Brass
2.260" oal
Link Posted: 10/17/2014 5:40:21 PM EST
[#6]
25.0 grains RL15
69 grain SMK
WSR primer
LC '12 brass
2.260" OAL

Shoots one ragged hole at 100 yards out my of Savage.
Link Posted: 10/17/2014 10:40:06 PM EST
[#7]
77gr SMK

22.5gr IMR4064

WSR or CCI 400 primers

OAL: 2.250"



From a non-FF 16" carbine slung prone, strung horizontally 1.5 MOA (likely my fault), but held vertical consistently at 0.5 MOA. Slower MV than preferred for midrange work.





~50gr SMK or VMAX

25gr IMR4064

WSR or CCI 400 primers

OAL: 2.250"



Fills up into the neck - slightly compressed. MOA capable from a NM service rifle.
Link Posted: 10/18/2014 8:19:35 AM EST
[#8]
Originally Posted By OhioLongRange:
40gr vmax28gr w748

cant think of my heavy stuff now, will update when i get home..
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This load works very well in my 700VS, 748 in general has always been real good to me.
Link Posted: 10/18/2014 8:55:44 PM EST
[#9]
Remington 700. 20 inch 1/9
RL15 25 grains
69 SMK
Remington 7.5 primers
Various year LC brass, loaded magazine length.
Link Posted: 10/18/2014 9:30:08 PM EST
[#10]
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Originally Posted By LRShooter:
Out of a Savage 12 1/9 26" barrel.

LC brass
69 SMK
26.0 Varget
2.260

Avg velocity 2966 fps.

I've tried the Hornady 75gr HPBT, but it doesn't shoot as accurate as the 69 SMK with the 1/9 twist.  I get 2-3"groups at 200yds with the 75gr vs 1 1/2" with 69gr.
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Running almost the same thing in my savage 10FP

69 smk
25.5 varget
2.230
2900fps
Link Posted: 10/19/2014 11:31:29 PM EST
[Last Edit: NorthPolar] [#11]
Out of a Savage 10 PC 20" 1:9 .223

Hornady Brass
CCI BR-4 Primer
75gr BHTP
23.0 gr Varget
2.250" OAL with light crimp

Sub moa out of my rifle without any signs of pressure .5gr short of max load, so I'm going to stay here and not tinker with it.  I do want to try the 75gr AMax in the spring and see how it performs.
Link Posted: 10/20/2014 4:38:39 PM EST
[#12]
77 grain smk load for my semi auto:

23.4 grains H4895
PMC brass
Remington 7 1/2 primers
2661 fps 18" barrel ar15

I have shot a 5 round group at 900 yards with this load with about 4" of vertical spread and about 8" of horizontal spread so sub moa.  

My 69 grain smk load for semi auto:

24.2 grains H4895
PMC brass
Remington 7 1/2 primers
2777 fps 18" barrel ar15

This load is slightly better at 100 yards than my 77 grain load, but the 69 grain load is limited to around 600 yards and definitely goes to crap around 700 yards.
Link Posted: 10/20/2014 9:45:39 PM EST
[#13]
Link Posted: 10/20/2014 9:59:14 PM EST
[#14]
Using the pull down 8208, not the xbr:
LC09 brass
50 grain Nosler Ballistic tip
25.2 grains of the above mentioned powder
#41 primer
Seating depth varies from rifle to rifle. Usually 2.260.
One holer at 100. I haven't the chance to go further. This combo goes about 3300ish, if I remember correctly.

Same bullet, same primer, FC brass 2.260 seating depth, 27.5 of Winchester 748.

This one clocks in at 3050 fps, kind of slow, but gave me 1 1/2 inch  groups at 300 yards.  My wife  shot a 1.1 inch group at 300 one day. Five shots, so a half group.
Link Posted: 10/21/2014 6:34:54 PM EST
[Last Edit: bm3] [#15]
77 gn Sierra w/c
24.2 cfe223
Neck turned RP
CCI41
.3 MOA @ 100 yards.
Shot out of a stag 24 bull barrel.
Link Posted: 10/21/2014 9:48:25 PM EST
[Last Edit: taylorjr] [#16]
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Originally Posted By 10FPA5:
25.0 grains RL15
69 grain SMK
WSR primer
LC '12 brass
2.260" OAL

Shoots one ragged hole at 100 yards out my of Savage.
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Came to post this load, good thing I scrolled through.. One ragged hole through my 16" AR at 100yds, averages around 2530-2550fps

24.9gr RL15
69gr SMK
CCI 400
LC'13 brass
2.260" OAL
Link Posted: 10/22/2014 6:23:38 AM EST
[#17]
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Originally Posted By taylorjr:


Came to post this load, good thing I scrolled through.. One ragged hole through my 16" AR at 100yds, averages around 2530-2550fps

24.9gr RL15
69gr SMK
CCI 400
LC'13 brass
2.260" OAL
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Originally Posted By taylorjr:
Originally Posted By 10FPA5:
25.0 grains RL15
69 grain SMK
WSR primer
LC '12 brass
2.260" OAL

Shoots one ragged hole at 100 yards out my of Savage.


Came to post this load, good thing I scrolled through.. One ragged hole through my 16" AR at 100yds, averages around 2530-2550fps

24.9gr RL15
69gr SMK
CCI 400
LC'13 brass
2.260" OAL


Are you single feeding?  Seems like oal could be a little long for reliable feeding from a magazine.
Link Posted: 10/22/2014 1:41:16 PM EST
[#18]
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Originally Posted By jblomenberg16:
Are you single feeding?  Seems like oal could be a little long for reliable feeding from a magazine.
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Nope, PMAG10s and 20s from the bench, feeds just fine. Sometimes the meplat of the SMK can drag a little bit but with correct neck tension it won't make a difference. I find Hornady's meplats to be very consistent while Sierra's aren't. If I was really worried about it I'd get a trimmer.
Link Posted: 10/22/2014 5:12:10 PM EST
[#19]
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Originally Posted By AeroE:

69 grain MK,
25.0 to 25.2 grains of Reloder 15,
Winchester, WCC, LC, or Lapua cases,
Remington 7 1/2 primers,
and seated to 2.260 COAL
is pretty well a standard load for .223 Rem ammunition.

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This, or substitute 24.0 grains Ramshot Tac for like results
Link Posted: 10/22/2014 8:32:48 PM EST
[Last Edit: stone76245] [#20]
77 SMK or 75 Hornady
Ramshot Tac 23.6
WWC or Lake City
CCI 400 or CCI 41
COL 2.260
2750fts
20" 1/8 Lothar Walther
Link Posted: 10/22/2014 9:51:52 PM EST
[#21]
Someone already posted my heavy bullet loads, this one was my first precision load. I started with a 1/12" FN barreled AR, and it was very consistent for groundhogs. It also shoots well in my Savage and 1/9 SBR.

55gr Vmax
26.5gr H4895
2.250 coal, I tried going a little longer, but it didn't seem to matter in the Savage, and the AR likes this length..
Malaysian surplus or LC 09 brass. The LC seems to have a little less volume, but I didn't notice much difference in velocity
CCI 400 primers
I don't remember how fast they were, and I don't seem to have written it down. If I think about it I will try to get a reading before it snows.

The Savage likes 69gr loads a little better, but these are devastating on groundhogs and coyotes.
Link Posted: 10/23/2014 12:07:58 AM EST
[#22]
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Originally Posted By jblomenberg16:



Running almost the same thing in my savage 10FP

69 smk
25.5 varget
2.230
2900fps
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Originally Posted By jblomenberg16:
Originally Posted By LRShooter:
Out of a Savage 12 1/9 26" barrel.

LC brass
69 SMK
26.0 Varget
2.260

Avg velocity 2966 fps.

I've tried the Hornady 75gr HPBT, but it doesn't shoot as accurate as the 69 SMK with the 1/9 twist.  I get 2-3"groups at 200yds with the 75gr vs 1 1/2" with 69gr.



Running almost the same thing in my savage 10FP

69 smk
25.5 varget
2.230
2900fps


Needs more pics...same as my favorite load...


Link Posted: 10/23/2014 8:15:12 AM EST
[#23]
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Originally Posted By taylorjr:
24.9gr RL15
69gr SMK
CCI 400
LC'13 brass
2.260" OAL
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In response to the "needs more pics" this is my load above at 100yds


Link Posted: 10/23/2014 8:42:49 AM EST
[Last Edit: jaroot] [#24]


OWL testing with 69 SMK and Reloader 15







Firearm:  700 SPS Tactical 20" 1:9







R-P case


CCI BR4


All loaded @ .015 off rifling

















Settled on 24.7 and they are loaded into the rifling... Yielding...  @ 200 yards to boot.











 
Link Posted: 10/23/2014 8:32:21 PM EST
[Last Edit: molar] [#25]
60 gr VMAX
25.8 gr Varget
CCI 41

26.2 gr Varget if using Tula/Wolf SRM primers
Shot a .448" 5 shot group this morning from RRA predator pursuit upper using this load
Link Posted: 10/25/2014 8:42:43 AM EST
[#26]
Hornady 75gr
23.3 gr Benchmark
CCI #41 Primer


Link Posted: 10/25/2014 9:18:00 AM EST
[Last Edit: peligro113] [#27]
69 SMK
24.8-25.3g ACC 2520-----I settled on 25g
Tula primer
2.260 OAL



Link Posted: 10/26/2014 4:54:14 PM EST
[#28]
A new load I tried today from my precision AR.  Called flier for the shot high of center.  Ignore the shots marked with "X" as those were from my daughter on another target.

24Gr CFE 223
68gr Hornady HPBT Match
2.230" OAL.

8 shots solidly within 1", with the 9th just outside of that.  Looks like the load has potential for sure.  Need to put it on the chrony and play with it a bit.

Link Posted: 10/28/2014 3:03:09 AM EST
[Last Edit: Twitchy] [#29]
Link Posted: 10/28/2014 10:28:29 AM EST
[#30]
Savage Axis HB 1-9 twist.

22.6 gr RL10x
55 gr HP MidSouth Dogtown bullet
Remington cases
CCI mag primer





Less than $400 in everything in the whole gun as seen.
Link Posted: 10/28/2014 12:16:37 PM EST
[#31]
Link Posted: 10/28/2014 4:08:00 PM EST
[Last Edit: IH1026] [#32]
Rem 700 SPS Varmint Rifle
26" bbl    1/12
5 shot groups @ 100 yards

40gr V-Max
21.5gr IMR4198
2.2   O.A.L.
Fed 205M Primer, LC Brass

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50gr V-Max
23.9gr H335
2.255  O.A.L.
Fed. 205M Primer, Federal AE Brass

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Link Posted: 2/16/2015 10:34:35 AM EST
[#33]
Link Posted: 3/4/2015 1:40:36 PM EST
[#34]

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Originally Posted By Twitchy:


Guys,



I can compile a spreadsheet with all the various loads everyone is posting up.  Maybe we can make it a sticky at the top of this forum/section specific for .223/5.56 or I can send it to the OP so he can add it to his first post so we're not hunting down multiple pages for a pet load we might want to find.  (I'm sure this thread will get fairly long soon enough)  I can arrange it by bullet type/weight and or powder, etc.





Another option is that I can just keep adding to a master spreadsheet and have it linked via google drive so anyone can download it whenever they need it.  One caveat though is we would need to specific information seen below so we can all make educated decisions about future loads.





Let me know if this is something you all are interested so I don't waste my time
http://www.ar15.com/media/mediaFiles/75153/69815.PDF



   
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would be nice if people could post barrel length and FPS as well :)

 
Link Posted: 3/6/2015 6:42:43 PM EST
[Last Edit: borderpatrol] [#35]
69 grain SMK's
OAL 2.250"
Remington 7.5 primers
Lake City or Winchester brass

24.0 to 25.0 grains of:
Varget
RE-15
VihtaVuori N140

or 24.0 grains even of H4895

or 23.0 to 24.0 grains of IMR-8208-XBR

Best accuracy starts around 2700 fps from a 20" barrel don't go over 2825 fps maximum.
Link Posted: 3/6/2015 6:46:58 PM EST
[#36]
75/77 grain Hornady hpbt match, SMK or Nosler CC.
2.250" OAL
Lake City or Winchester brass
Remington 7.5 primers

22.5 to 23.5 grains of H4895 or IMR-8208-XBR

23.0 to 24.0 maximum of:
Varget
RE-15
VihtaVuori N140
VihtaVuori N540

Best accuracy starts around 2550 fps from a 20" barrel, don't go over 2700 fps.

Link Posted: 3/6/2015 6:50:43 PM EST
[#37]
52/53 grain Hornady/SMK/Nosler match bullets
2.250" OAL
Lake City or Winchester brass
Remington 7.5 primers

23.0 grains of H322

20.6 grains of H4198

26.0 grains of WW-748

Other powders to consider are LT-32, AA-2015, VihtaVuori N133, RE-10X. Faster powders really hammer with these lighter bullets.
Link Posted: 3/14/2015 12:12:22 PM EST
[#38]
Recorded this past summer.
18" noveske with 8208, 77cc @2.257" Winchester cases and primers.
23 grains = 2637 for 5 with SD of 18
23.5 grains = 2682 for 5 with SD of 6  > this proved the best of the three with 10 shot groups at 300y holding under 1.5 moa, but the other two were not far behind.
23.8 grains = 2700 for 6 with SD of 15

16" sabre defense 75 bthp Hornady 8208 in FC brass and WSR
23 grains 2600 for 4 SD of 10
23.8 grains 2700 for 5 SD of 30

Recorded Feb14th 2015 at 14 degrees with one hour of transport  from 70 degree house
18" FN chrome lined barrel, rifle gas, with 8208, 77cc @2.257" Wolf Gold cases and Winchester primers.
23 grains = 2621 for 4 with SD of 12
23.5 grains = 2670 for 4 with SD of 11
23.8 grains = 2692 for 4 with SD of 24

Recorded this past summer.
69 grain Nosler CC @ 2.253 with H4895 @ 24.4 = best load that works well in all my AR uppers and Remington Tactical 20" factory barrel

16" Sabre Defense, mid gas = 2768
18" Noveske,= 2829
18" FN = 2851
20" Rem Tac = 2854
Link Posted: 3/14/2015 12:28:04 PM EST
[#39]
21.75" rock creek barreled R700
All 80 grains: JLK VLD, Berger VLD, Hornady A-max, Nosler and Sierra BTHP
LC 91 brass and WSR primer
Seating depth changes depending on bullet but falls between .005-.020"
H4895 @ 23.7-24 grains depending on bullet

Velocity remains between 2830 and 2855 depending

77 TMK seated at 2.255
Using Wolf Gold brass and WSR primer
imr8208 @ 23.5 = 2835fps in the above rifle.

R700 24" 5r
Same brass and primer as above
69 smk or cc -.020 off the lands
2950 with H4895 @ 23.5 grains

Same but 70 grain Berger VLD .010 off the lands
2930fps
Link Posted: 3/21/2015 8:53:06 PM EST
[#40]
Is anyone running a 55gr BT?

The reason I ask is that I'm getting a consistent 0.75 MOA with factory Prvi 55gr FMJ-BT, and would like to duplicate that with reloaded ammo.

I plan on using H4895, building a load between 23.0-26.0gr.

Link Posted: 3/22/2015 12:21:49 AM EST
[#41]

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Originally Posted By gsd1983:


Is anyone running a 55gr BT?



The reason I ask is that I'm getting a consistent 0.75 MOA with factory Prvi 55gr FMJ-BT, and would like to duplicate that with reloaded ammo.



I plan on using H4895, building a load between 23.0-26.0gr.



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I don't remember if I posted it already, but with 50gr or 53gr VMAX (which has a BT), I use 24gr of H4895. Easy on my AR and can knock out the X-ring of the MR-31 target.



 
Link Posted: 3/23/2015 1:28:14 PM EST
[#42]
Hornady 68gr BTHP
24.6g RL-15
BOGL 2.142 (base to ogive, measured with Hornady Comparator)
COAL 2.255
Win SRP (Old box of Wincheseter small rifle primers)
Colt HBAR 20" 1/9 CL

Sorry, no chrono, and this is only a 3 shot group, but this recipe is close to a couple others here.  Ballistics measured while working out to 500 from a 200yd zero are within a couple clicks of 2750fps JBM results.  I have been using this as my go-to precision load for over a year.


Link Posted: 4/4/2015 8:25:58 AM EST
[Last Edit: gsd1983] [#43]
Made it out to test some loads yesterday. Thanks to HighPoweredRifleBrony for the tips.

Rifle didn't like the Hornady BTHP's at all, but the SMK's got all the love.

16" 1:7 midlength WOA barrel
52gr SMK
25gr H4895
OAL: 2.250"

Shot this off my day pack, seated, no rear rest. Distance is 100yrds. The 0.98" is outside to outside.

Link Posted: 8/12/2015 11:55:33 AM EST
[#44]
Is anyone having success using the same weight powder charge behind Hornady 68 grain BTHP as 69 grain SMKs??
Link Posted: 9/5/2015 2:26:24 AM EST
[#45]
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Originally Posted By gsd1983:
Is anyone running a 55gr BT?

The reason I ask is that I'm getting a consistent 0.75 MOA with factory Prvi 55gr FMJ-BT, and would like to duplicate that with reloaded ammo.

I plan on using H4895, building a load between 23.0-26.0gr.

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55 grain Nosler Ballistic Tip seated at 2.260"
25.0 grains AA2230
Winchester brass
Wolf primers
Shoots small groups from an 18" Noveske LW
Warning: Max load, start at 23.0 and work up at your own risk.
Link Posted: 9/5/2015 2:26:50 AM EST
[Last Edit: glorifiedG] [#46]
Oops, double tap
Link Posted: 9/29/2015 1:05:28 PM EST
[Last Edit: Dieselman] [#47]
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Originally Posted By borderpatrol:
75/77 grain Hornady hpbt match, SMK or Nosler CC.
2.250" OAL
Lake City or Winchester brass
Remington 7.5 primers

22.5 to 23.5 grains of H4895 or IMR-8208-XBR

23.0 to 24.0 maximum of:
Varget
RE-15
VihtaVuori N140
VihtaVuori N540

Best accuracy starts around 2550 fps from a 20" barrel, don't go over 2700 fps.

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I concur. For me, the best accuracy with the 77gr TMK was found at 22.7 grs of 8208xbr at 2670fps from 20" barrel.
Link Posted: 10/6/2015 10:28:23 PM EST
[#48]
24.5grs XBR 8208
55gr vmax
16in'' PSA Mid Heavy
MOA or less
Best group to date .509'' at 100 yards.
Link Posted: 10/25/2015 2:20:22 PM EST
[Last Edit: ChiefStealth] [#49]
I can now add, with confidence

SSA AR-15
BHW 18" HBAR 1 in 8" twist
Remington Primer - LC Brass
H4895  25.0 gn
Hornady 60gn V-Max - OAL 2.250
Consistent tight groups at 100 yards
Link Posted: 12/5/2015 4:58:44 PM EST
[#50]
My 2 favorite 5.56 loads:

For my 2 carbines with 1/7 twist 16in CL barrels:
62gr SS109
LC Brass
23.3gr Benchmark
2.260 OAL
1-1.25 MOA  

For my 18in 1/8 twist SS in 223 Wylde:
77gr SMK
LC Brass
23gr H4895
2.260 OAL
.5-.75 MOA
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