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Old 02-24-2014, 02:14 PM
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Hodgdon CFE 223 powder

Has anyone reloaded with this CFE powder? If so what results have you seen in your AR? Have you tried it in other calibers? Please keep it about CFE powder.
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Old 02-24-2014, 07:22 PM
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Re: Hodgdon CFE 223 powder

I have been shooting it for about a year now out of my Smith mp. I am able to get just under mos at 100. Stuff really does eliminate copper I rarely clean my bore and I shoot about 1000 rounds a week in summer. Only draw back is velocity. I'm only getting 2863 fps out of a 18 inch tube. I can do much better with varget. Haven't tried it in other rounds but may this summer.
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Old 03-02-2014, 01:16 AM
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Re: Hodgdon CFE 223 powder

CFE 223 has no temperature stability. A chrome lined barrel does not need copper fouling eliminator in the first place. H4895 is the best all-around .223 powder. Go a range faster or slower depending on bullet weight, but stick with temp stable powders, Benchmark thru Varget for .223 Rem., depending on bullet weight.

If you shoot prairie dogs all day long at a narrow temperature range, then CFE .223 may be your powder. Even then, there are several others that work just as well and will work much better at temperature extremes. Fourth of July isn't that far away, and aalso ny CFE .223 you have laying around might make some good fireworks.

Remember when you were a kid and putting a primer in a cigar was a fun prank? CFE 223 is about as useful as a primer for similar purposes like spiking the fireworks. As a practical rifle powder, I got over it a long time ago.

The guys I know who like CFE 223 are reloading guys who brag about its consistent metering. Every throw is "right on the money" according to them. What the hell is consistent metering worth when the powder itself is another ball powder with known temp stabilitry issues??? Buy an ultrasonic cleaner and wean yourself from clean burning ball powder that does not cut it in performance next to the best stick powders, and trickle up your charges on an accurate beam balance scale. Just say no to temp sensitive ball powder.

CFE 223 has one very good quality in that anybody who swears by it is nobody you want to take reloading advice from. It gets a very high rating in the "dumbass advice to avoid" category, and for that it has some usefulness, from personal experience.
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Old 03-02-2014, 07:43 PM
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Re: Hodgdon CFE 223 powder

I have tried CFE in my AR. My groups will average between 1"-1.250" for 5 shots depending upon bullet used. I will say it does eliminate copper fouling. My sons AR had a fair amount of copper fouling and after 100 rounds almost all copper was gone. It's not my favorite powder for my AR though. I like Varget when shooting Sierras 69 grain bullets and 8208 when shooting 77.
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Old 03-03-2014, 10:43 AM
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Re: Hodgdon CFE 223 powder

This is all good information. Thanks.
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Old 03-16-2014, 11:08 AM
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Re: Hodgdon CFE 223 powder

I suggest AR Comp powder and
TAC powder is also good

I shoot 77 gr Sierra MK in my AR MK 12.........

AR comp is also good in the 308 Win.
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Old 03-16-2014, 12:25 PM
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Re: Hodgdon CFE 223 powder

How is CFE in a Bolt Gun ? I have 8 lbs. and was going to try it with 75 gr. Amax's.
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