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Varget for 223 AR?

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Unread 03-24-2011, 12:39 AM
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Re: Varget for 223 AR?

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Unread 03-24-2011, 03:59 PM
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Re: Varget for 223 AR?

I use 25.0 Varget R7.5 primer, Win. case and Hornady 60gr. V X in a RRA 1/8 varmint barrel. I've heard both ways if you should use EXTREME powder but a dog town can get warm.

In the lighter bullets and slower twists I use W748 and R10.
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Unread 03-26-2011, 09:11 AM
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Re: Varget for 223 AR?

My AR load is 26 grains Varget, 55gr. V-Max, CCI 450 primers and Winchester brass. I shoot a DPMS with a Shilen 20 inch heavy barrel......shoots in the 2's.
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Unread 03-26-2011, 12:28 PM
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Re: Varget for 223 AR?

I own 6 AR15, plus 2 more uppers. all are 223 except one. In the 223's I have one 1/10, two 1/9 and four in 1/8 twist. For most varminting I use 26gr Var, 55gr Vmax, rem brass because I get alot of it free, Win primers, trim on a cheap Lee spindle, finish case prep on a RCBS case prep center and load on a Hornady progressive. I weigh one charge out of about every 100 to 150 loads.

The FL length, Small base RCBS Dies are all I use so I know the ammo will work in every rifle I have. I shoot 5 round groups and the best rifle will shoot under a half MOA and the worst about triple that.

It won't win a benchrest match but if I miss a coyote at 600 and less, it wont be the gun or the ammo's fault.

Also I discourage 68, 69 or 75 gr match ammo on coyotes. It will hit them and kill them but they are not DRT and you may not find them. The plastic tipped Vmax or Amax will work much better, but the 75 gr Amax is too long for your AR mag. You can cut out the front of the mag and gain about 1/10 inch but they still do not feed quite like they should.

That my experience with Varget. Only improvement I suggest to Hodgdon is make short cut version that will meter better for progeressive presses.

Hope this helps. 223
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Unread 03-27-2011, 03:26 PM
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Re: Varget for 223 AR?

In my Bushmaster 9 twist 25.3 grs Varget, WW case, CCI BR-4, 69 gr Sierra MK, OAL 2.260 and I use a Lee Factory Crimp Die. Very accurate load.

26.2 grs Varget, LC case, Wolf Mag primer, 52 gr Sierra MK, OAL 2.232, Lee Factory Crimp Die.

26.0 grs Varget, LC case, Wolf Mag Primer, 55 gr Sierra bltz, OAL 2.250, Lee Factory Crimp Die.

All are accurate in my rifle.
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Unread 03-28-2011, 11:13 AM
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Re: Varget for 223 AR?

I have been researching this subject on various forums for the last couple of weeks the sumation is for the 68 gr hornady BTHP or 69 gr sierra SMK use 24-25 grains of varget or R15. I have loaded the hornady's in varget and R-15 in 24, 24.3, 24.6, 24.9grs. Hopefully I can get to the range this week and will post results afterwards. I will be shooting out a 20" H-BAR RRA coyote rifle.
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Unread 03-28-2011, 10:31 PM
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Re: Varget for 223 AR?

Cool. Let me know how it goes for ya!
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