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Varget for 223 AR?

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Unread 04-04-2011, 09:28 PM
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Re: Varget for 223 AR?

well the weather didn't cooperate this weekend, 30 degrees rain and hail weren't conductive to range time!!!
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Unread 05-30-2011, 11:40 PM
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Re: Varget for 223 AR?

Well finally made it too the range today! It turned into a marathon with 5 rifles and 9 different loadings!!!!!!!! Great day anyways,.....

The summary of the .223 loads out of my RRA Coyote 20" rifle:
Conditions 91 degrees, 6mph wind coming over right shoulder at 45 degrees, bench with bipod and rear bag

Was it loves 24.0grains and the 68gr hornady BTHP Both varget and R15 had best groups at that loading. Both were 2 touching and one off high right, which proably was the shooter, all other loadings were 1.5"+ groups.

Didn't chronograph due to the marathon of what I was going through will reload both these and proably +/- .2g with 5 round groups and see which shines.
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Unread 07-10-2011, 06:09 PM
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Re: Varget for 223 AR?

Using Varget as well as Reloader 15 have found that each AR shoots one better than the other.
Working up a load for your AR to get peak accuracy.....Most of the time work towards a tight
group is the idea......Why shoot 5" group at a 100 at 3200 fps when a load at a slower gives
you a sub group.... In some top quality AR you can set your full length dies for it.
On run and gun sports where you shoot more than 300-500 rounds in a short period of time
you may find that the small base dies are your friend.....Lesson learned....
One of our local matches we shoot 300-500 rounds in less than 20 minutes moving a distance of over 1/2 mile moving and running as you shoot targets out to 250 to 400 yards as well as in front of you.......Mostly rifle but pistol is required as well......Which is from 100- 150 rounds......
First year FL dies and problems 2nd year sb dies and more lube......walked away happier.....
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Unread 08-17-2011, 01:22 PM
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Re: Varget for 223 AR?

I have experience Varget Powder with rem srbr primers and nosler 69 gr custom comp bullets. and lc cases. Tried 25 gr, and 25.5 grain of varget. They both work well. But I do better with H 335.
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Unread 08-17-2011, 05:57 PM
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Re: Varget for 223 AR?

I know you guys are all going to laugh at me but I've loaded 40 grain Nosler Ballistic Tips with 27.0 grains of Varget (damn near to the very top and it is a compressed load) and shot them in a 1 in 8 inch twist AR and we got one hole groups at 100 yards.

I was afraid that these bullets wouldn't hold up to that much twist, but here in the dry climate of Utah they have done okay and they absolutely WRECK any little fury creature they hit.

I also used this exact same load out of a Ruger M77 and could send P-Dogs sky high out to 400 yards. I don't know if the bullet would hold up in high humidity or lower elevations but it's worked wonders here.
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Unread 08-17-2011, 06:34 PM
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Re: Varget for 223 AR?

I have a DPMS 24" heavy varmint barrel upper on my Colt lower, RRA Match Trigger. Target load: .25moa with FL sized Lapua brass,25g Varget, CCI BR primers, 69gr SMK's. For varmints, same except 55gr VMax, 26.5 gr. Varget. This load also produces .25 MOA. Good success with feeding, and no case trimming with RCBS FL X Dye. Up to 700rounds through this rifle on my original 100 cases with no trimming. My buddy gets similar results with these loads in his Bushmaster Heavy barrel Varmint AR.
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Unread 08-17-2011, 06:47 PM
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Re: Varget for 223 AR?

Well I dont shoot a AR but I have used Varget in 223
in three differant bolt guns

1- 25 grs of varget 2950 FPS SD was huge at 55.36 but groups are great(ruger m77 target model)

2-24 grs of varget with 2753 fps and a SD of 8.42 (remington sps)

2 24.5 grns with 2890 FOS and a SD of 26.36 (reminton sps)

All loads are pushing the 55 gr vmax and all are sub moa

we also have one gun that really like the BL-C2

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