Re: New Savage .223
I don't have my little .223 Savage (110FP) anymore, but I wrote down some of the load data for when I had it. I hope it can help you out with your rifle. I think Savage's are great shooting and very accurate. I have a 112BVSS in .300WM that is producing sub-MOA groups at 560yds with my 180gn Ballistic Tip's.
First I tried the 69gn Nosler J4 Competition ahead of Varget and Rem 6.5 primers. I didn't get velocities for these groups though. 25.0 = .8245", 25.5 = .9450", 26.0 = .7565"
Then I tried H4895, same bullet and primers. 24.5 = .3525", 25.0 = .303". Little tighter.
Then I switched bullets and went to the 69gn Sierra MatchKing, H4895, R6.5, 25.0gn's went .212" @ 3004fps. Temperature that day was 93 deg F. I loaded a few of these bullets for shooting crow's and targets and groups ran .25 or tighter.
Six months later I decided to try the 55gn Ballistic Tips. WOW! Imagine my suprise. I used W748 powder and 6.5 primers. OAL was 1.8865" (measured from ogive to base).
24.5 = .75", 25.0 = 1.00", 25.5 = .162", 26.0 = .3175", 26.5 = .136"
I did try the 69gn SMK again with 6.5 primers and BL-C(2). 24.0 = .5625", 24.5 = .6275", 25.0 = .371". Think that was the last of the 69gn bullets and I pretty much just terrorized the neighborhood crows with those 55gn'rs until I traded it. That's not a lot of load data but gives you a couple of bullets and powders to try. Good luck with ur Savage. JohnnyK.
Last edited by johnnyk; 02-19-2009 at 06:34 PM.