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Unread 02-23-2009, 02:56 PM
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Re: New Savage .223

I've ran about everything from 35gr to 77gr through the savage 223's that I've had and was impressed by just about everything. Don't give up on the rifle just yet.
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Unread 02-23-2009, 03:35 PM
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Re: New Savage .223

I always had pretty good luck with benchmark powder behind 50 grain ballistic tips in a remington. As far as my experience goes with savage I had a 270 in a savage with a laminated stock that held a 1.5" group at 400 yards as a rule. All day long I could repeat 1/4 MOA.

Sometimes it can take a while to find the right load, but I would keep trying. The gun could be the shooter that you have been looking for. Then again it might not be, but there is only one way to find out.

Best of luck.
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Unread 02-23-2009, 05:46 PM
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Re: New Savage .223

There must be ˝dozen Savage barrels laying around here with a few more that have been sold or traded. Without exeption the 1/9 twist like to be shot dirty...It sometimes takes 10 rounds before they settle down and then I'll go 100-200 or more between cleanings.Try giveing the cleaning rod a rest and see what happens?
As for powders Benchmark and Tac seam to get the best out of the lighter bullets with R15 and BL-C2 working for the heavier ones. Find myself useing a lot of 40 grainer in front of a full load of Tac for most of my shooting as only one barrel refuses to shoot the liter bullets.
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Unread 03-11-2009, 10:48 AM
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Re: New Savage .223

Just picked up some 69 matchkings going to do some reloading. also found some 30 grainers going to load up. Trying some varget and H4895 and BL 2 went to a small gun show and was getting powder for 10-12 bucks a pound so loaded up. will post results loading the 69er's first
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Unread 03-11-2009, 03:46 PM
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Re: New Savage .223

My Savage .223 been on order for... about 4 months, should be here soon... HOPEFULLY!! The winters about to end, SPRINGTIME

Anyhow... I got a lb of H335 and a lb of Varget. I made some loads with 69 grain sierra matchkings... going to pick up a few boxes of hornady 68 grain hpbt's too.

I think they'll be a winner load there.. I'll find the most accurate load and use that combo, I'll burn up the other combo.. should still be plenty accurate though - as long my "bad" loads hold 1.5 MOA I'll be plenty happy as I'll just adjust my scope for em and use em for busting clays/bottles at 200.

I've read a lot of people like H335 for the light weight bullets and varget more for the heavy ones.
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Unread 03-11-2009, 03:53 PM
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Re: New Savage .223

Twist that tight, you may want to stay away from the lighter bullets. I have a feeling your rifle will settle in with the heavier bullets much quicker. Just a thought.

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