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Unread 10-11-2011, 09:38 PM
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Re: .223 rem loads

Got to 3433fps MAX with 26.5 gr xbr 8208 before pressure signs. The most accurate load was 26.0 grains at 3380fps with a ragged one hole group. Plenty of case capacity left (27.5+ gr if one dares) even on full length resized cases. Should work nicely and be VERY temperature stable according to my research. 8208 outshot the varget (in my hands) and is very easy metering. Thanks for the suggestions!
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    Glade to hear it's working for you. It has become one of my favorite powders. Whatever your shooting won't feel the difference in 60FPS!

    What primer? May get less pressure with a cooler primer.

    Jon
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    I tried the cci 450's and br's. I started reloading for a primer trial last night. I will let you know how it turns out.
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    Unread 10-13-2011, 12:10 PM
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    I tried the cci 450's and br's. I started reloading for a primer trial last night. I will let you know how it turns out.
    bad thing about primer tests is that they do vary quite a bit from lot to lot. What I did was to buy a hundred primers from several lots (in this case Federal). Then when I found one that really seemed to stand out from the others, I bought the rest of them. I have not had the same luck with Winchester and Remington primers, as they do seem to be similar by the lots. CCI's will vary a bit. In the end I use almost nothing but Federal and CCI's in my rifles, and depending on the case with handguns, Winchester or Remington. I have not tried Wolf or a couple others yet, but do plan to.
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    Yeah, cci's are pretty hard to beat because of the hard cups, and seems like everything I do runs higher pressures. So many possibilities, so little time... My idea for this gun was to keep it cheap, minimal brass prep, and focus on load development. So far I have es/sd of 20/8 respectively, and this is without sorting by headstamp. The .223 is pretty forgiving. I do expand the necks to .223 and inside chamfer. Other than that it is load and shoot. This gives me more time for brass prep on the big guns!!!
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    Yeah, cci's are pretty hard to beat because of the hard cups, and seems like everything I do runs higher pressures. So many possibilities, so little time... My idea for this gun was to keep it cheap, minimal brass prep, and focus on load development. So far I have es/sd of 20/8 respectively, and this is without sorting by headstamp. The .223 is pretty forgiving. I do expand the necks to .223 and inside chamfer. Other than that it is load and shoot. This gives me more time for brass prep on the big guns!!!
    Precision Shooting did more than one primer comairison test over the years, and everytime the Federals were the best.
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    Unread 10-13-2011, 09:30 PM
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    Re: .223 rem loads

    I've never tried Federal's in my .223. But, CCI 400 and BR4 work pretty good with 50gr. and 55gr.
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