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Unread 08-20-2009, 10:06 AM
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Which primers? powder?

Hey guys. I have been looking but not much info on .223. I will be starting reloading but would like to start looking for primers and powder. I know nothing about either so it makes it tough to read without some help.

What primers fit and work well with a .223 bolt gun? I know some of it may be personal preference and dependant on loads, but there has to one to STAY AWAY from. Same questions goes for powder. I've seen people refer to varget and a bunch of crazy stuff like h54138 or something. What the heck is that? Help me out here guys! Thanks!
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    Unread 08-20-2009, 04:46 PM
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    Re: Which primers? powder?

    Primers will be Small Rifle. I have only used Rem 6.5 primers and for powders I used Varget with 69gn Nosler Competitions (.7-.9") and H4895 with 69gn Sierra MatchKings (.3's). I shot the 55gn Nosler Ballistic Tip ahead of W748 with great accuracy(.1-.2's). I also tried BLC(2) with the 69gn SMK; accuracy ran .3's.
    As for suitable powders look at Reloader's Nest - a reloaders resource and you can get a good idea of what everyone uses. There's about 46 different powders listed, so sift through and see what ya like. Check out the websites for the gunpowder companies and they have reloading data also.
    Hope this helps. JohnnyK.
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    Re: Which primers? powder?

    cheddar,

    Here's some reading material for you, there's enough there to last a while table 3
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    Re: Which primers? powder?

    "but there has to one to STAY AWAY from."

    Why? Actually, IF that were so, the makers would have long since disappeared.

    Well....223? Okay, stay away from magnum large rifle caps and Bullseye powder! ;)
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    Re: Which primers? powder?

    good point boomtube!
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    Re: Which primers? powder?

    The dunces at Remington have redone their website and eliminated the warning, but here it is:

    "Regarding 6 1/2 primers, Midway has this under Remington 6 1/2 primers.
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    Warning: Remington does not recommend this primer for use in the 17 Remington, 222 Remington, 223 Remington, 204 Ruger, 17 Remington Fireball. Use the 7-1/2 Small Rifle Bench Rest primer in these cartridges.
    This 6-1/2 Small Rifle primer is primarily designed for use in the 22 Hornet."
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    Re: Which primers? powder?

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    cheddar,

    Here's some reading material for you, there's enough there to last a while table 3
    Winmagman - don't know what cheddar thinks, but I found the link you posted a great source for information.
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