Favorite .223 Rem Prairie dog loads?

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  1. WanderingGoatie

    WanderingGoatie Well-Known Member

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    god dang it cfe dirties my gun up so bad. Not to mention the brass. Suppressor probably doesn’t help
     
  2. david g ranes

    david g ranes Well-Known Member

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    Never have prairie dog hunted easiest thing I've found bought 1000 rnds of 223 pmc shells pull the bullet out put a vmax in it shoots great killed lot of coyotes with them pmc makes a good she'll cheap enough I Dont save the brass. David
     
  3. 440coronet

    440coronet Well-Known Member

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    53gr Vmax pushed by Benchmark works great out of my 5R Rem 700 boom splat....
     
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  4. Mustang72

    Mustang72 Well-Known Member

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    I shoot a 50 gr ain v-max with benchmark. Used to use imr 4895 til I switched to benchmark. Don't know what my longest hit was-just got a better rangefinger. It's my one load does it all for my bolt gun. The z-max works well for less $--when you can find them. Dogtowns work well for high volume shooting on the cheap.
     
  5. Kansaswoodguy

    Kansaswoodguy Well-Known Member

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    Four of us went for two days really we where tired of pulling the trigger by noon the second day and left, but around 2200 rounds fired I'd say. My brother and I took our oldest boys with us it was a good time.
     
  6. Kansaswoodguy

    Kansaswoodguy Well-Known Member

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    I've gone thru 8lbs of CFE223 I prefer Benchmark for light bullets and IMR 8208 for heavy bullets in 223 for accuracy. CFE223 does meter very well being a ball powder
     
  7. david g ranes

    david g ranes Well-Known Member

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    Should of hollered I would of helped you shoot the rest of your shells for you. David
     
  8. Kansaswoodguy

    Kansaswoodguy Well-Known Member

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    If we go again I'll holler at you David be a couple years. I'm sure it's not a trip I'd care to make every year until I retire then I may very well make an annual pilgrimage someplace to shoot them.
     
  9. Kansaswoodguy

    Kansaswoodguy Well-Known Member

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    I've not used the 53gr on PD's but I've shot a 2.5" five shot group at 400yds out of a AR-15 with them they are good stuff. That was a 16" 1-12 twist White Oak Armament barrel it loves those 53's
     
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  10. Tech4

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    I use N133 under 55gr V-MAX in my Rem 700 and it is a tack driver with that load.
    In my AR I use Norma 200 with the same bullet because it was the powder I could get at the time. Norma works really well and it is a little cheaper.
     
  11. hunter67wa

    hunter67wa Well-Known Member

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    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA FLCL! Furry Little Cheerleaders! That tickled me!
     
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  12. benchracer

    benchracer Well-Known Member

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    Use LC or Winchester brass to maximize case capacity, 53 VMAX, CCI 450 primers, and enough IMR 8208 XBR to reach 3200 fps mv from a 24" barrel. This will be an accurate, temp stable load.

    I have also run AR-Comp to push the 53's to 3200 from a 16" barrel. You should be able to reach north of 3400 from a 24" barrel. You will want to use a drop tube with this powder. You will be at or near compressed loads. AR-Comp is also an accurate, temp stable powder.
     
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  13. Greasegun

    Greasegun Well-Known Member

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    Nice, thanks. I have some AR Comp and some 8208 in the mail headed my way already. Using LC brass so that should help too.
     
  14. JSHKS

    JSHKS Well-Known Member

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    I see quite a bit of harping on dirty powders all over the net. I have burnt a pile of 2400,unique and other very sooty pistol powders. Never thought twice about cleaning a gun.

    I wonder at times if the reference to dirty actually is unburned powder? If it’s unburnt powder, there are usually reasons for that.

    I shoot a fair bit of CFE. I have not used it in large temperature swings. Accuracy,speed high volume shooting easy cleaning I have a hard time moving away from it. Measures well for me in BR3 measure and a Dillon.
    I am using the CFE in 17,20 and 22’s.
    ARComp, I see good reviews and may have to get a pound to try.