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Hey all,
First time .223 owner (2 Mini 14's, one NRA, one LE 16" barrel), both brand new.
I've reloaded .270 and .338 for years. I've just ordered my small base die set for my RCBS for the .223 and am looking for some good hunting rounds recipes to try out. I'm extremely careful about posting/reading ammo recipes on the internet, so please include the source of the recipe so that I can research it. I feel like I need to stock up on a good all around powder or two also, so please be specific.
Also include bullet manufacturer and type.

Would like info on:
1. Plinking rounds
2. Hunting rounds (coyote, groundhog, rabbit, etc.)
3. PD rounds

Hoping the hunting rounds can serve dual purpose as PD rounds.

Thanks in advance!
 

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H335 (WC844) with CCI #41 or #450 primers

23.5 grs behind a nasty looking m193 pull is a plinking load of mine. Not very accurate though. This load wont cycle reliably in a 10" AR, and 50 yards it wont fragment in hard red dirt. In a carbine it runs fine.

25 grains for a higher velocity round.
those are safe thresholds.

I think the new speer data is wrong. 26 gr max charge is too hot.
 

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Here's my favorite load for my mini. Winchester cases, weight matched, primer pockets equalized, flash holes deburred, cases trimmed to length with sinclair tool and case mouths chamfered with sinclair (wilson) case trimming tool with chamfering cutter. CCI 400 primers, 25 gr aa2520 powder and Sierra's 65gr spitzer BT. OAL 2.259 This load uses a heavy expanding bullet that I'm sure would work well on deer size critters or men. Although its illegal in my state, Washington, for deer it is legal for cougar.I shot a 20 shot group with my mini at 100 yards that measured 1.438" and was shot with no interuptions or cleaning, from a cold barrel to a hot one. I think you will find that this is a mild load if you compare it to some in loading manuals. Hope it works as well for you as it does for me. Frank
 

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This link had some specific loads for AR-15's, but I'm not sure if the Mini-14's have bolt issues similar to the AR... (I own neither and have shot each very little, but you can determine if it is relevant for your weapon):
http://www.6mmbr.com/223Rem.html
Go down to the reloading section with the "Sierra" link for .223 Rem loads for AR-15's.
Good luck.
 

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My preferred round for the Mini14 (older & less twist) is a 55 gr FMJBT match bullet with 24.5 gr of IMR 4895. I'm one of the lucky ones that has a very accurate Mini. I also use a 62 gr SS109 from Widners with 24.0 IMR4895 and it's work very well.
Overall the 55 grain works best. Bench rested and scope mounted it shoots 1-1.5" MOA @ 100 yards and a 4-6" pattern @ 200 yards. You have the occasional flyer but not to far off pattern.
 

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I have used win 748 and H335, the loads that I have used came from Hodgdon's book and from an older win powder book, I have used mostly win bulk bullets, they do about 1.5 in my ars and about 4in, in my 181 series mini.
I have found that you do not ned small base dies to load either one. Ruger cuts generous chambers and the ars that I have have 5.56 chambers. With one of my ars I managed to get three 75gr A-max Horndys in one hole that could be easely covered with a dime. These were loaded close to the lands and would not work in a magazine.
 

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This thread was started years ago, but it is still relevant today. I use hornady #2267 FMJBT bullets for plinking with 22.5 grs. of IMR 3031 and CCI small rifle primers. These are light loads and very easy on the brass. Your peak accuracy with these bullets will be between 22.5 and 23.0 grs, most likely. In reading articles by people far more knowledgeable than myself, it makes no difference what type of brass you use, whether civilian or military, your recipie will be the same. I don't know Jack, but John Barsness does.

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I wont give you a recipe..However the only powder I use for my .223 is Win 748. Then I add in some Sierra bullets,Win cases and primers.

5 @ 100 My home built AR15 varminter

 

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I only run varget and 8208XBR in my 223 loads... not that it matters... to each rifle, its own.. :)

BUT... I can tailor loads for most manufacturers' bullets in the 50-60 grain weight to hit dime sized groups as well... if I do my part out of all of my AR15's in .223.
 

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I bought some Varget to try with my AR10 and some 165 grain Noslers. It didn't work well. So what to do with almost a pound of Varget. I thought what the heck and tried it with some 60 grain Noslers in .223. They shot very nice. I normally use 2230 in my AR.

I have also pulled the bullets from M855 Lake City Ammo for a friend who shoots on the ANG Rifle team. I got to keep the powder and the bullets. I cut the powder by 10% and loaded them back up in previously used Lake City Brass. These also shoot very well.
 

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I use blc(2) powder with a nosler 55gr ballistic tip.

Thats 5 shots a 100 yards on a 1/2" square

I use that round for deer hunting in Texas
 

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Ditto on the BLC2 powder (WC846) it meters so well in my Dillon powder measure.

25 gr with 55 gr recycled bullets. Load is from Lyman 49 and is midrange not hot.

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I have a question. I am loading223 55 Gr FMJ. I want to use Varget as I have plenty of it and It is short extrusions and works pretty good in dispencer. I can't find the min and Max charges and velocities . I can find everything but Varget. Can some one help me with this? Thank you
 

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Start at 24.5 and work up to about 26.5. I've switched over to using TAC as I feel it does a little better in metering. If someone else doesn't chime in I'll get you more later this afternoon as far a velocity and loads.
 
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