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Thread: .223 40 grain V-max data required

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    .223 40 grain V-max data required

    Looking for a load for a 40 grain V-max in .223 for a 1:8 Tikka T3 using N120.

    Anyone?

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    Well I'm running 23.5 grains, under a 40 grain Nosler BT, but in a 1 in 12 twist, working very well so far.
    I worked up from 21 grains, no signs of pressure, but it is (or should) be getting up there according to quick load.

    Neil.

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    Great stuff, I'll make 5 @ 23.5 and 5 @ 0.3 above and below your data to try.

    Cheers

    Alan(KG)

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    kernel gadaffi:-n120 quite a quick burning powder, depending on primer as well, sounds as though it's shooting well in neils rifle but you might find that difference between 1 in 12 and 1 in 8 is that when you shoot yours with neils loadings that the bullet head may turn into shrapnel because of the greater centrifugal force created by the faster 1 in 8 twist, so if you don't hit your target dont be surprised !! I've got the tikka t3 1 in 12 but really wanted the 1 in 8, there was a six week wait and the RFD wanted another 200 plus more, so decided on the 1 in 12 in the finish, hope the load works out for you, if not at least you'll know why. ATB callie

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    Vit N133 is the recommended powder for .223, I'm using 24.8 grains with both 52 grain A max & also Nosler 40 grain BT's.
    (The Unspeakable In Pursuit Of The Uneatable.) " If I can help, I will help!." Former S.A.C.S. member!

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    I have a powder problem where I live, there's a very limited supply of a very limited variety, to have an option of various powders is a three day camel ride from reality, so it's a case of take what you can, I know that N130, 133, 135 and a few others are the prefered choice, but I'll try the N120, I haven't made any yet but I'll maybe make a batch starting at 21 grains and to go .5 grain either side to begin with, by the way, whats the prefered OAL on this?

    Cheers

    Alan(KG)

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    whats the prefered OAL on this?
    2.280 is what my book says, for the Nosler 40 grain BT's, and it's working well enough for me.

    Oh, yeah, I forgot about primers, Remington 7 1/2 is what I'm using.
    I picked N-120 for my use as it's a better bet for the lighter bullets I'm using, and is all burnt in my 20 inch barrel.

    Neil.
    Last edited by Hornet 6; 10-07-2010 at 12:07. Reason: more info

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    Hi Neil, I noticed you have yours at 2.280, the data I have states max OAL is 2.260, is 2.280 too long?

    Cheers

    Alan

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    Quote Originally Posted by kernel gadaffi View Post
    Hi Neil, I noticed you have yours at 2.280, the data I have states max OAL is 2.260, is 2.280 too long?

    Cheers

    Alan
    Too long, well they fit the magazine with room to spare, and shoot pretty good as well, not caused me any problems.
    The 2.28 is from the data provided by Lee that comes with the Lee Classic Loader.
    Now a question, what would making the OAL shorter do to my load ?
    (it is already well short of the rifling)

    Neil.
    Last edited by Hornet 6; 10-07-2010 at 20:27.

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    2.280 it is then, thanks again Neil.

    Cheers

    Alan

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