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Thread: .223 Loading information and advice.

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    .223 Loading information and advice.

    Hello chaps

    In the next couple weeks I will be acquiring a Tikka T3 .223 with a 1:12 twist barrel and I was wondering if there was a powder that suits a 223 and I was also thinking about using either 40gr, 50gr or 52gr Vmax bullets for foxes only, so I am just looking for a good starting point that seems to work well with this calibre, all advice greatly welcomed and thank you in advance.

    Kindest regards
    Garry

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    N133 is a good place to start, Benchmark from Hodgdon's has proved good too, Nosler 40 grain bt's are perfect out to 300 for foxing in a 1:12.
    (The Unspeakable In Pursuit Of The Uneatable.) " If I can help, I will help!." Former S.A.C.S. member!

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    Quote Originally Posted by finnbear270 View Post
    N133 is a good place to start, Benchmark from Hodgdon's has proved good too, Nosler 40 grain bt's are perfect out to 300 for foxing in a 1:12.
    Thanks finnbear

    Just looked on Nosler's website and I see they do a lead-free ballistic tipped bullets 35gr and 40gr are these available in the UK and has anybody had any experience with this bullet.

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    Save your cash, these are still regarded as being a little shall we say "Exotic", you really can't go wrong with the stuff that's readily available, & has no exit on fox @ 40yds to 300.
    (The Unspeakable In Pursuit Of The Uneatable.) " If I can help, I will help!." Former S.A.C.S. member!

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    H322 was designed for the .223 and I used it for many months with great results. Benchmark, N130 and N133 are all good powders through my Remmy but, as Finnbear says, N133 is a very good starting point as it allows you to cover a wide range of bullet weights.

    The normal Nosler 40grn BT's are stunning, as are their 60grn.
    The only lead free bullets I ever tried in .223 were 50grn Varmint Grenades, which someone once accurately described as having the BC of a corn flake. There are accounts of people knocking over charlie with them and he got back up and ran off, which doesn't happen with conventional BT's.

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    been using 55 grain v-max, with a 23.6 grains of N135 AND federal primers very accurate and consistant tried the N130 but didnt seam to work as well although groups were at an 1 inch at 100 yards with 23.8 grains

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    N133 and Hornday 50 grain SXSP or 55 grain Sierra SPBT. You can easily get 3250 fps mv. In my pal's BRNO we got 55 grain Sierras travelling at 3450 with no sign of excess pressures. Both loads very accurate. I also used N133 with Sierra 55 grain Game King for Muntjac, which were very effective and kind to the venison.

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    Don't discount RL7, I've had some great results with this powder.
    Billy no guns.

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    i used this in 222 steve. very good indeed. i helped a local lad load some rounds up for his 223 when he 1st got his stuff.
    we used n133 and 50 grain blizking with superb accuracy.

    there are lots of good powders for the 223. now he has done his own reloading he has also tried h 335 with 40 and 50 grain bullets with superb accuracy

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    40g nosler bt driven with benchmark 25.5g thats my load but you should use a start load and work up to
    what gives you a good result with your barrel and twist rate i am sure you can find a recipe that charlie
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