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    223 help

    A mate has asked me to load some bullets for his 223 rem.
    The man that used to loaded his bullets has dead. So the mate he has no idea what he loaded them with.
    He gave me the same powder and heads that he said that he used for his 223.
    The powder is Vihtavuori N160 with sierra 65gr sbt i cant seen to find a load for this.
    Can you men advise me .

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    measure one of his bullets then take the head out and weigh the powder

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    Or even take out the bullets.
    (The Unspeakable In Pursuit Of The Uneatable.) " If I can help, I will help!." Former S.A.C.S. member!

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    No cant do no more left to split to see what load was in the case thats the problem i have.

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    Take the bullets as a given, look at the reloading book and pick a powder that's recommended and you can lay your hands on. You've said nothing about brand of brass or make of primers. Or whether the brass is being neck sized or full length re-sized.

    Work up a load just like you normally would. Don't make any assumptions about what has been done before.

    Regards JCS

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    Got your point mate but the point that i have N160 with a 65 gr head in a 223 thats what i would like to know if eayone has used it before and how it was thats all .

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    Are you positive that the powder previously used is N160?
    N160 would seem to be a bit slow for .223 and that's why it isn't listed in the VV data. The guy that previously loaded this ammo should really have recorded the data on a label on the ammo box, that is the last stage of the reloading process. Not recording all the data is a big mistake. A strip of masking tape or grey gaffer tape stuck inside the ammo box with the details marked in indelible pen is a good idea.
    It's the calibre of the shooter that counts not the calibre of the rifle.

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    Yes he"s positive the powder he was told to get for him was VV N160 for his 223 .
    I would have said that he should have been better with VV N140 thats why i was asking for some info has anyone ever used N160 for the 223.

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    I have not loaded VV160 but I have loaded slow-burning powders in .223 before so it's not entirely out of the question. My old SAKO single shot BR rifle was chambered in .223 (redone from .222 by a previous owner) and a compressed charge of H-4831 was number three in accuracy behind 4198 and H335. Slow and accurate with 10 shot groups in the .4's.

    I'd start working up loads with a different powder and save yourself the head scratching.~Muir

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    Thanks for that Muir. I have a tub of Hodgdon 4831sc that i use in my 270 do you have a load that you use on the 223 with that powder?
    Cheers wm

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