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Thread: .223 load for scottish roe

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    .223 load for scottish roe

    Hi, does any one load a .223 round specifically for Scotish roe deer.
    I do all my stalking with a 6.5x55 but also have a .223 and have just recently started getting into reloading so curious to what people are using as home loads in .223 for roe.
    Thanks
    bairn79

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    Have a search through previous posts on this site bairn the subject has come up several times previously and normally raises a fair bit of heat as regards suitable bullets. The problem being that most bullets of this calibre are really made as varmint bullets. You will need to decide for yourself as to suitability of the bullet but will get all the information you need from the various bullet manufacturers.
    It's the calibre of the shooter that counts not the calibre of the rifle.

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    Hi Bairn79

    I use my .223, 1-12 twist, every week for Roe, Hornady 55gr SP, 25gn of VihtV N133, knocks them over no problems.
    40gr V Max, 26.5 VihtV N133 for Foxes and other Vermin,
    Remember start lower and work up, my 40 V Max is at "MAX".
    Both loads bug hole @100yrds.

    ATB
    Wullie.
    Your a long time dead, enjoy every day like it's your last!!!

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    was using factory 55g Federal SP's for roe this summer and worked beautifully.

    just finishing my loads for 60g Hornady SP at the moment which I was recommended by a very trustworthy source. will report back on performance on deer when I can, but it makes sense in terms of bullet weight and design/structure for roe. I think Nosler does a partition for the .223 as well if you're worried about premature break-up due to speed.

    I'm loading with Varget, although I understand 133 or 140 might be better,,but due to powder prices these days I'm trying to find a powder and loads that will work well for anything from .223 to 30-06 in temperatures from -15 C to +25 C, be available locally too, and I think varget might just be it.

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    not .223 but
    I run 50gr SP with 22.5gr N133 at around 3100-3200 in the .222 for Roe in Scotland.
    You can even buy Privi factory ammo for £16-17 a box

    I could run them hotter but dont see the point, placement as usual is the key

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    Stick with the Swede, it`s perfect for everything


    Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobg757 View Post
    Stick with the Swede, it`s perfect for everything


    Bob
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    do not be silly! .223 is perfection for roe

    65gr sierra gamekings with n140, will add charge weight later but roe run very little if at all.

    Moderated .223 T3 HB Varmint + 65gr's is so quiet the deer on the other side of the field don't even bother. Shot 3 with a Level 2 using my rifle at the weekend, all within 150m

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    Thanks for the replys chaps, i now need to spend some more money for the .223 reloading gear !!
    bairn79

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    Quote Originally Posted by paul at barony View Post
    do not be silly! .223 is perfection for roe

    65gr sierra gamekings with n140, will add charge weight later but roe run very little if at all.

    Moderated .223 T3 HB Varmint + 65gr's is so quiet the deer on the other side of the field don't even bother. Shot 3 with a Level 2 using my rifle at the weekend, all within 150m
    Paul
    What barrel twist do you shoot these 65gr bullets out of? Standard Tikka? Also what velocity do they fly at??

    Ian

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