.223 40GR. LOAD

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  1. dbaird

    dbaird

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    Need advice on powder/load for a 40 gr. bullet in .223 Remington. Don't have access to range to work up load-need general load that is safe and will usually give adequate velocity and accuracy.
     
  2. 40X Guy

    40X Guy Site $$ Contributor

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    My old PD hunting load consisted of Winchester brass, Nosler 40 grain BT, Fed. 205 GMM primers and 27.5 grains of H335 seated to 2.260 as per Nosler manual. This load will probably work in most .223 bolt rifles. I was getting 3650 fps out of a 26 inch barrel..

    Frank
     
  3. 5spd

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    28g of BLC2 or H335, 40g vmax...spits em at a bit over 3500 fps, any small rifle primer, col at 2.290" in my Savage. These are just about max loads also.
    26g of the above will be around 3200-3300 fps also which is the starting loads I used.
     
  4. vmaxpro

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    Accurate powders load data with their 2230 and vmaxs was pretty damn deadly on every 223 Ive loaded for.
     
  5. bcott

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    Nosler 40gr Ballistic Tip. 28.0gr/TAC, CCI 450, Winchester brass. 2.300" OAL. Blaser R8 23"bbl. Zeiss 3.5x10 scope. Harris Bipod, rabbit ear butt bag. 5shot groups averaging 1/2" to 3/4"@ 100yds. Vel. ???. Supposed to be 3700+. Have not chronoed yet. Carl L.
     
  6. chino69

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    40X guy,
    I believe I have the same pet load as you for a .223; 27.5 gr. H335 with a 40 grn. Nosler Ballistic Tip. Screaming accurate!
     
  7. boltman223

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    I had really good luck with 27.0 and 27.4 gr benchmark 40gr nos bt in two of my 223's
     
  8. rpopo

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    40X guy is right on.Thats what I have used for years.They are accurate and do a wonderful job on PD`S.
     
  9. Nutjob

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    I like Benchmark with the 40 BT.
     
  10. moorepower

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    I can't say I have found a load mine does not like. Even the Fiocchi 40 grain loads shoot 1/2-5/8" in both of my .223's. Back when you could actually buy ammo, Cabelas had some sales on it making reloading little cheaper, plus extra brass.
     
  11. Danger

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    This is My go to load 27.5 gr Tac CCI 450 COL 2,270 always under .500 % 100 Yds Hope it helps DD
     
  12. Witchhunter

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    I agree with the H335 guys and would like to add that 24.5 of AA2200 works well with 40 VMAX also.
     
  13. fredhorace77

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    27.0 Benchmark
    40gr. V-Max
    Lapua Brass
    Fed. GM primer
    2.265" col
    22" Barrel 3560 fps
     
  14. Nutjob

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    Another one for 27.5 grains of benchmark.

    Russ
     
  15. gene pool

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    I don't know the twist of your barrel (maybe I missed it) but I am shooting .223 in a 14 twist barrel. Here are my combinations:

    50 gr. Nosler BT, 25.0 gr. V133, 3,446 fps, 5 shots in .327"

    40 gr, V-max, 26.2 gr. V135, 3,740 fps, 5 shots in .313"

    The range was 100 yards. My shooting skills are such that someone more steady and with good eyesight could cut those groups in half.

    Gene Pool
     
  16. jbarnwell

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    I use 24.5 grains of VV N130 with a 40 grain Berger. Used to shoot this same load with the Old Starke 36 grain RPVB. Both are very accurate and plenty of speed. Be aware this is a max load in my rifle and also listed as max in the newest Hornady loading manual. Please start lower and work up slowly. Have also been having good luck with Benchmark and IMR 8208 XBR. These two have proved to be very accurate, but they have left me a little disappointed in the velocity. I need to work on them a little more though. Hope this helps.
     

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