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This is a discussion on reloading 5.56/.233 Powders?? within the M16 AR15 forums, part of the Rifle Forum category; This question is mainly reloading 5.56/.233. In my other rifles I use vihtavuori n560 for my 300 win mag, 30-30 n120. I know they make ...


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Old February 28th, 2017, 03:43 PM   #1
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reloading 5.56/.233 Powders??

This question is mainly reloading 5.56/.233.

In my other rifles I use vihtavuori n560 for my 300 win mag, 30-30 n120. I know they make n530 specifically for nato and n540 for.223. I have used n560 and n120 because the u.p. Cold axx weather. Never had a failure with it. Now living in co. at 7000 ft. Above sea level. Which one should I choose is my question, or should I choose something else entirely different. These rounds will only be going through my bushmaster not a bolt action!

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Old February 28th, 2017, 04:02 PM   #2
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Hogdon CFE 223 is not temp sensitive. Take a look. Also I use AA2230. Give them a look.

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Old February 28th, 2017, 04:06 PM   #3
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N540 is fine, no reason not to use it (except price).

I prefer Varget for 223 but good luck finding it.

H4895 is another good one but it sucks with 75/77gr bullets, good for everything else though.

Right now I am using TAC, ball powder very temp sensitive but good velocity plus I went crazy and bought 16lbs of it so I have to use it lol.

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Old February 28th, 2017, 04:50 PM   #4
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I don't load for a Ar15 but in my .223 bolt gun I like AA2015.Glen Zendiker made a observation that most of the powders for .223 are liked by the .308 also.. Go to his web site and order his book on the Ar and you will have all the info you will ever need..

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Thanks so far guys for the input!��

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Old February 28th, 2017, 07:01 PM   #6
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I owned an actual Colt AR15 some years back. I used 25.0 gr of IMR 3031 with a 55 gr FMJ. Basically it replicated the M193 ball round. Plenty accurate.

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Old February 28th, 2017, 07:13 PM   #7
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I use H335 for my AR, but I have no experience with it at 7,000'.

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Old February 28th, 2017, 07:21 PM   #8
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H335, BL-C2, win 748, IMR 3031, IMR4895, Varget and 322. TAC, CFE.223 and a few AA powders I can't think right at the moment all work for .223 some are better for heavy bullets some work better for light. I would say you're powder choices are pretty much limited only by your internet surfing skills.

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Old February 28th, 2017, 07:25 PM   #9
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For plinking I use 55gr fmj from Hornady or Berry's and 24.5 grains of H335. Shoots good and fairly accurate out of all my AR rifles.

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Hogdon CFE 223 is not temp sensitive. Take a look. Also I use AA2230. Give them a look.
Second Accurate Arms 2230. It's a great powder, generates good muzzle velocities, but can be a little hard to find at times.

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Second Accurate Arms 2230. It's a great powder, generates good muzzle velocities, but can be a little hard to find at times.
Third for AA2230, it flows well through all the powder measures I have tried it in and it works good in my .458 Win Mag too.

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I use H335 for my AR, but I have no experience with it at 7,000'.
Same here.

I prefer ball powders for loading the 5.56mm, but the OP would probably find better temperature stability with extruded... I don't know if I've seen a ball powder labeled as 'temperature stable.'

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I've been doing good with IMR 8208 XBR, lake city brass, Cci # 41 primers, and Hornady 75gr BTHP.

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Yeah I forgot 8208, if you can get that it's great for 223. 23.2 grains with a 77gr bullet at 2.245" works great.

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Old February 28th, 2017, 09:17 PM   #15
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Thanks again everyone for the input. I see that everyone likes all these other brands which everyone chooses for their own specific reasons. May it be cost, what they can get, reliability, or because of other reasons.
Since the first part of my question dealt with the vihtavuori powders has anyone tried them in an AR?

maybe i'm a little bias because I use it still for 2 guns.

Please still keep the input coming so I may make my own rational decision.

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