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#2151163 - 02/14/12 05:28 PM .223 varget loads
Widow maker 223 Offline
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Registered: 12/10/11
Posts: 3397
Loc: Northern IN
I usually use benchmark, but had to settle for varget last time i went to get powder. The varget seems to fill up the cases fast. I started at a base load and only went up a grain with 53gr v max and there wasnt much room left. Anyone shoot a closer to max load with varget a little on the compressed side. I know pressure is what you look for but with my 16" barrel i will probably be wasting it anyhow.

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#2151304 - 02/14/12 07:24 PM Re: .223 varget loads [Re: Widow maker 223]
TnTnTn Offline
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Registered: 02/05/08
Posts: 993
Loc: Middle TN
Just tried some Varget under 55g TNTs yesterday. I have shot it under some other bullets before with good results. I was using 27.0 grains and it filled the case up to about half neck. The load shot well and functioned fine in my Sportical.

Tried some xterminator with the same bullet today and it is much less bulkier only filling the case about 2/3rds(24.0g) but the load was very accurate and functioned fine. Also it pours like water so I will have to set up my measure to throw it. TTT

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#2151316 - 02/14/12 07:32 PM Re: .223 varget loads [Re: TnTnTn]
Orneryolfart357 Offline
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Varget usually shines with heavier bullets. Id use a faster powder for 53gr.. Good luck
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#2151318 - 02/14/12 07:32 PM Re: .223 varget loads [Re: TnTnTn]
venatic Offline
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With varget you will probably lose some velocity as well as it is too slow for 53gr bullets IMO.
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#2151336 - 02/14/12 08:00 PM Re: .223 varget loads [Re: venatic]
Widow maker 223 Offline
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Registered: 12/10/11
Posts: 3397
Loc: Northern IN
How much heavier do yall recommed on bullet weight. It shot great with the 53's, and some 55 HP's.


Edited by Widow maker 223 (02/14/12 08:05 PM)

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#2151386 - 02/14/12 08:29 PM Re: .223 varget loads [Re: Widow maker 223]
Brad Phillips Offline
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Registered: 01/11/04
Posts: 283
Loc: Gilbertville, IA
I use Varget with 69 SMK's

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#2151635 - 02/14/12 11:28 PM Re: .223 varget loads [Re: Brad Phillips]
mikeyg Offline
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Registered: 12/30/10
Posts: 306
Loc: S.W. Wisconsin
I think you will find Varget on the "dirty"side also,I did and switched to TAC and its great with 55gr nos bt.
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#2151651 - 02/14/12 11:38 PM Re: .223 varget loads [Re: mikeyg]
SShooterZ Offline
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Registered: 11/28/06
Posts: 1373
Loc: McHenry, IL
I shoot 55gr Nosler BTs behind some Varget in my Howa.

Most accurate load was near the top of the load chart, but chronoed a bit slow. If I remember correctly, in the 2800-2900 FPS range.

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#2151687 - 02/15/12 12:17 AM Re: .223 varget loads [Re: SShooterZ]
blopez50 Offline
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Registered: 09/20/10
Posts: 2527
Loc: New Mexico
26gr varget under a 60gr vmax is MONEY

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#2151692 - 02/15/12 12:21 AM Re: .223 varget loads [Re: blopez50]
1up5down Offline
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Registered: 08/23/11
Posts: 1560
Loc: WV
What powder would you guys reccomend for 50gr.-55gr. pills?
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#2151703 - 02/15/12 12:44 AM Re: .223 varget loads [Re: 1up5down]
dmpowder Offline
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Registered: 12/24/09
Posts: 1754
Loc: Colorado
Benchmark and 8208

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#2151704 - 02/15/12 12:45 AM Re: .223 varget loads [Re: 1up5down]
SShooterZ Offline
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Registered: 11/28/06
Posts: 1373
Loc: McHenry, IL
I've been using a Surplus variant of H335 and have had great success with it. That would be a nice go to for that range pill. Or even BL-C(2)

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#2151708 - 02/15/12 12:47 AM Re: .223 varget loads [Re: 1up5down]
Rustydust Offline
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Registered: 10/21/07
Posts: 3515
Loc: Southwest Idaho
Originally Posted By: 1up5down
What powder would you guys reccomend for 50gr.-55gr. pills?


Hey Dave

Varget has worked the very best as far as accuracy with my various .223 rifles. It is not the hottest performer as far as speed goes, but it has given me the best accuracy and low pressures to boot. 26 grains of it with a 50 to 55 grain bullet have killed lots of small brown furry animals out of my guns.
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#2151735 - 02/15/12 01:37 AM Re: .223 varget loads [Re: Rustydust]
1up5down Offline
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Registered: 08/23/11
Posts: 1560
Loc: WV
Thanks guys. I have Varget, Benchmark, 8208, and some H322. Since I'm new to loading, I'll try what works for you guys first.
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#2151788 - 02/15/12 07:02 AM Re: .223 varget loads [Re: 1up5down]
Widow maker 223 Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 12/10/11
Posts: 3397
Loc: Northern IN
Im gonna stick with benchmark. I like to try some tac if i can find some. Ill burn up this varget and try a few compressed loads working up slow.

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