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Reloading The .223 Remington Rifle


(FN=Flat Nose, SP= Spire Point, HP= Hollow Point, RN= Round Nose) JHP= Jacketed Hollow Point, FMJ=Full Metal Jacket)

Loads for .223 Remington Rifle:

(Note: These are near maximum loads, you should use 10% less to start.)
(See note on Powders below or read all about various Powders.)
Bullet is .224" diameter. Due to different barrel lengths, type of bullet, seating depth, primer type and other factors, you may not get near the FPS charted. It is just a guide and the reason you should start under these charges and work up.

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45 grain JSP (Speer or Sierra Spitzer)
    IMR 3031     25.5* gr.  3,300 FPS
    IMR 4895     26.5* gr.  3,280
    2400         14.9  gr.  3,030
    Reloader 12  28.0 gr.   3,470
    Reloader 7   21.8 gr.   3,375
    #2230        27.0 gr.   3,447
    #2460        27.0 gr.   3,405
  * compressed charge
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50 grain JSP (Hornady Soft Point)
    IMR 3031     25.5* gr.  3,225 FPS
    IMR 4895     26.5* gr.  3,270
    2400         14.5  gr.  2,795
    Reloader 12  27.0 gr.   3,335
    Reloader 7   21.5 gr.   3,195
    H4895        26.0 gr.   3,174
    H335         26.0 gr.   3,398
    #2230        26.0 gr.   3,342
    #2460        26.0 gr.   3,329
    748          26.0 gr.   3,200
 * compressed charge
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52 grain JHP (Sierra Hollow Point, Boat-tail)
    IMR 3031     25.5* gr.  3,--- FPS
    IMR 4895     26.5* gr.  3,---
    Reloader 12  27.5 gr.   3,310
    Reloader 7   20.9 gr.   3,165
    H4895        26.0 gr.   3,123
    H335         26.0 gr.   3,300
    #2230        26.0 gr.   3,252
    #2460        25.5 gr.   3,234
    748          25.5 gr.   3,160
 * compressed charge
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55 grain JSP (Hornady Soft Point)
    IMR 3031     25.0* gr.  3,165 FPS
    IMR 4895     26.0  gr.  3,120
    2400         14.0  gr.  2,685
    Reloader 12  27.5 gr.   3,255
    Reloader 7   20.5 gr.   3,080
    H4895        26.0 gr.   3,099
    H335         25.3 gr.   3,203
    #2230        26.0 gr.   3,216
    #2460        26.5 gr.   3,231
    748          26.3 gr.   3,150
 * compressed charge
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60 grain JSP (Hornady Spire Point)
    Reloader 15  26.5 gr.   3,240 FPS
    Reloader 12  25.5 gr.   3,070
    H4895        25.5 gr.   3,078
    H335         25.0 gr.   3,051
    #2230        25.0 gr.   2,950
    #2460        25.2 gr.   3,015
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68 grain JSP (Hornady Hollow Point, Boat-tail)
    Reloader 15  25.6 gr.   3,030 FPS
    Reloader 12  25.0 gr.   2,925
    H4895        23.0 gr.   2,679
    H335         23.5 gr.   2,825
    #2230        24.5 gr.   2,929
    #2460        24.7 gr.   2,991
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Discussion: The .223 is fast and flat. I have listed powders of IMR, Hodgdon, Alliant and Accurate. Use which ever you have handy. Slow burning powders generally work better in longer barrels and heavier bullets. .223 Cases will stretch, especially with hot loads, and you definitely need to check each in a case length guage and trim off excess brass. Of course, discard any cases that show a split anywhere on the case. For hunting at long distances with an unobstructed view, you should choose the spire point with a soft lead tip or a hollow point. The .223 is really better for long-range, open country and not so much for the brush and woods. But any clear shot with it is deadly.

There are a number of other high performance bullets on the market. The "boattail" is a very good long range target match bullet. It has very good wind performance. If you are shooting for precision, you should weight each powder charge and put exactly the same amount in each case. Each case should be exactly on specs.


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#2400, Reloader 7, 11, 12, 15, 19, and 22 are products of Alliant (formerly Hercules) Powders.
H335, H450 and H4895 are products of Hodgdon Powders.
IMR 3031 and IMR 4895 are products of IMR (formerly DuPont) Powder Company.
No. 2, No. 5, #2230, #2700, #3100 and #2460 are products of Accurate Arms Company
WMR, WSF, WSL, 760, 748, 231 and 540 are products of Winchester, Components Div.

References: Accurate Arms Co. 1996 Reloading booklet - - Alliant Powder Co. Reloaders' Guide (1995) - - Hodgdon's Basic Reloaders Manual (1996) - - Speer Reloading Manual, #12 - - Winchester Reloading Components Manual, 14th edition - - Lyman Piston & Revolver Reloading Handbook, 2nd edition. - - VihtaVuori Oy Company, reloading booklet (1995) - - Numerous magazine articles on reloading special calibers and personal loads where noted.

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This page created 1/16/96 by M.D. Smith and last modified on August 1, 1997 ©