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What's a good cheap plinking 223 load.

Not looking for accuracy so much nor extended ranges just something to go out and play with.

What's your load and source?
 

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I have never tried them, but you can get blem bullets off of Midway and others for @$10/100, maybe cheaper sometimes. I believe Wolf primers are going to be about as cheap as you can get. I only use H335 powder, so I can't help you on that one, but a pound of powder is going to get you between 250 and 300 rounds. The way I load, I get 297 rounds out of 1 pound of H335.
 

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Bullets from Hi-Tech Ammo .05 each -
M193 - 55gr. FMJBT - Machine Pulled - Resized - Polished $147 for 3000

http://www.hi-techammo.com/

Many powders can be used for this bullet. Most loads will give you between 250 and 300 rounds per pound. I use 26 grains of Varget with this bullet (get about 270 per pound)

Primers - your choice
 

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Bullets from Hi-Tech Ammo .05 each -
M193 - 55gr. FMJBT - Machine Pulled - Resized - Polished $147 for 3000

http://www.hi-techammo.com/

Many powders can be used for this bullet. Most loads will give you between 250 and 300 rounds per pound. I use 26 grains of Varget with this bullet (get about 270 per pound)

Primers - your choice
They wave Hazmat fees for primer orders over 30,000...I like the way they think
 

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... another alternative -- you can cast your own boolits!!
 

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To really bring your "per round" costs down, you have to spend quite a bit of $$$ to buy in BULK. We are talking bullets by the 1000+, powder by the 8# keg, and primers by the 5000 sleeve.

A powder to look into is Accurate Arms 2230. This is a GOOD all-round powder. My 223 load is in the 25gr range. I have used this powder in 223, 308, 30-06, 8mm, 45-70. I do admit, this powder is certainly not the best choice for a specific cartridge, just a GREAT general purpose powder...... IMHO. And yes, I buy it by the 8# keg.

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Yeah I don't think I'm gonna have time to get some loaded by the 18th. May have to buy and hope they make it in time.
 

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You should go to, or get someone to buy it.
At knob creek machingun shoot, Pats Reloading may have the WC844 powder left. It is/was 100$ for 8 lbs.
It is worth more.


That, combined with cheap M193 pulls and some CCI 450s... makes a fine plinking load.
Loaded at 24.5 or 25 grains makes 2240 rounds per jug

Ive shot thousands of those and buy in bulk. 6 jugs of powder, 12k primers, 12k bullets.. cost me 11 cents a shot
 

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Captain I loaded up some of them 223s to your specs. Grouped good and I like em. Thanks. Now I don't have to worry about working up a load.
 

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I shot about 200 of them yesterday and today ... I like the load ... think I will run some through the chrony on Monday ... I think they should be running 2850 -2950fps ...
 

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captain-03 said:
I shot about 200 of them yesterday and today ... I like the load ... think I will run some through the chrony on Monday ... I think they should be running 2850 -2950fps ...
Let me know how fast they fly
 

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jhud said:
Isnt the copper jacket a vital component of the .223 ??????
.. good probably -- vital - NO!
 

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I filled some new LC brass with 26grs of Varget and it was up in the neck.. haha... is it suppose to do that? I checked the weight on my old RCBS balance beam.
 
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