40gr - 50gr 223 loads



Two of my Varmint guns in caliber 223 Remington REALLY love Nosler 40 grain Ballistic Tips and AA 2015 powder!

This bullet is IMPRESSIVE when used for Hunting Prairie Dogs
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I'd have to back up hunter on the 40 gr. Hunter and I had a thread going on the Hornady 40 gr. V-max, and I took his advice and loaded some. I was blown away by the accuracy of them. I loaded the 40 gr. V-Max with 29 grains of WIN748, and dropped a nickel size group @ 100 yards with a dot scope. I have a cousin that lives in Montana, and he is a huge varmint hunter, and all he shoots is 40 gr. nosslers. Flat, and fast is what he says. If you are hand loading, try and shorten, or lengthen the C.O.L. and see if accuracy improves.
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I can guarantee you they are no where close to 3800 fps. Probably more like 3500 fps at max load for .223 sammi which is 22.9 grns of 4198.

I am loading Nosler .40 grn ballistic tips using 28.0 grns of IMR 4895 and chronyed them at 3650. I have not had any problems at all.

If you want to use 748 start out at 28.0 grns and work your way up my books show 30 grn as max load. Since you shoot them in a .556 chamber you could go past max with out any trouble. Just work your way up and watch for signs of over pressure.
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Took along my Bushy, and 100, 40 gr. V-Max rounds loaded with 29.0 grains of WIN 748, and they functioned absolutely perfect. Thank you very much for the excellent advice Hunter, you are the man! I appreciate the quick feedback, and the load data you provided. I seated to 2.20 C.O.L., and nailed a 1 inch grouping @ 100 yards with these rounds. I love them, fast, and accurate. I will be building many more like them.
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50 V-MAX or 50 Blitzking over 26.5 Gr of BL-C (2) 3400 fps and very accurate
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50 gr BT with 26.5 gr TAC, burns very clean
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40 grain Vmax over 28 grains of H335 shoots bug holes in two of mine.
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Load is considered HOT in newer manuals...so if you use it, work up...

RL 7, 24 grains...work up in your brass...I have found Win, Rem,and LC brass will take up to 28 grains with a 40 grain bullet in my rifles. If you use Federal Brass, 26 grains is Maximum.

This is safe in my rifles, but is presented as strictly academic here.. use at your own risk.. ( simply because you won't find it in reload manuals any more..) but it will definitely be about the fastest load you will get for a 30 to 40 grain bullet in a 223 and it has proven accurate as hell in each one of my rifles.

DO NOT use a Small Rifle Mag Primer.

I've reloaded cases 10 times using this load, so it has proven more than safe in my rifles. If you want an economy load.. 14.5 grains of Blue Dot.. should give an MV about 3300 fps...and yields about 500 rounds out of a pound of powder...I shoot that one the most.
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With 40gr bullets several of my rifles like 27.5-28gr H335 or 27-27.5gr Benchmark. My all time favorite load for accuracy and terminal performance in the .223 is 26.5gr Benchmark behind a 50gr V-Max or BT
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27 grains of H-335 with Sierra's 40 grain Blitz bullets shoot very well in a 223 rifle I have
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