View Full Version : .223 reloading

07-16-2012, 9:53 AM
this will be my first time doing this. Should I start off with the lowest starting measure of powder or start in the middle.

I figure I will load about 20 of one weight, then 20 of another weight, but where should I start?

I'm going to load 223 with .224 FMJ and plan on using BLC-2 powder.

07-16-2012, 10:12 AM
Start at the low, then move to middle, then slowly up to max.

07-16-2012, 10:37 AM
Are you just looking for plinking ammo? I don't shoot all that often, and I don't have the means to really properly work up a load for accuracy. I just made ten rounds of low to higher charges in .2 grain increments. Then just shot them...whatever cycled my rifle consistently was good enough for me. My load for BL-C(2) is 26gr under a 55gr FMJBT projectile. Is it the "best" load? Probably not, but for 100 yard and closer plinking it works for me.

07-16-2012, 11:07 AM
Yeah, i'm using it for 100yd plinking. nothing too serious.

07-16-2012, 11:39 AM
what kind of allowance do is there on .223 case length? I resized mine using Lee's sizing gauge and it trims the case to 1.74 is this ok? I looked at the data base on ARF.com and for 55gr bullet they say 1.75. is this enough to make a difference?

07-16-2012, 11:42 AM
At 1.74 u are ok. But I would adjust ur trimmer to 1.75 for the rest of ur brass

07-16-2012, 11:59 AM