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Old December 8th, 2012, 05:44 AM   #16
 
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I shoot a lot of 40 grain bullets, they are what shoots the best out of my rifle with a 1:12 twist. With a regular vmax bullet i can hold 1" @ 100 all day. They arent worth a crap at much over 100 in my 1:9 AR



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Old December 10th, 2012, 06:43 PM   #17
 
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Try this:
8gr of Trail Boss
40gr Sierra HP

My CZ527 shoots 5 under a dime at 50yds, opening to 3/4" @ 100yds. Velocity is about 1600fps, noise is in between a .22LR and a .22 Magnum.

If you have a ton of the ZMax that should work as well, the Sierra bullet costs less, was designed for velocities in the Hornet to .222 range, and will expand nicely on varmints under 100yds.
I'm fascinated with your load! This is for a .223 Remington cartridge??? It looks like a Hornet load to me--except for the fast-burning pistol powder.

My CZ527 is a .22 Hornet with 1 : 16 twist, but you are talking a .223? My .223 is a Stevens with a 1 : 9 twist and any bullet with weight lower than 55 grains tends to disappear at .223 velocities. If you really are talking about a .223 Remington load, then I am very intrigued, and would like to try a load like this. But I've heard horror stories about loads too light. And pistol powders in long barrels?

Curious I am!
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Old December 10th, 2012, 07:15 PM   #18
 
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I have loaded Hornady V-Max 40gr with 21.2gr of IMR 4198 and get excellent results at 300yds...
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I'm fascinated with your load! This is for a .223 Remington cartridge??? It looks like a Hornet load to me--except for the fast-burning pistol powder.

My CZ527 is a .22 Hornet with 1 : 16 twist, but you are talking a .223? My .223 is a Stevens with a 1 : 9 twist and any bullet with weight lower than 55 grains tends to disappear at .223 velocities. If you really are talking about a .223 Remington load, then I am very intrigued, and would like to try a load like this. But I've heard horror stories about loads too light. And pistol powders in long barrels?
This is for a .223, mine is a 1:12 twist, but the difference at the working velocity isn't enough to destroy a bullet with a 1:9. It's a little more than a +P .22LR, in the same velocity range as many of the hyper velocity rimfires. I use it for calling foxes where the ranges are <75yds. It's actually quiet enough that a single stand can produce more than one or two shots in areas where populations are high. The two bullets I've used are the 40gr Sierra HP, and the Hornady 45gr Bee HP. Neither will mess up a hide.

Trail boss isn't really a pistol powder. I use it for practice loads and barrel break in loads. It works great in the .223, .243, 7-08, .280 Rem, 7mm Mag, .30-30, .30-06, .35 Rem, and .35 Whelen in my collection. The .22 Hornet would likely produce .22LR speeds with the lighter bullets.
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40gr is light and in the class of "why?", since 55gr are much more common. I've used 40gr in a PS90 5.7x28 and that is one touchy round to load. I'd think a 5.56 in 40gr would suffer in a autoloader, but since you are using a bolt gun (if I read that right) it should be much less sensitive.
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This is for a .223, mine is a 1:12 twist, but the difference at the working velocity isn't enough to destroy a bullet with a 1:9. It's a little more than a +P .22LR, in the same velocity range as many of the hyper velocity rimfires. I use it for calling foxes where the ranges are <75yds. It's actually quiet enough that a single stand can produce more than one or two shots in areas where populations are high. The two bullets I've used are the 40gr Sierra HP, and the Hornady 45gr Bee HP. Neither will mess up a hide.

Trail boss isn't really a pistol powder. I use it for practice loads and barrel break in loads. It works great in the .223, .243, 7-08, .280 Rem, 7mm Mag, .30-30, .30-06, .35 Rem, and .35 Whelen in my collection. The .22 Hornet would likely produce .22LR speeds with the lighter bullets.
Thanks for the info! I have a lot to learn on these things....
This opens up a whole new vista for my .223.
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