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    50gr vmax and CFE223 AR-15 pet loads

    Anybody using this combination and found a solid pet load. Iíve got 3000 of the 50gr Vmax and 8lbs of CFE223 horded for a prairie dog shoot this next spring but havenít started any load development yet.
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    Good luck, hard to go wrong with that vmax. We use Benchmark and H322, but no CFE, all the best.


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    You'd have to work really hard to make those bullets shoot poorly. I'd start around published max, and go from there.
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    Finally did a little load workup with this combo all five shot groups COL 2.260Ē

    27.5gr. 3036fps SD35 .75Ē
    27.8gr. 3085fps SD9 .75Ē
    28.1gr. 3128fps SD44 .9Ē
    28.4gr. 3175fps SD58 .75Ē
    28.7gr. 3274fps SD54 1.3Ē

    Iíll be honest I wasnít really pleased I was hoping for a flat spot in the velocity and this was very linear. I tried a second gun I will more than likely bring on the dog hunt it didnít like the 27.8gr load at all. Going to try same test at COL 2.210Ē already have them loaded just waiting on some decent weather. If they arenít better Iíll try 55gr z-max I think Iíve got about 3000 of them also. I did pick up a pound of Reloader 10X I suspect it may be better with the 50grís
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    Try N133, Sent a couple of train car's full of PD's to the promise land with 50 gr V Max. Never found a better powder in the half dozen .223's I took west!
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    What barrel length?

    I've never loaded Hornady 50's before but have had very good success with CFE and 55 grain bullets, both Nosler BT's and Sierra HPBT in all my AR's. I worked up some loads when H335 got scarce around here about a year ago and CFE was running a few bucks cheaper. TAC would be another choice I'd try as well.

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    Iíve also had better luck with CFE223 with 55gr but wanted to use up some of my 50gr. Scheels yesterday had Reloader 10X on sale $22 a pound. My first choice for these 50ís would be Benchmark. Iím just using up some powders leftover from the ďGreat Obummer powder famineĒ stuff I bought simply because it was in stock at the time.

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    I did happen into 17lbs of once fired mixed head stamp 223 brass for free on Monday. My boys and I have a tumbling sizing swedging assembly line running in the evenings. About 75% FC brass and the rest is all sorts of brands. Good enough for p-dogs Iím planning on bringing 2000 rounds with me.

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    Sounds about enough ammo for a good afternoon! Until you've set up on a town where it looked like the ground was moving you can't believe how much ammo it takes for a week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kansaswoodguy View Post
    I’ve also had better luck with CFE223 with 55gr but wanted to use up some of my 50gr. Scheels yesterday had Reloader 10X on sale $22 a pound. My first choice for these 50’s would be Benchmark. I’m just using up some powders leftover from the “Great Obummer powder famine” stuff I bought simply because it was in stock at the time.
    Scheels

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