223 Remington – Middle Weights

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Warning: Bullet selections are specific, and loads are not valid with substitutions of different bullets of the same weight. Variations in bullet length will alter net case capacity,  pressure and velocity. Primer selection is specific and primer types are not interchangeable. These are maximum loads in my firearms and may be excessive in others. All loads should be reduced by 5% as a starting point for development where cartridges have greater than 40 grains in capacity and 10% for cartridges with less than 40 grain capacity following safe handloading practices as represented in established mainstream reloading manuals. Presentation of these loads does not constitute a solicitation for their use, nor a recommendation.

Cartridge
223 Remington
Firearm Ruger Hawkeye Varmint Target
Barrel Length 26″
Max Case Length 1.760″ +0.0″/-0.030″
Min- Max COL
2.125″ Min – 2.260″ Max
Primer CCI 400 Small Rifle
Bullet Diameter 0.2245″ +0.0″/-0.0030″
Reloading Dies Redding F/L
Bullet Type  Bullet Weight
Grains
Net H2O
Grains
Capacity
COL” Powder Type Powder Charge
Grains
Muzzle Velocity
fps
Muzzle Energy
ft/lbs
Sierra Varminter JHP 40
27.3
2.175
Alliant Varmint 28.0 3572 1134
Sierra Varminter JHP 40 27.3 2.175 BL-C(2)
30.5C 3698 1215
Sierra Varminter JHP 40 27.3 2.175 CFE 223 30.0 3617 1162
Sierra Varminter JHP 40
27.3
2.175
Win 748
29.0C
3702
1218
Sierra BlitzKing 50
25.9
2.250
AA 2520
27.5
3536
1389
Sierra BlitzKing 50 25.9 2.250 BL C(2)
28.0 3442 1316
Sierra BlitzKing 50 25.9 2.250 CFE 223 28.5 3439 1313
Sierra BlitzKing 50 25.9 2.250 Win 748 27.5 3458 1328
Remington PSP
55 26.1 2.185 AA 2520 27.5 3464 1466
Remington PSP
55 26.1 2.185 AR-Comp 25.5 3328 1353
Remington PSP
55 26.1 2.185 CFE 223 28.5 3364 1382
Remington PSP
55 26.1 2.185 Win 748 27.0 3307 1336
Nosler Partition 60 25.4 2.210 AA 2520 26.0 3229 1389
Nosler Partition 60 25.4 2.210 AR-Comp 24.5 3227 1388
Nosler Partition 60 25.4 2.210 CFE 223 27.0 3228 1389
Nosler Partition 60 25.4 2.210 Norma 201 25.0 3198 1363
Sierra GameKing 65 25.6 2.260 AA 2495 25.0 3040 1334
Sierra GameKing 65 25.6 2.260 AR-Comp 24.0 3107 1394
Sierra GameKing 65 25.6 2.260 CFE 223 27.0 3091 1379
Sierra GameKing 65 25.6 2.260 Win 748 25.5 3061 1353
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