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I want to start loading for my 223, it is a Ruger SR 556, 16" barrel and 1-9 twist. I want to shoot hornady 60 grain V-Max bulets and was wondering what would be the best powder to use. If anyone has the same rifle and bullet combo and have some good loads I would really appriciate the info. If not just some good recomindations on the best powder for the V-Max bullet. Thank You for any and all help.
 

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I use BLC-2 because it throws precisely out of the measure without having to trickle the loads, and it's right up there on velocity. It can take a pressure excursion if used in hot weather or in a hot barrel, but no trouble really with my 50 grainers. Shoots right nice out of my Savage.
 

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Try 22.5 grains of H-322 and an OAL of 2.200". I use Winchester cases and Winchester standard primers. You may try varying the OAL out to 2.250" but 2.200" works well in my rifles. I use the Hornady 60 grain SP bullet with a flat base.

Other powders that work well in the .223 include Hodgdon's Benchmark and 4198.
 

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Since I also shoot 60 grainers out of me Bushy Varminter, I've found I need a little slower powder for decent velocity. For me 25 grains of Varget, AA2520 or 24 grains of Exterminator work well. I prefer 2520 or Exterminator since they meter so well.
 

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Reloder 10x is another good powder to try in the 223 case.
 

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Win 748 will do you wonderfully. It likes full tilt loads to burn really clean, and doesn't have the pressure "excursions" that get tossed around with ball powder.
 
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