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I, am going to start reloading .223 and would like to know what powder, primer and 55gr bullet you perfer. I, will be shooting mostly at paper 25-100 yrds. want decent accurcy. The gun is an AR with 16" chrome lined barrel 1:7 twist. I, have been using Federal small pistol primers for my 9mm with no problems, how good are the Federal sm rifle primers.
 

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I don't load .223 but I have used Federal primers for a long time and prefer them. When stock dwindles at the gun stores, it's always Federal primers that are sold out first.
 

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I use Ramshot TAC, X-terminator and either Win or CCI SRP's. No need for magnum primers in a .223 case, but they do work OK.
 

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I've gotten excelent results with H335, Midway Dogstown 55gr bullets, and Win or Fed SRP. Sub1/2" groups from 2 different AR's.
 

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I have loaded the .223 with most of the more popular powders but I have yet to find one that gives better accuracy and consistency than my old centerfire rifle 'standby'- H4895. I use Winchester primers exclusively for the same reasons.

Full length resize, trim to length and use a firm crimp if loading for an autoloader.
 

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invest in one of these if you are serious about reloading great item to have on your reloading bench
I have the Hornady Reloading Handbook from 1984 and I still use it for reference sometimes. It's funny to see some of the most popular cartridges aren't in there because they weren't invented in 1984.

Gack, I'm old!
 

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I'm new to .223 as well. I have the 7th edition Hornady Handbook that came with the LNL press kit. One thing I gotta say is lube them cases:-?
 

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An answer to your question mite be what does your gun like. Pretty hard to say what will work for your gun not knowing what kind of gun it is. I know when I started reloading some bench mark loads I loaded 10 of one load and 10 of a different load until I got the load my gun liked and yes a 1/2 grain makes a huge difference.
 
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