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cpaspr

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Pistol Powder in a .223 ?
« on: July 03, 2011, 12:33:42 am »
Was looking at Hodgdon's reloading charts this afternoon.

Looked up .223 loads, but then set the bullet weight pull-down to just 55 grain bullets.

First three loads on the chart are Trailboss, Tightgroup and Clays, with max charges of 4.0, 3.1 and 3.2 grains respectively.  No minimum charges.  Velocities are all between 1060 and 1074 fps at the listed charges.  Velocities for the rifle powders are all above 3000 fps.

None of them showed up until I limited the bullet weight.

What gives here?
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    Re: Pistol Powder in a .223 ?
    « Reply #1 on: July 03, 2011, 12:42:12 am »
    Those are subsonic loads. You can't safely get loads that slow with rifle powders.
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    Re: Pistol Powder in a .223 ?
    « Reply #2 on: July 03, 2011, 01:41:54 am »
    I did recognize the velocity threshold. 

    The question is, how do they shoot?  And how far do they travel before they drop significantly?
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    Re: Pistol Powder in a .223 ?
    « Reply #3 on: July 03, 2011, 10:32:41 am »
    I tried out the Titegroup loads once - I think I may still have a few around.

    I didn't check them for accuracy and I wouldn't expect much. For trajectory they'll probably do slightly better than .22lr from a pistol, due to the heavier spitzer bullets, but not much.

    Don't expect them to cycle an autoloader either.
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    Re: Pistol Powder in a .223 ?
    « Reply #4 on: July 03, 2011, 12:29:21 pm »
    Those loads should work well in a bolt action with cast lead slugs for pest control around the home or farm in areas that it's allowed.  Or they can be used for cheap skills maintenance with reduced targets used at restricted distances(Say a restricted distance appleseed event).  Other than those roles, unless you're a 007 type, they're pretty much useless.
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