From what I've read they actually prefer a long jump, like 0.030"ish. I have 500 sitting on the bench right now, but no time or any real confidence in them is holding me back.Well I just ordered 300 of them, guess I'll find out sooner or later. Is the issue jump tolerance?
its better than nothing, thanks for the info. I've got some 4895 around so if cfe223 doesn't work out then I'll give that a try. Thanks!Not an AR load, but some RDF data...I have been trying them out in my Tikka T3. I was shooting Berger 75 gr. VLD's. I decided to give the RDF's a try. Worked up some loads, with a variety of 223-ish powders I had laying around. Had the best accuracy and velocity with H4895 seated fairly long (Don't have my notes in front of me, but well beyond AR mag length). I tried some seated to AR depth just out of curiosity, and chrono and group data showed they didn't perform as well in my rifle as the long seated loads. They shot well enough I ordered a bunch to fine tune with.
I know this is not exactly what you were looking for but there isn't a ton of data out on these just yet, so I figured I would offer mine up.
what barrel are you using?Shot two groups today that I'm happy with and they're Varget loads shot from 200 yards.
first load was 23.8 grns of Varget, 70 grn bullet in Lake City (2012) brass loaded to 2.30 inches through my 20" barreled AR. THIS load went into .885 four rounds, 200 yards. Second load with same setup but 24.0 grns Varget went five rounds into 1.45" at two hundred yards.
Well you probably won't believe me but it's an AR Stoner SDM-R 20 inch barrel that I picked up for $140 from MidwayUSA. I just saw that the same barrel is on sale for $104!!!what barrel are you using?
Nice. I did try out the RDF with H4895, 23.6- 24.5gr, yesterday and was pleasantly surprised. Loads shrunk by half or slightly more, going 1.3-1.7" at 100yds. Still not as good as I like to see, but my usual load of cfe223 and 75gr hpbt was not shooting nearly as well as it usually does, so I may ha e just been having an off day. I'm going to bump the charge weight up and see if things shrink up at all. I'm hoping I can get these working well.The loads aren't real speedy with the 23.8 averaging 2680 and the 24.0 average was 2720. I started out with these loads on the light side because there's ALOT of bullet stuffed down in the case to get these rounds to go through my AR magazine! With the bullets numbers and 2720 fps, it remains transonic to 910 yards, which isn't too bad at all.
I've found loading precision ammo on a progressive press to be extremely hit or miss, especially running the powder measure with anything other than ball powder and being able to load right in the middle of a node. Even more hit or miss if running the Dillon trimmer on the press because I get a good bit of shaved jackets if you don't chamfer if seating a bullet.8208, TAC and CFE. I only load 223 on a progressive press so it limits the powders I'll try. I'm also not a patient handloader willing to do voodoo, black magic or rain dances to get a bullet to shoot if it doesn't show promise early on. Someone with more dedication may very well be able to get them shooting.