Loading .223 with TAC & Hornady 55 GR V-Max #22716

06/08/19 – Below are my results:

Rifle: AR-15 with a 16” FN barrel, 1/7 twist and a YHM Phantom QD suppressor.
Powder: Ramshot TAC
Bullets: Hornady 55 gr V-Max (P/N 22716)
Primers: WSR
COL & Crimp: 2.250” with light taper crimp
Cases: Mixed LC brass trimmed to 1.750”
Conditions: 84 deg F, partly cloudy, humid

Load Data*
Ramshot: Start 22.2 gr (2909 fps) and Max 24.7 gr (3179 fps) – 24″, 1/12, WSR
Hornady (9th Ed.): Start 21.5 gr (2800 fps) – Max 24.7 gr (3200 fps) – 26”, 1/12, WSR

Note * – Always verify load data for yourself, starting low and working up in safe increments. Published data varies from source-to-source, and subject to typos and transposing errors. Additionally, internet posts such as this are someone’s personal experience.

Here were my results, 5 shots each at 50 yds:
23.2 gr – Avg 2673, ES 69, SD 28, 0.525”
23.5 gr – Avg 2717, ES 111, SD 39, 1.080”
23.8 gr – Avg 2775, ES 86, SD 33, 0.870”
24.1 gr – Avg 2781, ES 81, SD 32, 0.850”
24.4 gr – Avg 2874, ES 94, SD 45, 1.185”
24.7 gr – Avg 2914, ES 57, SD 29, 0.760”
25.0 gr – Avg 2939, ES 65, SD 28, 0.730”
25.0 gr – Avg 2930, ES 96, SD 35, 0.860”

A few observations:

  • My best load (IMO) was 25.0 gr which produced a five shot group of 3/4” at 50 yds with an average speed of 2935. I think I will load it at 24.9 in the future.
  • Ball powder meters very well. And burns clean, even shooting suppressed.

DISCLAIMER
The load data contained above was developed using specific components. Other components may not produce equivalent pressure or velocities; therefore, it is recommended that the user be familiar with the basic rules of reloading safety. If you choose to use any load data above, you are using at your own risk.
Always verify load data for yourself, starting low and working up in safe increments. Published data varies from source-to-source, and subject to typos and transposing errors. Additionally, internet posts such as this are someone’s personal experience. My recommendation is that you should always consult at least three sources of manufacturer’s ammunition and/or powder reloading data before reloading your own ammunition.

Loading .223 with WC-844 & Hornady 55 GR V-Max #22716

06/09/19 – Below are my results:

Rifle: AR-15 with a 16” FN barrel, 1/7 twist and a YHM Phantom QD suppressor.
Powder: WC-844
Bullets: Hornady 55 gr V-Max (P/N 22716)
Primers: WSR
COL & Crimp: 2.250” with light taper crimp
Cases: Mixed LC brass trimmed to 1.750”
Conditions: 75 deg F, cloudy, humid

Load Data*
Hodgdon (Sim H335, using SPR SP): Start 23.0 gr (3018 fps) and Max 25.3 gr (3203 fps) – 24″, 1/12, WSR

Note * – Always verify load data for yourself, starting low and working up in safe increments. Published data varies from source-to-source, and subject to typos and transposing errors. Additionally, internet posts such as this are someone’s personal experience.

Here were my results, 5 shots each at 50 yds:
24.1 gr – Avg 2772, ES 75, SD 30, 0.725”
24.4 gr – Avg 2782, ES 81, SD 36, 1.000”
24.7 gr – Avg 2861, ES 128, SD 46, 1.370”
25.0 gr – Avg 2913, ES 127, SD 49, 0.750”
25.3 gr – Avg 2932, ES 45, SD 19, 1.320”
25.5 gr – Avg 2954, ES 85, SD 39, 1.350”

A few observations:

  • My best load (IMO) was 25.0 gr which produced a five shot group of 3/4” at 50 yds with an average speed of 2913.
  • Ball powder meters very well. And burns clean, even shooting suppressed.

DISCLAIMER
The load data contained above was developed using specific components. Other components may not produce equivalent pressure or velocities; therefore, it is recommended that the user be familiar with the basic rules of reloading safety. If you choose to use any load data above, you are using at your own risk.
Always verify load data for yourself, starting low and working up in safe increments. Published data varies from source-to-source, and subject to typos and transposing errors. Additionally, internet posts such as this are someone’s personal experience. My recommendation is that you should always consult at least three sources of manufacturer’s ammunition and/or powder reloading data before reloading your own ammunition.

Trigger Control: More important than you think

http://handguncombatives.blogspot.com/2015/09/trigger-control-more-important-than-you.html

The hand is a sympathetic organism; what one finger does, the rest will do, which makes it difficult to isolate the trigger finger. The most common mistake shooters make is squeezing the whole hand instead of just the trigger finger, which is why competitors like short-trigger actions.

The “dipping” caused by whole hand convulsion, is often attributed to anticipating recoil or “pre-ignition push,” which I believe is true for new shooters. However, once it’s realized they can control the gun’s recoil, I believe experienced shooters shoot to 7 o’clock (right hand) or 5 o’clock (left hand) because they’re trying to fight how their hand wants to function, i.e. the whole hand squeezing as one unit.