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    I've about had it trying to get Varget to meter consistently through my 550. I used to be able to do it when dropping 43 grains for 7.62x54R, but its not working for lighter charges in .223. Anyone have recommendations for ball powder?

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    Have you tried H335? While not a ball powder per se, I have had better results with it metering than Varget. I have also had good luck with IMR 4198.

    Both powders meter well for my .223 loads in both my Hornady standard and my Redding 3BR.....
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      I've reloaded probably close to 10k rounds of .223 the last few years and H335 is my powder of choice.
      Steve

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      • #4
        Winchester 748 was the choice of powder I used when I was into reloading 5.56mm/.223. I have friends reloading with varget powder, so let me ask them if they have any suggestions.

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        • #5
          Thanks, I'll give 748, H335, and IMR4198 a try.

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          • #6
            the Dillon drop works for volume, not precision. Those who want accurate drops on their Dillon press set up a Hornady powder drop system.

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            • #7
              All I could find was BL-C(2) and H4198 (as opposed to IMR4198). I had the BL-C(2) flowing consistently in less than 5 minutes. As long as it shoots well I think I'm done here. Thanks for the responses.

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              • #8
                Ramshot TAC is my 5.56 go to powder now. It is cheaper than most others and has some killer velocity's.
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