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Anybody use CFE223 for 55gr FMJ .223?
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Author:  Barfly [ Thu Nov 12, 2020 8:01 pm ]
Post subject:  Anybody use CFE223 for 55gr FMJ .223?

I have 4lbs of CFE223 powder, which I have never used and do not have any load data for in my Lee book.

Have any of you used this powder/bullet combo with success?

Author:  Schoolboy [ Thu Nov 12, 2020 8:13 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Anybody use CFE223 for 55gr FMJ .223?

Given my rifle, and my skill level, I've had decent results with cfe223 and hornady 55's. The full thread is here... https://www.waguns.org/viewtopic.php?f=74&t=113366

Author:  MadPick [ Thu Nov 12, 2020 9:58 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Anybody use CFE223 for 55gr FMJ .223?

You can use the Hodgdon Reloading Data Center for all Hodgon powders, including this one: https://www.hodgdonreloading.com/

Author:  sportsdad60 [ Mon Nov 16, 2020 6:32 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Anybody use CFE223 for 55gr FMJ .223?

55 grain rounds with CFE223 work great with 1/8 barrel twist or better.
Avoid 55 grain with 1/7 twist rate common with Newer Colt AR15s. My Colt LE6920 with a 1/7 twist hates 55 gr rounds The Colt loves 62 grain rounds its very accurate.

Now, the wifes AR15, .223 Wilde, has a 1/8 twist. It loves 55 grain boolits.

Author:  catfishmoon [ Wed Nov 18, 2020 3:29 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Anybody use CFE223 for 55gr FMJ .223?

Barfly wrote:
I have 4lbs of CFE223 powder, which I have never used and do not have any load data for in my Lee book.

Have any of you used this powder/bullet combo with success?


I have not used CFE223 yet, but I am also hoping it works well in my rifle. I have read many people's endorsement of the combination you mentioned... The last few weeks I have increased my powder stockpile with CFE 223 and H335. I would hate to see powder become scarce like primers, so I am erring on the side of caution.

Author:  Schoolboy [ Wed Nov 18, 2020 9:20 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Anybody use CFE223 for 55gr FMJ .223?

We might need a new new thread for members to post their best group using cfe223 and a 55gr projectile recipes.

Author:  Caveman Jim [ Wed Nov 18, 2020 10:50 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Anybody use CFE223 for 55gr FMJ .223?

Nope, not a good combo at all brother, sell it to mee at a reduced rate... icon_eek icon_eek icon_eek

Seriously speaking though, I’ve been using CFE223 for a few years, it works for plinking but do not expect match bullet results with 55g FMJ’s. I’m not one who measures my plinking groups but I can hit the 6” gong 30 out of 30 rounds at Evergreen sportsman club with them. Good nuff for me I recon.

Good luck on your quest for excellence. :wink05:

Author:  Barfly [ Fri Nov 20, 2020 5:31 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Anybody use CFE223 for 55gr FMJ .223?

Thanks for the i fo guys. Going to get some loaded up this weekend and see jow i like it.

Author:  hartcreek [ Sat Nov 21, 2020 2:06 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Anybody use CFE223 for 55gr FMJ .223?

You will like the CFE223 just fine. I have six powders that I use for .223 with equal accuracy. For fine grained powder I use my Auto Drum for kernals I use my Lyman 55 to throw the charge and then set the charged cartride into the right spot in my Lee Loadmaster and crank the handle. The finer grains just allow me to work the press a bit faster.

Author:  ViniVidivici [ Sun Nov 22, 2020 12:35 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Anybody use CFE223 for 55gr FMJ .223?

I've never used it, but it's known to be a good one. Very common.

Author:  JTso [ Fri Dec 04, 2020 2:59 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Anybody use CFE223 for 55gr FMJ .223?

I've been using CFE223 (27.8gr) for a few years with Hornady 55gr FMJ on ARs with good results. Recently I tried it on my new Savage bolt action 22" 1/7 with the exact same load but seated the bullet a little further out. It can easily print 1" or under at 100yds.

Author:  SteelHeadTed [ Mon Jan 04, 2021 6:35 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Anybody use CFE223 for 55gr FMJ .223?

how old is your Lee manual? CFE223 is in the second edition.

I'm a pretty new reloader but wasn't CFE223 specifically designed for .223/5.56 reloading? Is there something about it that folks have found make it less than ideal for 223?

Author:  Schoolboy [ Mon Jan 04, 2021 10:06 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Anybody use CFE223 for 55gr FMJ .223?

SteelHeadTed wrote:
how old is your Lee manual? CFE223 is in the second edition.

I'm a pretty new reloader but wasn't CFE223 specifically designed for .223/5.56 reloading? Is there something about it that folks have found make it less than ideal for 223?


The only down side that I'm aware of its not as temp stable when compared to varget/xbr/h4895.

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