Reloading the .223

The .223 caliber has evolved from the battlefield AR-15 platform to popular sporting use in varmint and predator hunting, match competition, and all-around plinking fun. Reloading for the .223 is easy and there are a number of great powder choices. Where is the best place to start? 

The Hodgdon Reloading Data Center (RDC) lists 21 different powder types that can be used in the .223. All these powders are appropriate in the listed loads. However, if you are new to the .223 the choices can be overwhelming. Here is a quick guide to help you get started.

VARMINT Loads
(light weight, fast velocity)
MILITARY Duplicate LoadsHEAVY Bullet Loads 
H332®
Benchmark
IMR 8208 XBR
CFE 223
Varget®
Winchester 748
BL-C(2)
H335
IMR 4198
H322®
H4895 
CFE 223
Varget®
IMR 4895
IMR 8208 XBR
BL-C(2)