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Anyone shooting the BARNES XLC 50gr bullets in their .223 ULTRA? What powder and seating depth do they like?
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That would be up to you, most 223 Handi owners load to SAAMI recommended COLs, Barnes recommends .050" off the lands with all of their X-bullets, and doesn't list COLs for any of their loads, that doesn't help much in the deep throated H&R .223 barrels, there's no reaching the lands until you get up in the 70+gr bullets for the most part, which don't shoot in the 1:12" barrels, and most 1:9" barrels don't do well with them either. :-\

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I got to do a little shooting this morning with my .223 ULTRA. I likes the BARNES Bullet pretty good. Mere is my accuracy load.
WW Brass trimmed to 1.75
RP 7 1/2 BR primers
H-335 24.0 gr
COL 2.260

Three shots at 100 yard can be covered with a dime. Probably could fine tune the seating depth and do a little better but why bother.
 

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I don't own a chrony. It was the starting load for H-335 with the 50gr bullet in the HODGDON manual. The 25.0 & 26gr three shot group did not group as well.
 

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I just looked at the HODGDON manual and it listed the 50gr bullet a 3,1660 not sure about the FPS with the BARNES coated bullets. I have heard that you might gain 150 to 200 FPS with these coated bullets. I just go with the tightest group and load from there.
I'm not looking to burn out a barrel, just hunting accuracy, and bullet performance. These ought to handle anything from groundhog, fox, coyote, and even whitetail deer given the right shot placement and yardage.
 

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The Barnes #3 shows the 50gr XLC data for H335 as 22.5gr start at 2869fps, 26.5gr max at 3368fps from their 24" test barrel.

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