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 reloading 69 gr smk with blc-2
Libilaw  [Member]
1/23/2011 5:11:00 AM
just wondering if anyone had a pet load with this combo? im new to reloading and have reloaded a couple hundred 55gr winchesters with ok results but it was not the accuracy that i was looking for( im shooting out of a 1:9 20 inch h-bar) i was also wondering if there is anything different to reloading the longer bullets as compared to the 55gr
MK402  [Member]
1/23/2011 8:24:49 AM
I used 25 grains blc-2 under 69smk's. LC08 brass br4 primers/2.255 col. I got decent results but switched to 25g varget for better accuracy. Be sure to work up from minimum load.
AeroE  [Moderator]
1/23/2011 9:51:59 AM
Originally Posted By Libilaw:
just wondering if anyone had a pet load with this combo? im new to reloading and have reloaded a couple hundred 55gr winchesters with ok results but it was not the accuracy that i was looking for( im shooting out of a 1:9 20 inch h-bar) i was also wondering if there is anything different to reloading the longer bullets as compared to the 55gr


Any bullet you try will shoot better than the Winchesters.

BL-C(2) is one of the old standbys for .223 Rem that has fallen out of favor, probably due to a reputation for high pressures during elevated ambient temperatures. I've use it one time, back when I started reloading, and there's nothing special, load it up using the usual process of starting with a load less than maximum.

dryflash3  [Moderator]
1/23/2011 10:25:03 AM


I'm a fan of BLC-2, shown here with 55 and 62 gr SS-109 handloads. Also works very well with 52 gr HP's.

Winchester makes the very worst 22 cal 55 gr FMJBT's. The accuracy is not there, as you discovered. Also the cannelure height is all over the place, and if you want to crimp, well it's a Pita.

Winchester makes good brass, but their 22 cal 55 gr FMJBT's bullets are lousy. Just look at the base of the bullet.

Try some Hornady 55 gr FMJBT's, these are the gold standard of 55 gr FMJBT's. Should give 1 inch 5 shot groups or close at 100 yds.


I tried BLC-2 with the 68 gr Hornady and 69 gr Sierra. 1 1/2 inch groups were not what I was looking for. I'm shooting a 1in 9 twist AR with a 3x9 scope.

Tried Varget, gave good accuracy, but it doesn't measure well from a powder measure, so gave up on it.

Next tried Re-15, and got good results, measured from a powder measure much better than Varget.

Then along came a new powder, IMR-8208 XBR. Now this powder measures very well and the accuracy is outstanding.

Bad groups go 3/4 inch, most go into 1/2 inch or less.

You will need a new reloading manual for data, or go the Hodgdon's website.

Be sure to work up your load which ever powder you use.

Good luck.
borderpatrol  [Member]
1/23/2011 11:44:39 AM
What weight charge did you use for 69 grain SMK's and XBR-8028? Where did you start at and how high did you go? What shot best for you?

For the OP, I never liked BL-C(2) and ended up throwing some of it out. I used probably 3 lbs. of a 5lb. container trying to get good accuracy before I became disgusted and chucked it. Other people have reported excellent results. I did notice it didn't even come close to shooting well untill I approached maximums. Even then it was a disappointment (for me).
FlashHole  [Team Member]
1/23/2011 12:09:12 PM
+1 for XBR

I too had little luck with BLC-2.

ETA..

23.8 grn XBR
WCC brass
2,812 fps

dryflash3  [Moderator]
1/23/2011 11:57:03 PM
Originally Posted By borderpatrol:
What weight charge did you use for 69 grain SMK's and XBR-8028? Where did you start at and how high did you go? What shot best for you?

For the OP, I never liked BL-C(2) and ended up throwing some of it out. I used probably 3 lbs. of a 5lb. container trying to get good accuracy before I became disgusted and chucked it. Other people have reported excellent results. I did notice it didn't even come close to shooting well until I approached maximums. Even then it was a disappointment (for me).


I won't list the load as it's slightly higher then the max listed at the Hodgdon site. (slightly = less than a grain)

The groups got better as I worked up.

I was using once fired Win brass, trimmed to 1.750, Rem 7 1/2, PP uniformed, FH deburred, OAL 2.250, no crimp.

Loaded on a Rockchucker with standard Hornady dies.