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223 Remington / History:
Centerfire Rifle Cartridges
Written by: Kim Lockhart, Copyright.

223 Remington:
 The 223 Remington was introduced to the public as a commercial cartridge by Remington in January 1964 chambered in their Remington model 700 bolt action rifle. One month later in February 1964 this same cartridge was officially standardized by the U.S. military as the 5.56mm ball cartridge M193 and is used in ar15's, m16's and m4 autoloading rifles. Several years later this cartridge was accepted by NATO as the 5.56x45 NATO cartridge. Many years of testing and development were required to produce this cartridge, the actual name .223 Remington was given to this cartridge in 1959, prior to 1959 this cartridge was known as the .222 Special.

 The 223 Remington is one of the top varmint and predator rounds in the United States. The 223 Remington is a light recoiling cartridge, easy to reload and fun to shoot and with so many variations of rifle action types, rifling twist rates, surplus ammo, range brass, bulk bullets, the .223 Remington will remain at the top of the sales charts for a very long time. With so many states allowing .22" caliber centerfire rifle cartridges for big game hunting, Winchester ammunition now produces .223 Remington Deer and Hog loadings with 64 grain bullets in their Power Core, Power Max, Power Point and Razorback loads. These loads seem to work more than adequately out to 100 yards for thin skinned big game animals such as whitetail deer which overall adds to the versatility of 223 Remington chambered rifles.


223 Remington / Specifications:
Rifle:
Barrel Length - 24".
Bore Twist Rate And Bullet Weight Compatability -
1 in 14" = 35 - 50 grain.
1 in 12" = 35 - 55 grain.
1 in 10" = 40 - 60 grain.
1 in 9" = 50 - 70 grain.
1 in 8" = 60 - 80 grain.
1 in 7" = 70 - 90 grain.
Bore Groove Diameter - .224".
Cartridge:
Bullet Diameter - .224".
Primer Size - Small Rifle.
Case Neck Diameter - .253".
Case Shoulder Diameter - .354".
Case Base Diameter - .376".
Case Rim Diameter - .378".
Maximum Case Length - 1.760".
Trimmed Case Length - 1.750".
Maximum Overall Length - 2.260".
Ammunition:
223 Remington
Cartridge
Manufacturer
Bullet
Weight
Grains
Bullet
Ballistic
Coefficient
Bullet
Muzzle
Velocity
Fps.
Bullet
Muzzle
Energy
Ft. lbs.
8.5 lb. Rifle,
Recoil
Energy
Ft. lbs.
Hornady 35 .177 4,000 1,243 2.30
Black Hills 36 .149 3,750 1,124 2.24
Hornady 40 .200 3,800 1,282 2.66
Federal 43 .151 3,600 1,237 2.72
Winchester 45 .185 3,600 1,295 2.86
Winchester 50 .238 3,410 1,291 3.15
Nosler 52 .220 3,250 1,219 3.12
Hornady 53 .290 3,465 1,413 3.44
Hornady 55 .245 3,275 1,310 3.42
Hornady 60 .264 3,090 1,272 3.59
Federal 62 .307 3,020 1,255 3.64
Winchester 64 .257 3,020 1,296 3.78
Black Hills 68 .355 2,850 1,227 3.79
Remington 69 .336 3,000 1,379 4.24
Hornady 75 .395 2,930 1,429 4.56
Federal 77 .372 2,720 1,265 4.30

223 Remington / Hunting Applications:
 This is a down range trajectory chart for the 223 Remington cartridge with the scope mounted 1.5 inches above the bore center line plus if you were using this load, its effective hunting bullet energy range with well placed shots on;
Varmint / Predator: Such As, Bobcat, Cougar, Coyote.
Deer Size Game: Such As, Antelope, Blacktail Deer, Hogs, Javelina, Mule Deer, Whitetail Deer, Small Black Bear.
Elk Size Game: Such As, Caribou, Large Black Bear, Sheep, Goats, Muskox, Elk.
Moose Size Game: Such As, Brown Bear, Grizzly Bear, Polar Bear, Buffalo, Bison, Moose.
Bullet diameter .224".
Bullet weight 64 grains.
Bullet ballistic coefficient .257.
Bullet muzzle velocity 3,020 feet per second.
Bullet muzzle energy 1,296 foot pounds.
Range 100 Yds. 200 Yds. 300 Yds. 400 Yds. 500 Yds.
Bullet Trajectory + 1.0" - 1.2" - 9.9" - 27.3" - 56.4"
Bullet Energy 1,003 765 574 423 309
Varmint / Predaor + + + + -
Deer Size Game - - - - -
Elk Size Game - - - - -
Moose Size Game - - - - -

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