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Old 12-10-2011, 12:26 PM
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.223 varmint bullet, 1-9 twist, will it fail?

A friend is thinking about purchasing a sporter length .223 bolt action and he wants to use it for woodchucks as far out as he can shoot it. Guessing 250 yards with sufficient terminal velocity for a humane kill.

He is going to want to use a varmint bullet (lead or polymer tip) in the range of 50 or 55 grains. The gun he is considering buying has a 1-9 twist rate.

At max loads do you think the twist is too fast and will the bullet break apart in flight? How fast do you think he can push it.

Bullet suggestions appreciated as well.

Any input is appreciated.

Much thanks.

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A friend is thinking about purchasing a sporter length .223 bolt action and he wants to use it for woodchucks as far out as he can shoot it. Guessing 250 yards with sufficient terminal velocity for a humane kill.

He is going to want to use a varmint bullet (lead or polymer tip) in the range of 50 or 55 grains. The gun he is considering buying has a 1-9 twist rate.

At max loads do you think the twist is too fast and will the bullet break apart in flight? How fast do you think he can push it.

Bullet suggestions appreciated as well.

Any input it appreciated.

Much thanks.
I'd start out with a 60 grain bullet if it were me. They Hornaday Vmax should work just fine as well. Somewhere around 3100 fps would be a good starting point (27.0 grains of BLC2 with a 60 grain bullet = 3050fps)
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Re: .223 varmint bullet, 1-9 twist, will it fail?

I hunt whitetails with a .223. Longest shot I have taken is in the 200yd range, the deer fell in its tracks.

My rifles in .223 for hunting are a Ruger M77 in stainless - not sure which MK model, probably II. The other is a Rock River Arms Coyote with a 20" barrel. I use off the shelf ammo, usually 55grn ballistic tips. I've been using 55grn soft points since getting the RR as I wasn't sure if the ballistic tips would feed properly.

For woodchuck sized game, a .223 will be more than sufficient. Not sure I would bother with reloading either. Hornady Custom loads come out at about 3100FPS and group wonderfully for my RR.

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Re: .223 varmint bullet, 1-9 twist, will it fail?

The new Hornady V-max 53gn is a good bullet to 500yds. Load'em and shoot'em.

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Re: .223 varmint bullet, 1-9 twist, will it fail?

I have a 1 in 9" twist .223. No, those projectiles will not come apart. I however did not have any quick success in developing accurate loads with the lighter projectiles as my rifle prefers 65 and 69 grain weights.

I have found the Nosler 69 HPBT competition match (bulk pack) projectiles extremely frangible on rabbits and foxes compared to the Sierra 65 SptBt which I use for game up to 40kg in weight.
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Re: .223 varmint bullet, 1-9 twist, will it fail?

You'll be fine. I ran 40Vmax's in my 1-8"twist 22-250 and they held together just fine.
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I hunt whitetails with a .223. Longest shot I have taken is in the 200yd range, the deer fell in its tracks.

My rifles in .223 for hunting are a Ruger M77 in stainless - not sure which MK model, probably II. The other is a Rock River Arms Coyote with a 20" barrel. I use off the shelf ammo, usually 55grn ballistic tips. I've been using 55grn soft points since getting the RR as I wasn't sure if the ballistic tips would feed properly.

For woodchuck sized game, a .223 will be more than sufficient. Not sure I would bother with reloading either. Hornady Custom loads come out at about 3100FPS and group wonderfully for my RR.

Matt N
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