Re: 8\" or 9\" Twist for .223 ?
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Have you thought about maybe going with the 1-8.5 twist. I was in the same dilemma with 6x284 project. Some were suggesting a 1-8 twist and others were recommending a 1-9 twist. So, I decide on what barrel I was going to use, I called Krieger and told them what bullets I would be using, and they told me the 1-8.5 twist would work perfect. If I were you, I would call the barrel maker and ask for their advice.
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I'm going for a factory rifle. If it was to be custom it would be a different story as you mention. So far from what everybody has been telling me on 4 different forums is to go for the 8 twist, which gives me a lot more possibilities. And at that twist I'd end up with a Tikka. I haven't yet found anything else with an 8" twist. I was looking at another one but it's rate is 9". I do like Tikka though since I already have one, but am open to other options if and when found.
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