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Barnes 224 caliber TSX - bad groups

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Unread 02-06-2006, 01:30 AM
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Re: Barnes 224 caliber TSX - bad groups


Thank you for replying. I had the same thoughts for the 223 load, I have a 13 yr old daughter and wanted a super accurate / low recoil round for her to take her first deer with. Plus, the wife doesn't like even a 243 level boom/recoil.

At least I am not the only one with bad groups, like I wrote in the original post, I have heard that these bullets are finicky, so I am not that surprised... just to see the variance though, that got my attention. I could probably live with 1.5" but 4" no bueno. My next thought is the Trophy bonded or Partition bullets.

My barrel has a 1-12 twist, so 60 gr Partitions maybe pushing it.

Please let me know what you settled on and what you might recommend.

Remington 25-06 - thanks for your response. I have a 25-06 that shoots factory loaded 115 gr, CT B-Tips very well, so had not looked to the TSX with it. As mentioned above, it is reassuring to hear that I am not the only one that has had problems!

EZ Shooter
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Unread 02-06-2006, 02:10 PM
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Re: Barnes 224 caliber TSX - bad groups

No problem. My 25-06 loves the 115g btips or ctbtips. Its my favorite bullet out of 25-06's. Very accurate out to 600 yards, and still packs a nice wallop for coyotes and mule deer.
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Unread 02-07-2006, 01:09 AM
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Re: Barnes 224 caliber TSX - bad groups

EZ Shooter, I usually start my loads .050 of the lands. I go as close as .030 (never closer), and out as much as .100+. There is usually a sweet spot somewhere in there. I've never had the huge groups that some are talking about. I question twist rate, velocity, etc. TSX bullets shoot best at max pressure. Good luck.
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