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Unread 08-06-2009, 01:19 PM
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I'll ask the experts

That's you guys by the way . I just picked up a .223 with 1 in 9 twist. What weight bullet is a good place to start with that rate? I know the 1 in 14s usually start around 55 gr or so. I know in .22 lr that 1.9 is needed to keep the 60 gr bullets from tumbling quickly. So I'm thinking 60 to 70 is a good rate for this but I don't know for sure.

I'm sure some of you long range guys are shooting .223 at least occasionally and I thought I'd come here for some good advice.


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    Unread 08-08-2009, 02:31 PM
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    Re: I'll ask the experts

    The 69gr Matchking wouldbe a good place to start.
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    Unread 08-08-2009, 02:37 PM
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    Any of the lighter bullets (40-55gr) should shoot just fine, with the caveat that you might not want to push the really light ones to max velocity through a fast(ish) twist barrel. The 68-70gr bullets should shine as far as a combination of accuracy and down-range performance in the wind. Depending on the rifle, some folks have gotten the Hornady 75gr A-Max to stabilize in a 1-9 tw. barrel, but that seems to be a little hit or miss - depends on the gun. Anything heavier/ longer than that, and you're going to want to get a faster (1-8, or 1-7 tw) barrel on there.
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    Unread 08-08-2009, 03:40 PM
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    Re: I'll ask the experts

    I had outstanding accuracy with 55 and 69 gn bullets with that twist .223. JohnnyK.
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