Re: Will 168gr SMK bullets stabilize?
All my 7mms have been 9 twist and I know for sure they will shoot the 168 Gr bullets very well.
To make a comparison here, the 264 factory rifles I have had, have 9 and 10 twist barrels (for whatever reason).
They shoot bullets up to 129 Gr. very well. After that weight, the accuracy falls off terrible. An 8 twist is the normal twist for use of the 140 to 155 gr 264 bullets.
It works the same with your 7mm. Most 7mm LR rifles are 9 to 9.25 twist or should be to stabilize the heavier bullets. I believe Hornady is correct.
[ 03-03-2002: Message edited by: Darryl Cassel ]