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Old 01-03-2006, 07:43 PM
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long range .223 anyone?

I have a friend who shoots with me a lot and has been watching the progress of my 6.5/.284 come around.He loves the .223 and is wondering if anyone has shot them out to 800 yards and if so what bullet weight, twist, powder would be a good place to start? thanks trb0
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Old 01-03-2006, 09:11 PM
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Re: long range .223 anyone?

When wind allows, the .223 can be amazing out past 800. (At least on Pdogs.) I shoot a 24" 1 in 9 twist with 75 gr A-MaX's as fast as possible. Trajectory resembles the .308 Win with a 168 match. This isn't flat, but it is accurate. Using 55 grain Nosler BT's the rifle will easily handle 650 yards or so.
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Old 01-03-2006, 09:21 PM
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Re: long range .223 anyone?

Certainly people shoot long range with a .223. It is a good little round to learn all the fundamentals of long range shooting at a very reasonable price to shoot. It will teach you about wind drift (BIG TIME) as well as all the other aspects, ranging, dialing, judging wind, temperature effects on the velocity and POI.

Long range is a term that applies to the outer limits of any cartridge. Long range for a .223 could be around 600-700 and maybe a little furthur but to a .30-338/378 long range might mean 1300 to 1500+.

I would say that 800 is possibly doable but you have to watch the supersonic/subsonic barrier. Bullets loose stability VERY rapidly after they go subsonic (about 1100fps I think).

I would suggest he uses the highest BC bullet that he can stabilize with the twist that he has. Maybe try the 105gr Amax. I have heard good things about this bullet and it should have the weight/BC to go the distance if he can stabilize it.

Good luck and burn lots of powder!
I shoot 1/4 inch groups at a 1000 yards. That is...till my second shot.
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Old 01-03-2006, 09:33 PM
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Re: long range .223 anyone?

I have shot my 223 factory savage barrel 9 twist 75 grain a-max and 24.0 varget 2750 FPS out to a 1000 yards. The 223 will shoot out to a 1000 yards very much the same as a 308. I have killed at least 15 or more groundhogs out to 650 with this combination. You can shoot the .223 long range, drops like a rock but very constinant and accurate. Good Luck
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Old 01-03-2006, 10:29 PM
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Re: long range .223 anyone?

What is the bullet droup on the 223 at 500 , 600, 700 , 800, 900, 1000. yards ?

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Old 01-04-2006, 07:28 PM
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Re: long range .223 anyone?

I have to get out my charts but it drops around 10 moa at 500 yards with my load
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Old 01-05-2006, 12:27 AM
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Re: long range .223 anyone?

I am having GAP build a 1/8 .223 for me as we speak. When I get it I will post results. I already have my 77 grain SMK and Noslers loaded up as well as some 75 grain Hornady BTHP's.

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