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14 twist wont stabilize 55 gr bullets

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Old 03-16-2013, 10:57 PM
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Re: 14 twist wont stabilize 55 gr bullets

In my experience I found the poly tipped bullets like the Ballistic Tip and V-Vax were too long to stablize in a 1-14 twist. In some guns they might be OK if you push them hard enough but I've had much better accuracy with bullets like the 52 BTHP, 53 HPM and the 55 FBHP.

The Ballistic Tips and V-Max are about .810 in length, the others mentioned above are .680 - .720 and shoot much better in my rifles.

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Old 03-16-2013, 11:17 PM
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Re: 14 twist wont stabilize 55 gr bullets

I have had experiences with several Remington VS SF 2 22-250's not shooting 55 gr bullets well. But we have been able to shoot 52 gr seirra HPBT great out of them. I think that if you are wanting to shoot a bullet in the 50gr range out of a remington with a 1:14 twist these bullets will do it. We push them with either benchmark or varget at about 3900fps.
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:17 AM
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Re: 14 twist wont stabilize 55 gr bullets

55 grain Hornady BT stabilize just fine in my 22-250 with a 14" twist. 3 shot groups at 100 yards you can cover with a dime.
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:55 AM
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Re: 14 twist wont stabilize 55 gr bullets

40.5gr H380 CCI250, 55gr Vmax

This load does 1 hole for me and no pressures at all. Plus their cheaper than the noslers and explosive as all get out.
Keep in mind the animals we shoot for food and display are not bullet proof. Contrary to popular belief, they bleed and die just like they did a hundred years ago. Being competent with a given rifle is far more important than impressive ballistics and poor shootability. High velocity misses never put a steak in the freezer.

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Old 03-17-2013, 12:14 PM
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Re: 14 twist wont stabilize 55 gr bullets

My Remington in .223N.M. shoots the Hornaday Vmax in the mid to low fours all day long with a 14 twist barrel. I'm going to try some 50 grain Vmax bullets in the very near future, but doubt they'll shoot anybetter than the 55's. I would say that a .25B/C is about it for a 14 twist barrel.
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Old 03-17-2013, 01:39 PM
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Re: 14 twist wont stabilize 55 gr bullets

I checked the Berger 55gr Varmint bullet (flat base) which is 0.75" long and at 3400fps is was just under 1 so unstable. At 3800fps it was 1.2 so marginally stable. It seems you would have to drive those bullets with a maximum load of the best powder (Hodgdon manual lists CFE 223 providing 3835fps at max). Finding a bullet with a shorter length or going down 1 step in weight should make things easier.
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Old 03-17-2013, 02:16 PM
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Re: 14 twist wont stabilize 55 gr bullets

Humm, I have to ask; why not stay with the one that works? If my rifle shot bts better than flat based, I'd shoot bts! LOL. Anyway, having said that, I shoot 55gr. Sierra Blitz Kings in my 223A.I. at the unbelievable velocity of 3600fps and they group as low as .228 and in the threes all day. I have a 26", 14 twist barrel and it's on an AR15. I'm sold on the Blitz Kings but I've also shot the Nosler Custom Competition 52 grainers and they shoot extremely well.
So, if it ain't broke, don't try to fix it; just shoot the bts and be happy!
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