I thought I would try this bullet out in my .222 rem. I am wanting more of a "pop" out of my .222, that is more often found in the the 22-250 or swift. As I understand it, these thin jacketed, lightly constructed Hornday SX's are just the ticket for rapid expansion out of smaller cased .224's like the .222 and .223.
Intended targets are anything from squirrels, rabbits, and coyotes. Anyone have any experience with these bullets and out of what caliber/velocity?? Hoping there as accurate as the plastic tipped bullets I"ve been shooting. I"ll be experiemtning with IMR-4198 and 4895 for powders, hopefully around 3100fps and at least .5" at 100 yards.
Ha ha screech, thank goodness my coyotes aren't as tough as yours. I think the 55g sx ought to work on coyotes, I dont see why it wouldn't. Just wanted to hear some insight on the bullet...
I usually use, well whatever I have loaded up I guess. I dont really have a standby bullet for anything. I try to use them all so I can base my own opinion and findings for myself [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img] I figure thats the best way to go about things usually.
I've never used anythign but vmax or NBT's in my varmint rifles, so I'm a little interested to see how these work out. Hopefully there as accurate, there BC isn't to horribly bad either compared to the 55g plastic tip bullets. The best thing is, there only $12.49 per 100 at Bi-Mart, whoo hoo!! 55g NBT's are like $17 per 100, ouch! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img]
Having used a couple thousand 55SPSXs I have found them to be easier to work up a load for and cheaper than a plastic tip bullet.However they dont fly as well past 400 yards and are not quite as explosive as a plastic tip.
They do a great job of killing prairie dogs inside of 300 yards!!!
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Awesome price definetly worth a try. 3 weeks ago I was in Baker with my pals shooting at the range. Alen was fireforming his 223 ackley with the 55sxts. Check this out, he has a 1-8 twist for the heavier bullets i cant remember his load. BUT half of them werent making it to the target. When he tried the v-max's no problem. Went back the the sxt's they would come apart. With such a radical twist I'm guessing that was too many RPM's for their thin jacket? I bet its just the twist rate.
I've read/heard from many people not to push them much past 3600fps, so that pretty much takes the 22-250 and swift out of use. But yah I'm sure the 1 in 8" twist 223 AI was definately hard on them thin jackets. Probly at that upper limit for velocity as well. I have an old friend who said he shot them out of his swift as well, and he said 75% of them would end up in a poof of smoke. I figure I'll give them a try for a little bit. I figure for anything a .222 is killing, these bullets cant be that much different then a plastic tip.
There an awkward looking bullet to me. They are flat base, lead soft point, but with like a pinhole hollowpoint on top.
Next bullet I might try is the Speer 50g TNT. Anyone have any experience with this particular bullet?? There in the same price range as the SX, only bout $1 more. Might be worth a try at .222 velocities??