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Is anyone using the heavier .223 bullets?

 
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Old 11-22-2008, 08:18 PM
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Is anyone using the heavier .223 bullets?

Specifically the 70-80 grain match bullets. I'm putting together a custom AR15 with 1:7.7" twist, 5.56 NATO match chamber. Was wondering about terminal effects and pelt damage.
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Old 11-22-2008, 10:07 PM
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Re: Is anyone using the heavier .223 bullets?

I use 75gr Hornady MHP's out of a 24", 7.7 twist, Lothar Walther bbl. Accuracy is great @ 1/4" to 1/2". Terminal effects depend on the specific batch of bullets. The hollow point tips on the first box of 600 bullets were very tight and hardly opened up at all. Very little pelt damage, but some tracking was often required. Most praire dogs that I hit even managed to go down the hole and die. The latest box of 600 have rather open tips and are moderately explosive on P-dogs. The last Coyote I hit tipped over without even a kick, and the exit hole was about 1/2 in diameter.
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Old 11-26-2008, 09:41 PM
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Re: Is anyone using the heavier .223 bullets?

Using the 75 hornady in 1/8 twist with Rl-15
shoots very well....
For saving the hides use the 60gr nos...
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Old 11-28-2008, 03:40 AM
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Re: Is anyone using the heavier .223 bullets?

I have an 8 twist Hart on mine and i'm using the JLK 65 Low Drag/old DPMS VLD magazine/3-9x PFI 22 Long Rifle Rapid Reticle, and have had good success with the setup to about 500 yds.
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Old 11-28-2008, 07:20 PM
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Re: Is anyone using the heavier .223 bullets?

I shoot 80 gn. bullets in my .22-6mm with an 8 twist and from what I see with it the 80 gn. bullets won`t open at .223 velociyies. The 75 Hornady HP`s should make a good choice for you as I blow them appart in the .22-6mm. I`ve thought about loading some for my AR, but I like the 55 gn. soft point I`m useing in it.
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Old 11-28-2008, 08:47 PM
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Re: Is anyone using the heavier .223 bullets?

My Dad shot his first with the 69 grain SMK last night out of his AR. Entrance hole was hard to find at all, exit hole maybe nickel sized max. DRT at 150 yards. We shoot these out of 1:8 twist Rock Rivers. Accuracy is 1/2 MOA easy.
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Old 11-29-2008, 02:23 PM
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Re: Is anyone using the heavier .223 bullets?

Great. Thanks guys. I'll give those 75 gr. Hornady's a try.
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