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Unread 12-28-2009, 01:53 PM
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Re: 1-12 twist

The 52gr A-Max bullets shot better out of my Broughton 12 twist (.223) than any other bullet that I tried, including several match bullets. At thiis point I have only shot paper and don't know how they perform on varmints. I'll have to wait until the spring to provide some terminal performance reports on the A-Max.

I've had slightly better accuracy with Nosler B-Tips than with Hornady V-Max bullets but they both get the job done reliably.

All-in-all I killed more fat PA groundhogs with the Sierra 52gr HPBT bullet, launched from a 22-250, than with anything else. Groundhogs died instantly but were not "blown apart", if that's what your looking for.
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    If you're looking for "blown apart" lol. Try 52gr. Speer Jacketed HPs at around 3500 to 3750 fps. I shoot them out of my 22-250 and my 220 Swift. The accuracy load with both guns happened to be with these bullets. Although later, I found out that the 22-250 likes the bergers a tiny bit better lol; terminal performance isn't quite as good tho.
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    Re: 1-12 twist

    Speaking to a friend about bullets he stated that barnes 36gr were hard hitting and
    they blow up on impact, one shot at about 150yds on a coyote stop him in his tracks
    no exit wound........
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    Speaking to a friend about bullets he stated that barnes 36gr were hard hitting and
    they blow up on impact, one shot at about 150yds on a coyote stop him in his tracks
    no exit wound........
    I'm assuming that's the Varmint Grenade. How was accuracy, and velocity? And out of what caliber rifle?
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    Re: 1-12 twist

    Not sure of the velocity, rifle is a 223 and will shoot a 1" group most of the
    time less the shooter.........
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    Some tuff peramiters you set down for the perfect load.
    For sagerats I much prefer 27.5 of Tac and a 40 grain VMax but its loseing a lot of gas by 400 yards. Have taken a couple of rockchucks with this load but prefer a heavier bullet! (the 243 shootin 55s or 75s works great for chucks!).
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    Re: 1-12 twist

    Because of wind in our area and distance that shooting will be done the 52gr bullet looks to be a good choice for sage rats and the rockchucks same as woodchucks.....
    What are you thoughts, and have you shoot the 52's out of 223 ........
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