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A good .223 Round??

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Unread 08-12-2009, 07:04 AM
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Re: A good .223 Round??

Personally my choice is the Hornaby 55grn SP with Vargant powder
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Unread 08-19-2009, 03:41 AM
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Re: A good .223 Round??

I use Fiocchi 50gr v-max in my Bushmaster Predator AR15 for Rabbit Hunting and they are excellent. I have also used Hornady 55gr v-max but the fiocchi are heaps cheaper and their doesn't seem to be any difference in accuracy.
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Unread 08-26-2009, 12:18 PM
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Re: A good .223 Round??

Guess ill be the odd one out here. I have had excellent success with the Sierra varminter HPs on everything from ground sqruirrels , to feral cats to large coyotes. My gun likes the 60gr HPs but I have a 1x9" twist. I bet the 55gr HPBT would work for you.
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Unread 08-27-2009, 05:55 AM
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Re: A good .223 Round??

Thanks formthe help only problem is restricted to max 55grn heads due to having both my Tikka T3 being 1 in 12 that includes my new Heavy Barrell version
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Unread 08-27-2009, 07:39 AM
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Re: A good .223 Round??

Originally Posted by rdsii64 View Post
I am on a quest for a general purpose .223 round. this round must work with a right hand 12 twist 24" barrel and both serve plinking duty and varmint killer duty. When performing varmint killer duty, shots will be no more than 300 yards.
I've had some awsome results with this load:

40gr Nosler Ballistic tip or 40gr Hornady V-MAX

24gr VihtaVuori N120.

2.260" OAL

Brass used was Winchester, with a Rem 71/2 primer.

This load has proved excellent for rabbits and fox out to 300m.

Chronographed at 3900fps muzzle from 26" barrel.

Quickload indicates 3800fps.

This is a hot load so I'd suggest starting at 22gr's and working your way up to 24gr.

Was developed by a friend originally for his 26" 1:12 Rem 700 but i have been using it through my 12" 1:14 Rem 700, incurring a reduction in muzzle velocity but still well over 3000fps.

Last edited by Love Gun; 08-28-2009 at 07:47 AM. Reason: added info
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Unread 08-30-2009, 12:46 AM
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Re: A good .223 Round??

The comments about the 223 being easy to reload for, were not overstated. This cartridge is well behaived and very accurate.

This past June my son and I used Rem 50gr HP bulk bullets, Benchmark powder, Rem Match Primers, and Surplus Mil LC brass on a pd shoot to SE WYO. We went thru over 1500 rds on the shoot. Both Rifles were Rem M700's Varmint rifles, and both shot sub 1/2 moa @ 100 yds.

My thinking was economically based, we wanted inexpensive ammo, but it had to be accurate. We were not disappointed. The only premium component we purchased were the primers and that is only because that was al that was availible.

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Unread 09-03-2009, 09:43 AM
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Re: A good .223 Round??

25.5 Gn H335 55gn Sierra meduim vel Blitz (Not BlitzKing) Has shot sub 1/2" groups in 4 out of 5 of the 223s that I've owned. The one it didn't shoot under 1/2" was a Mini 14 and it shoots at 1" with a cold barrel in the 14 (580 series.

Here's another load for 223 that duplicates a 22 Hornet for when you don't need all the horsepower: 10 gns 800X 40gn Sierra Blitzking. It shoots 3/4" groups out of my 700.

I sight in 1" high for the full boat load at 100yds and reduced load shoots dead on at that distance.

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