Originally Posted by rdsii64
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.
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.