Accurate and hard hitting

Discussion in 'Varmint Hunting' started by Nomad, Mar 22, 2009.

  1. Nomad

    Nomad Banned

    Jul 1, 2007
    Looking for a hard hitting load for for a 223 rem to shoot sage rats and chucks
    40 -55gr bullets shooting an 1-12 twist. Shooting open desert country, some
    of the area burned off a couple of years ago....
  2. jerrschmitt

    jerrschmitt Well-Known Member

    Feb 28, 2009
    I've been using the Hornady 50 gr. VMAX over a near max load of H322. Before that, I used the 50 SX with a stiff load of BLC. Just about any of the major brand bullets work well.

  3. johnnyk

    johnnyk Well-Known Member

    Dec 24, 2001
    My most accurate load in the Savage 110FP .223 (1-9") that I used to own was 26.5gn of W748, Rem brass and 6.5 primer. OAL was 1.8865" (that's ogive to case base). Accuracy was .136" for 3 shots @ 100yds. 25.5 came in a close second @ .162". JohnnyK.
  4. Sharon Tate

    Sharon Tate Member

    Feb 7, 2009
    You can try the 50-vmax's with :
    Hodgdon H335 @ 25.0 grn. -or- Vihtaviori N-133 @ 23.5 grn.
    Neither loads are maxed-out on the Vel. so there is a ( little bit ) of upward Vel. to push . but see how it Groups with 3250 -3300 fps 1st before pushing it up
    I shoot both loads from two 1 in 9-twist and one, 1 in 10-twist barrels. , 2 of the barrels are 24-inches long .
    Your barrel is 1 in 12" twist but it is still going to be close in the handloading with 9 & 10 twist barrels shooting the 50 grn. bullets .
  5. 436

    436 Well-Known Member

    Mar 22, 2009
    You might try, Barners Burners (code 1199-1B) Ref; as Barnes 50gr VLC with {29.0grs} of Win 748, primer WSR giving you a vel of 3420 fps from a 24 inch barrel.
  6. emillioaldrich

    emillioaldrich Member

    Dec 26, 2008
    Ive got an r700 .223 20" bbl 1:12

    Excellent results with the 50gr Barnes VGs and benchmark within 450yards- after that you REALLY have to dope the wind. My pet load for the gun is 53gr sierra hpfb and 24.8 of benchmark. It avgs .3 for 5 shot @100 and 3" at 350-from a bone stock gun. I feel like I won the lottery. Varmint Grenades are devastating with almost explosion on impact while the hollow points create nice neat entry holes and large exits.

    I found that .2 grains was the difference in .38" and .077" 3 shot groups at 100 yds. You have to be really patient while testing to find your Jedi magic load.

    Good luck!