AR question

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by RyanG, Jan 1, 2012.

  1. RyanG

    RyanG Well-Known Member

    Nov 22, 2010
    Not sure this is the right place to ask this question or not... but here goes. My son has a Bushmaster AR it has a 24 inch barrel with a 1/9 twist with a free floated barrel. I am having trouble getting heaver bullets to group well. Using the 69 grain Sierra Matchkings it is shooting almost a 5 inch group at 100 yards, this is using Varget. It shoots about the same group using the 55 grain Noslers, and again with Varget. It will shoot a much tighter group using Benchmark and the 55ers. I still think that it should shoot much better. Under an inch at a 100 easily.

    I have the same rifle except my rifle has a 1/8 twist and a 20 inch barrel. My rifle shoots 1/4 inch at a 100 using just about any load with Varget and it doesnt shoot the Benchmark very well.

    My question is: Is Varget too slow burning for that longer barrel? And any suggestions on a faster burning powder to improve on the group size?
  2. bleeds blue

    bleeds blue Member

    Apr 25, 2011
    I have had great luck with Winchester 748 in all my .223 loads.

  3. lamiglas

    lamiglas Well-Known Member

    Mar 20, 2008
    I have a bushmaster varminter 24 in barrel with a 1/9 twist and I shoot the 69 smk with tac powder. My gun really likes this combination.
  4. Greyfox

    Greyfox Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2008
    Sounds like something is not right, 5" is way too big a group. I have a 1:9 twist Bushnell with a 20 inch HB. It shoots just about everything into an inch or so including my handload of 25 gr of Varget with a 69gr SMK. I also this load in my 24" Varmint AR, DPMS. It shoots .25" at 100. I don't think barrel length should make a difference using Varget.