- Oct 24, 2007
- South Central, CO
Agreed. The 20 Practical is an excellent caliber that deserves more attention than it gets, and for someone who already had/has several .223's with large amounts of brass on hand, it just made sense. A few years ago before all the recent craziness began, I could buy 1,000 pcs of FBI indoor range, once fired all Federal .223 brass for $30. That brass was extremely clean, polished and in excellent shape. Perfect for necking to 20P and other usages.I have two 20 practicals. I also have a 204 ruger but it sits and the 20 practicals get used. Cheap brass is the biggest advantage, it’s so simple to neck down 223 that forming is a non issue. The 20P and 204 are pretty much identical in performance but putting together 1000 rounds of 20P is much cheaper.
Forget 32 grainers and shoot the 40 vmax or 39 sierras. An 11 twist barrel with them is the way to go, 3700 fps gives a trajectory that matches a 22-250 with less recoil and both mine are stunningly accurate. I prefer the 39 sierras but they’ve been unobtainable the last 3 years. I wish Sierra would get their act together.
Mine are built on bighorn origin actions with criterion varmint contour barrels I spin on myself. Incredibly sweet shooting rifles.
Over the years and on different ranges, I have picked up several 5 gal buckets of 223 and 5.56 brass that using calibers based on that case just makes sense.