Barnes 168 lrxs needed

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  1. LaVec

    LaVec Member

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    Would anyone care to chime in regarding likelihood of my 10 twist Accumark with 24 inch bbl stabilizing the 168s? I know this was discussed a bit in 2015. I guess I won’t know if I don’t try but thought it would be better to ask first. Trying to work up a great load for elk in CO and I really like the BC of the 168s. BTW, my rig does well with the 160 TSXs but wanted to improve a bit on the BC which we all know helps out a lot past 300. If anyone has a few to sell,let me know.Thanks in advance for any advice!!
     
  2. loaders_loft

    loaders_loft Well-Known Member

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    It's not going to work, sorry. The 168 lrx needs an 8 twist no less. I spoke with folks at barnes recently, they are huge believers in the 139 LRX..

    By the way how is the 24" barrel on your stw? Velocity, muzzle blast etc. Compared to a 26" or better?
     
  3. Cinchy

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    I guess somebody needs to tell my Cooper with 1-9 twist it won`t shoot the Barnes 168 lrx? I have tried almost ever brand bullets & it seems to like the Barnes 168 best?
     
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  4. loaders_loft

    loaders_loft Well-Known Member

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    Maybe you're at higher altitude? I'm just above sea level.
     
  5. Cinchy

    Cinchy Well-Known Member

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    Nope Kansas is pretty flat to. Everything I have shot is in the 168 gr class , except the Sierra game changers that are 165 gr? Maybe I ought to give some of the lighter Barnes a try, to see how good this gun really shoots?
     
  6. LaVec

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    I’m sorry but have never chrono’d it and don’t have another to compare to. As I work up loads, I’ll try to share info with you. Thanks
     
  7. duckhunter175

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    Try the 145gr LRX! I've been shooting them in my 7RUM 1-9" with no problems.

    The 168LRX is only .086 longer than the 180gr Berger Hunting VLD but weighs 12gr less. I'm not a scientist but I know my 1-9 will stabilize those 180s so I'm tempted to try the 168LRX!
     
  8. LaVec

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    I’m debating whether I should bite the bullet(pun intended) and buy a box of the 168s or try to buy a few from someone here and potentially waste a few bucks rather than 37 bucks. I trust everyone’s advice against them in my slow twist rifle ,but then there’s the” you won’t know how they act in your rifle until you try”. Thanks again for all the great advice here!!
     
  9. lancetkenyon

    lancetkenyon Well-Known Member

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    The 168 LRXs have stabilized just fine in a few different 1:9" twist 7RMs I have loaded them in.
    And my 1:8.5" twist 7RM spins them very well also.
    I did not try them in my 1:9" .280AI, but the 145 LRX shoot awesome in it.
     
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  11. SeboCreek

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    Tried them in 280AI with 1:9 twist and could only stabilize pushing speed and pressure. 280 Cooper would not get enough speed to stabilize. Shot in McWhorter 1:9 7 STW and performed well, but again at upper range of load.
     
  12. LaVec

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    Well, I’m finally back on here and Chase at Barnes was nice enough to send me 10-12 of the 168 LRXs. Will load and send them down range in the next couple weeks. I will report my results. Happy 4th to everyone, especially our military past and present!!