Bullet type suggestions


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dae06
December 25, 2008, 05:59 AM
I plan on starting to reload two types of rounds. I would like all suggestions the type of bullet I should buy for these.

The first round will be for a .223. I will target shoot this round 80% of the time and varmit shoot 20% of the time.



The second round will be for a .44 mag pistol. I use this for deer hunting, but of couse target practice with this pistol as well.

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Shoney
December 25, 2008, 06:35 AM
On your 223, what weapon and what is it's twist rate. It makes a big difference.

calaverasslim
December 25, 2008, 07:58 AM
On my .223, I used Dogtown bullets from Midway and had great results, then sold the rifle. It bored me to tears.


On my 44's, I use mainly cast, which I usually make myself. However, there are some great cast bullet makes out there but the price varies quite a bit.

When I buy cast, I usually get them from Forest Punch in Fl. His 240gr RNFP and 240gr SWC are super.

I like a hard cast in 44 mag. Several companies boast their hard cast and Lazer Cast are pretty good. Sized to 430, they won't lead up the barrel at handgun velocities.

I use either the Speer Golt Dot's in 210 or 240 in the Mag. These are Hollow points or when I need, I can use the 240gr JSP from either Remington or Winchester. I prefer the Hornaday bullets overall.

Some will give you other for sure and there isn't anything wrong with those, either.

Good luck

copdills
December 25, 2008, 08:56 AM
I use a 240 gr bullet , cast or jacket

highlander 5
December 25, 2008, 09:33 AM
for the 44 240-250 gr is the norm but myself I use a home cast 300 gr RNFP out of both a 44 spl and mag. My 223 I use a 62 gr
surplus green tip.

rcmodel
December 25, 2008, 03:38 PM
The first round will be for a .223. I will target shoot this round 80% of the time and varmint shoot 20% of the time. Then 80% of your bullets should be whatever shoots most accurately in your rifle.
(It won't be BT-FMJ or pulled GI Surplus either)

The other 20% should be varmint bullets like the Hornady V-Max, Nosler B-T, etc.
(again, BT-FMJ or GI surplus are not suitable for varmint hunting)

More then likely, those same varmint bullets will handle 100% of your needs very nicely.

rcmodel

TooTaxed
December 25, 2008, 10:54 PM
More info on your barrel twist:

I have a Colt SP-1 AR-15 that shot 55-gr and lighter bullets just fine...but military 63-gr bullets would keyhole on 50-yd targets. I found that my barrel twist was at least 1:12, and wouldn't stabilize bullets heavier than 55-gr.:cuss:

So I ordered a 1:8 twist upper from Rock River Arms and can now shoot everything accurately through 80-gr.:D

Grumulkin
December 26, 2008, 06:24 AM
For the 223 I would use Sierra Match Kings for both target varmint use. A bullet in the 55 gr. range sounds about right.

For the 44 Rem. Mag., I would use one of the Hornady XTP bullets in the 180 to 240 gr. range.

nicholst55
December 26, 2008, 07:03 AM
Actually, Match Kings aren't very good varmint bullets in my experience. They don't expand rapidly or consistently enough for instant kills. I'd recommend a dedicated varmint bullet in the 50-55 grain range for all around use.

dae06
December 26, 2008, 09:50 AM
Shoney and others,

My .223 is a Savage 11FXP3 with a 1 in 9" twist rate.

Thanks all, I'll wait to hear more from you.

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