Bulletheads.com .223 review


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Tom488
December 9, 2013, 08:09 PM
I recently ordered 4,000 55gr FMJBT's from bulletheads.com, and they arrived today:

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Looking them over, they looked good to me. I only opened one 1,000 count package, but did check over all of them pretty thoroughly, and didn't see anything that jumped out at me as, "that don't look right".

I then took a random sampling from the first bag, turning over the pile of bullets several times in some Akro bins, to really get a random sample. I then weighed each one, measured their length, and diameter just below the cannelure:

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Weight varied from a low of 55.2 grains to a high of 55.4 grains. Length varied from .747" to .754". Diameter was consistent at .224", with one just tipping the calibers over to .2245".

For comparison, I grabbed a sample from a box of Berry's 55gr FMJBTs. Those weighed in at between 54.9 gr to 55.1gr, and had a length of between .734" and .744". Diameter was also consistent at .224".

After that, I cleaned out my bullet feeder, dumped some of these bullets in, and ran a quick 10 rounds through the Dillon 1050. The only issue I had was I needed to very slightly tweak the bullet feeder's nose guide, as some bullets weren't collating properly. I attribute this to a slightly more aggressive boat tail on these bullets, compared to the Berry's. The smaller diameter of the base was slipping past the nose guide, and trying to flip over. If anything, the slightly greater taper means they will sit in the case mouth better. I had no trouble feeding or seating these rounds, as you can (hopefully) see here:

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Here's a decent close-up of the bullets:

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In summary, I'm satisfied with the quality of these bullets, and they should make excellent plinking rounds - which is all I'm after in such large quantities. At 8.5 cents per bullet (shipped), they're the best deal I've found.

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Walkalong
December 9, 2013, 08:55 PM
They look like they have a chance to shoot pretty well, for a FMJ of course. :)

Conservidave
December 9, 2013, 10:32 PM
pretty nice deal for the price. The question is do you have enough of your favorite powder and primers for all that plinking?

moxie
December 10, 2013, 06:57 AM
They are good bullets.

Glad they brought their prices back down out of the stratosphere.

sauer1911
December 10, 2013, 07:06 AM
that is great! Seems like all they sell is .223 boat tails.

Wonder if they will make other calibers?

be safe

GilaMonster
December 10, 2013, 12:29 PM
Glad that your order of BulletHeads turned out better. I originally posted the negative review in the "Where are there reloading components for sale?" thread. The 1,000 I got certainly did not look that good.

I may have to try again, based on your positive review and measurements...

The price certainly is good, at < .09 cents each

Potatohead
December 10, 2013, 02:29 PM
Nice review. You probably could've traded that little box of Stingers for the 4000 bullets though!

moxie
December 10, 2013, 04:25 PM
Be advised you can get the Hornady FMJBT from powdervalleyinc.com for only a hair more. Very nice.
Plus shipping, whereas bulletheads is free shipping. Your decision.

3GunEric
December 10, 2013, 05:33 PM
Glad they look good up close and personal. I am the guy that said they don't look right - based on internet pic. Let us know how they shoot.

CynicalShooter
January 30, 2014, 12:18 PM
Hi all. OP, any update on how these shoot?

Tom488
January 30, 2014, 01:02 PM
Sorry.... been too damn cold to get out to the range. Maybe by March :(

CynicalShooter
January 30, 2014, 01:05 PM
No worries Tom, thanks for the reply! Looking forward to the updates when things thaw out :)

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