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AR-15 bullet selection (accuracy and hunting)

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by primalmu, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. primalmu

    primalmu Well-Known Member

    Looking for a good bullet to build an accurate round for my 20" AR-15 with 1 in 7" twist barrel. I liked the looks of the 75gr Hornady A-Max bullet, but after some reading they are too long to fit into AR-15 mags.

    What bullets (the heavier the better) are you all using for precision .223 loads?
  2. fishshocker

    fishshocker Well-Known Member

    For accuracy, 69 or 77 Sierra smk. Not good for hunting though. I would try Barnes all copper or 65 Sierra game kings for hunting. I noticed MSU in your sig. Is Daves Dark Horse Tavern still in business? I was there from 2000-2002.
  3. primalmu

    primalmu Well-Known Member

    Yes, and they make the best pizza I've ever had! The Apollo (dunno if they had it back then), ground lamb and feta cheese, delicious...
  4. TwoEyedJack

    TwoEyedJack Well-Known Member

    I have had good luck with a similar barrel with 52 gr. sierra BTHP match pills over a max load of H335.
  5. fishshocker

    fishshocker Well-Known Member

    I always had cajun/seafood calzones and lots of beer.
    The 75 Hornady a max has its place at long distances but like you said it can't be loaded to mag length. It works but is a pain to single load, but for small groups on paper at long distances stance they work. I'm just starting to play with them.
  6. primalmu

    primalmu Well-Known Member

    If I ever get a .223 bolt action I'll definitely be looking at the A-Max.
  7. MtnCreek

    MtnCreek Well-Known Member

    I recently switched from 77smk to Horn 75bthp. They are giving good accuracy in my rifle.

    For hunting, I typically use a 55gr Nosler BT for smaller stuff and a 70gr Speer sp for larger stuff. Both shoot great for non-match bullets.
  8. guntech59

    guntech59 Well-Known Member

    My suggestion is the 65gr SGK or the 60gr Nosler partition for game and one of the SMKs for target work. I use the 69grSMK, but my barrel is a 1-9" twist. You can use heavier (longer) bullets than I can.
  9. helotaxi

    helotaxi Well-Known Member

    I'd look at the Barnes bullets or Nosler Partitions. Barring that the Berger 70gn BTHP will load to mag length but I don't know if it would be my choice for a game bullet.

    For an accurate load, I shoot 52-53gn match bullets from Barnes, Sierra or Nosler, 69gn bullets from the same 3 and 75gn BTHP from Hornady. All will load to mag length. I wouldn't hunt anything more substantial than coyotes with any of them and for the low angle shot across open country that coyote hunting often involves, I prefer a more frangible bullet.
  10. kelbro

    kelbro Well-Known Member

    Hornady 75gr BTHP flies very well and kills well even at distance.

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