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Barrel Recommendation for 223 Rem

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by one-shot, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. one-shot

    one-shot New Member

    Mar 18, 2010
    I have a Remington Model 700 in 223 Rem and the barrel has a 1:12" twist. I have a Savage BTCSS with a 1:9" twist. I want to put a new barrel on my Model 700 and I'm wondering if a 1:7 or 1:8 would be best for 68gr and larger bullet weights. I'd like to start reloading and eventually use 80gr bullets. I purchased a box of Hornady 75gr BTHP with the hope that my 1:9" twist on my Savage will stabilize properly. I won't shoot this weekend to be sure. Also, what barrel length and contour would you recommend for Target/Prairie Dog shooting?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Elder

    Oct 14, 2005
    Northwest Arkansas
    My 1-9 twist savages had no problem with the 75 grain a max

    as to the remington barrel, if you THINK you'll want to shoot 80grn bullets particularly the low drag offerings you should go with the fast twist NOW vs regretting not doing so later
  3. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Member

    Jul 26, 2008
    Where Else! TEXAS
    If you want to shoot 80 grainers,you better go with a 1-7 twist. I shoot 75gr AMax's out of my AR's all the time and they have 1-8 twist.
    Never tried 80grs,they would be too long to fit in the magazines.

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