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Best .224 projectile for the money - target

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by 777funk, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. 777funk

    777funk Well-Known Member

    Curious what people here like. Obviously the best time to buy will be in a couple months at this point. But curious what has given good results at 100 yards on paper? Not really looking for anything with knock down power for hunting or balistics etc. Just accurate shooting ammo.
  2. Ifishsum

    Ifishsum Well-Known Member

    For my 1:9 AR it's been Sierra MatchKing #1400 53gr HP. I like my target ammo to be as accurate as I can make it at a reasonable price, and that bullet shoots MOA or better in mine.
  3. cpt-t

    cpt-t Well-Known Member

    777funk: My Son & I shoot several 223`s both Bolt`s & AR`s and we have found the best bullet for us is the Hornady 52gr A-MAX. This Bullet works very well in our 22-250`s Savage HD barrels as well.

  4. blarby

    blarby Well-Known Member

    Well, if you just need to be MOA at 100 yards- a decently loaded 55gr FMJ should easily do the trick... and after Firearmageddon dies down, you should be able to get them in the 9c each range again.

    I get 2-3" groupings freehand in my m4 using these on top of 24grs of H4895. For the task at hand- be it clays or berr cans, these do the trick. On a bag, its even better- but since I got my rifle and load zeroed, I leave the bag at home.
  5. 45lcshooter

    45lcshooter Well-Known Member

    55gr has always been a great bullet. Cheaper in bulk. But yes wait until panic has gone away and you will be able to get them again at cheap prices.
  6. bluetopper

    bluetopper Well-Known Member

    I think any .224" bullet that is flat based with no exposing lead on bottom and hollow pointed. Bulk Winchester 55gr bullets don't qualify.
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2013
  7. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    The best across the board accuarcy I have seen from anything for the money is Hornady V-Max or Nosler Ballistic-Tip varmint bullets.

    The Sierra Blitzking plastic tip is probably as good or better.
    But I have had no reason to try them because V-MAx shoots so good..

  8. beatledog7

    beatledog7 Well-Known Member

    Hornady 55-gr SP #2266 loads great, shoots accurately in my Savage, and doesn't seem powder sensitive.

    It has been and is still one of the bullet choices they offer in the Get Loaded rebate program: 100 free when you buy most Hornady die sets. That's a great way to buy needed dies and then get a box of bullets to try for the cost of shipping.
  9. cpt-t

    cpt-t Well-Known Member

    targetshooter 22; I hope yougot my answer to your PM. I am new at this computer stuff
  10. LeonCarr

    LeonCarr Well-Known Member

    Sierra 52 Grain BTHP Matchking.

    For accuracy in the .223, bolt gun or semiauto, that bullet and H335 is usually where I start working up a load. Typical accuracy in a bolt gun or free floated AR is Sub-MOA and right around MOA in an M4 type AR.

    If the 52 Grain Sierra Matchking does not shoot for you, try the 53 Grain Flat Base Sierra Matchking mentioned earlier.

    Just my .02,
  11. 35 Whelen

    35 Whelen Well-Known Member

    A couple of guys I shoot High Power with (who ALWAYS beat me) turned me on to the Sierra 60 gr. HP. For whatever reason they're fairly inexpensive and just crazy accurate.

  12. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    I like the Sierra MatchKing Part #1400 53gr bullets and I also like the Sierra GameKing Part #1390 55gr bullets. The GameKings can serve double duty and I have shoot .4" repeatable groups @100 yards and right at 1" @200 yards. (with a bolt action rifle)
  13. capreppy

    capreppy Well-Known Member

    I have been shooting the Hornady 50gr Z-Max over H322 and Fed 205M. If I do my part, I can get sub 1/2 MOA out of my Savage 26" 1-9.
  14. GLOOB

    GLOOB Well-Known Member

    At this point I'd say cast your own. Gas checks for 223 are scarce but I managed to buy 1k last week.
  15. HOOfan_1

    HOOfan_1 Well-Known Member

    In my .22-250 Sierra 52gr. Matchking and 50 gr. Blitzking hands down
  16. jwrowland77

    jwrowland77 Well-Known Member

    I like the bulk Winchester 55gr FMJ but I also really like the Hornady 55gr V-Max... really enjoy loading and shooting those.
  17. jfremder

    jfremder Well-Known Member

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