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Old November 30, 2014, 11:35 PM   #1
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Inexpensive 65-69 gr bullets for .223/5.56?

I have a Mini 14 181 series that has a 1 in 10" twist. These aren't the most accurate rifles so I want to try reloading to see if I can tighten up my groups. I have read that 65-69 gr bullets are recommended for that twist rate. Unfortunately, all the bullets I have seen at that weight are match quality. I am not looking to compete, just create a good plinking round. Any ideas?
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Old December 1, 2014, 12:00 AM   #2
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if you can ever find them in stock, try here: https://www.wideners.com/itemview.cf...1079|1160|1728
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Old December 1, 2014, 12:04 AM   #3
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With a 1:10 you might be going in the wrong direction with the heavy bullets, don't buy a bunch of them.

I would buy a few and see if they will work first.

If you want to plink with more weight maybe look for a coated cast/swaged bullet.
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Old December 1, 2014, 01:17 AM   #4
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With a 1/10 twist you might be better off with a 62gr bullet. There are plenty of good surplus S109 (M855) bullets available that will make great plinking ammo.
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Old December 1, 2014, 01:24 AM   #5
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Buy one box of Hornady 55 grain V-Max.
Or Sierra 53 grain HP Match bullets.

What you get with them is as good as it's gonna get in your rifle.

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Old December 1, 2014, 10:57 AM   #6
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Thanks guys. Hopefully Santa brings me a few stocking stuffers this year.
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Old December 1, 2014, 01:16 PM   #7
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I have done a lot of reloading for the Mini 14 (183, 184 series).
Your best loads will come from a lighter 55 grain bullet. I had the best success with IMR4895. I can get 1.5 - 2" groups.
62 gr bullets will work but not as well as the 55's. I wouldn't mess with the 69's at all in that rifle.
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