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.223: Velocity loss going from 20" to 18"

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Mylhouse, Aug 14, 2003.

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  1. Mylhouse

    Mylhouse Member

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    I'm sure this has been discussed before, but my search skills are lacking.

    I'm thinking of a 1 in 8" twist .223 AR bull barrel upper with a 18" tube for prairie doggin and target.

    For those of you that have spent some time behind a chrono, what kind of velocity loss does the 18" AR15 barrel suffer when compared to a 20" tube with 55gr, 62gr, and 75gr loads?

    Reason I ask is I can get an 18" upper NOW, or if I hold out for a few weeks, then I can get the 20" if the difference is significant.

    Thanks
     
  2. John Ross

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    75 FPS less with 55 grain bullets, 60 FPS less with the 75s, in an 18" .223 barrel compared to a 20" one.

    Go to http://www.john-ross.net/suggestload.htm for a modeling program so you can answer these questions for yourself.

    It is MUCH more accurate than saying, "Well, I heard you lose 75 FPS per inch, but maybe that was handguns..."

    JR
     
  3. Mylhouse

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    Wow, I didn't know you were that John Ross!;) Excellent website, and thanks much for answering my question! :cool:
     
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