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80gr. amax?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by nastynatesfish, Mar 8, 2010.

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  1. nastynatesfish

    nastynatesfish Member

    Nov 28, 2009
    Thatcher arizona
    Just wondering but I have a box of Amax bullets for my 223 that I got for 12 bucks. I have a pound of h335 that I intended for my fal but cannt find any bullets for. I looked up and it calls for between 22gr and 22.5 so I was wondering if anyone uses this combo. I'm just looking for a coyote accurate round out to 300 yrds and its ut of a little H R single shot. Thanks ahead again.
  2. jeepmor

    jeepmor Member

    Nov 6, 2005
    Check your twist rate, you might not have enough to stabilize a bullet that heavy. Typically, non-AR type guns in 223 have about a 12:1 twist rate, which is not enough for that gun.

    I've shot 62 grain bullets out of my 223 HB ruger and put them on a paper plate, if that, at 100 yards. I moved to my 50 grain ammo and put them in quarter sized groups in the same range session.

    Oh yeah, those same 62 grain bullets were hitting dimes out of an AR rifle with a 1:9 twist.

    Hope this helps,
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2010
  3. NCsmitty

    NCsmitty Member

    Jun 29, 2008
    North Carolina
    I'm afraid that the 80gr bullet will not stabilize in your 1in12" barrel twist. You'll be relegated to using nothing heavier than 60gr in that rifle.
    You can get A-max bullets in 52gr, and they should shoot fine. I use them in my 22-250 with good results.
    The 80gr A-max requires a 1in8" or 1in7" twist to properly stabilize at peak 223 velocity.

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