Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Turkeytider, Apr 22, 2022.
Winchester Match 69gr Sierra Matchking HPBT. (Black Box Competitive Target) This ammunition shoots really well in both my AR and bolt guns.
You're also going to have many smaller boutique ammo manufacturers like Prime who make great ammo.
With 1:9 twist I would say probably not 77gr and heavier bullets.
Also probably no 55gr bullets and lighter.
But you never know.
I’ve also done very well in a 1:9” with the 73 ELDm load out to 800.
Stop. This is BS for any 1:9” 223, clear out to 29”.
Surprised me too. The best groups I`ve shot sub-MOA have been with Frontier ( Hornady ) 55 grain OTMs.
If that's all you can afford then I guess that's what you get the best groups with.
Bullet stability has nothing to do with price. Stop basing your advice on some BS ven diagram from Arfcom and actually shoot something. “Overstabilization” is a myth.
But if 55gr frontier ball ammo is all you can get, it beats no ammo.
My 1:9 20" Savage Model 10 PC will stabilize 77 SMK's (at least to 500 yds.) fine. But not 80's.
I'm not aware of all .223 match offerings, but the 69 and 77 gr. SMK's are largely intended for high power rifle competitions at the 200 and 300 yd. lines. My experience is that they are slightly less accurate than a quality flat base bullet at 100 yds. but the better BC pays off on the somewhat generous NRA targets. I guess what I am trying to say is if you're wanting to ring steel at long range that's what you want. If you want to shoot bug holes at 100 there might be better options. You won't know until you try.
Yes, I`ve wondered about just shooting some of the flat based bullets. I have those in 55 and 62 grains and my gun does indeed shoot them well. The ones I have are hunting rounds ( Hornady, Nosler ) and to this point I`ve been saving them for that purpose. I have only a 100 yard range at which to shoot, so I wonder if I just shouldn`t utilize a box of 55grain Hornady VMax ( they`re a flat base bullet ) and see how good I can do.
Absolutely I've shot some tiny groups with the old American Eagle 50gr grey tip varmint from both 1 in 9 and 1 in 7 twist. Plenty of 50 and 55gr ammo that not fmj.
Have shot the Sierra 69 gr in reloads. It does OK. As does the Nosler 55 gr. #39526, https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1021973430 Savage Axis Rifle.
Good bullets can make all the difference.
*Have not shot factory ammo.*
I have found that good bullets are the primary component of accurate rounds and Hornady V-Max 55 gr factory loaded for $13 for 20 should work well, even in a faster twist barrel. I stocked up on Fiocchi 40 gr V-Max factory ammo back when you could order it for less than $20 per box of 50. It has shot well in twists from 1 in 12” thru 1 in 8”.
Have not shot a lot of it, but the Nosler Match grade 70 grain have been excellent as well. Plus they are one sale right now.
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