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Bullet type suggestions

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by dae06, Dec 25, 2008.

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  1. dae06

    dae06 Member

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    I plan on starting to reload two types of rounds. I would like all suggestions the type of bullet I should buy for these.

    • The first round will be for a .223. I will target shoot this round 80% of the time and varmit shoot 20% of the time.


    • The second round will be for a .44 mag pistol. I use this for deer hunting, but of couse target practice with this pistol as well.
     
  2. Shoney

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    On your 223, what weapon and what is it's twist rate. It makes a big difference.
     
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    On my .223, I used Dogtown bullets from Midway and had great results, then sold the rifle. It bored me to tears.


    On my 44's, I use mainly cast, which I usually make myself. However, there are some great cast bullet makes out there but the price varies quite a bit.

    When I buy cast, I usually get them from Forest Punch in Fl. His 240gr RNFP and 240gr SWC are super.

    I like a hard cast in 44 mag. Several companies boast their hard cast and Lazer Cast are pretty good. Sized to 430, they won't lead up the barrel at handgun velocities.

    I use either the Speer Golt Dot's in 210 or 240 in the Mag. These are Hollow points or when I need, I can use the 240gr JSP from either Remington or Winchester. I prefer the Hornaday bullets overall.

    Some will give you other for sure and there isn't anything wrong with those, either.

    Good luck
     
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    I use a 240 gr bullet , cast or jacket
     
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    for the 44 240-250 gr is the norm but myself I use a home cast 300 gr RNFP out of both a 44 spl and mag. My 223 I use a 62 gr
    surplus green tip.
     
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    Then 80% of your bullets should be whatever shoots most accurately in your rifle.
    (It won't be BT-FMJ or pulled GI Surplus either)

    The other 20% should be varmint bullets like the Hornady V-Max, Nosler B-T, etc.
    (again, BT-FMJ or GI surplus are not suitable for varmint hunting)

    More then likely, those same varmint bullets will handle 100% of your needs very nicely.

    rcmodel
     
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    More info on your barrel twist:

    I have a Colt SP-1 AR-15 that shot 55-gr and lighter bullets just fine...but military 63-gr bullets would keyhole on 50-yd targets. I found that my barrel twist was at least 1:12, and wouldn't stabilize bullets heavier than 55-gr.:cuss:

    So I ordered a 1:8 twist upper from Rock River Arms and can now shoot everything accurately through 80-gr.:D
     
  8. Grumulkin

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    For the 223 I would use Sierra Match Kings for both target varmint use. A bullet in the 55 gr. range sounds about right.

    For the 44 Rem. Mag., I would use one of the Hornady XTP bullets in the 180 to 240 gr. range.
     
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    Actually, Match Kings aren't very good varmint bullets in my experience. They don't expand rapidly or consistently enough for instant kills. I'd recommend a dedicated varmint bullet in the 50-55 grain range for all around use.
     
  10. dae06

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    twist rate

    Shoney and others,

    My .223 is a Savage 11FXP3 with a 1 in 9" twist rate.

    Thanks all, I'll wait to hear more from you.
     
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