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SP vs HP vs BT-cost-accuracy?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by ohihunter2014, Feb 12, 2018.

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  1. jmr40

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    When you say BT, are you referring to a boat tail bullet, or the brand name Nosler Ballistic Tip?

    Adding a boat tail can help with a bullets BC, but the profile on the front of the bullet is more important than on the rear. Also, the smaller the caliber, the less a boat tail effects the BC. On a 223 I'd not worry much about whether or not it had a boat tail or not. It makes a bigger difference once you get above 24-26 caliber.

    I've gotten the best accuracy in 223 with loads using Hornady V-Max bullets. They are reasonably priced. The most accurate for the money that I've found is the Fiocchi 50 V-max factory load. They sell for $25/50 rounds at Cabelas. I wouldn't even spend time hand loading when I can do that well with a factory load. They also sell a 55 gr FMJ load for $20 that is pretty close. But the 50 gr load is a tack driver. My brother and were shooting a couple of weeks ago and shot several groups at or under 2" at 425 yards with that load. Out of a 1:8 Twist Tikka, so they do well with a fast twist. I usually hover around 1/2 MOA, but didn't have my 1:7 Ruger American with me that day so didn't try it at extended range.

    http://www.cabelas.com/product/Fiocchi-Rem-Ammunition-Per/705991.uts?slotId=7
     
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  2. Walkalong

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    These?

    If so, they have been mentioned here and members have reported good success with them. They are certainly attractively priced.
     
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  3. ohihunter2014

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    Yes sir! There are so many choices out there to choose from its hard to make a decision.
     
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    Ballistic tip.
     
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    So true. :)
     
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    IMHO the rifle should be built around the bullet, not the other way around, but for a given twist and bullet weight I agree with others that flat based bullets are unbeatable at short and medium ranges. For my .223 1:12" target rifle I like the Nosler 55 spitzer for 250+ yards but the boat tail and heavy copper base made it time-consuming to tune. IMO you shouldn't skimp on pressure with the Nosler BT's.
     
  7. ohihunter2014

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    Well I found some sales today at a local shop. Nosler varmageddon BT 55gr for around $14-100 I grabbed a pack to test them this weekend and SP are also on sale so going back Friday for a pack of those.
     
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