View Full Version : Is there an ideal FPS?

07-17-2012, 7:43 PM
Wondering if there is an ideal feet per second when it comes to shooting for range/precision for different bullets like .224 69-80gr bullets. Or is it the higher the fps the better?

07-17-2012, 7:49 PM
Speed vs. accuracy... your call, I guess. :)

Higher Velocity is what most reloaders I have talked to try and push, without sacrificing safety, of course...

07-17-2012, 7:49 PM
No magic number that I've ever heard of. And I know for a fact that faster is not necessarily better. I do know that different rifles and different barrels will like different velocities. Just have to play around with different loads :D

07-17-2012, 7:49 PM
It all depends---your gun, your powder, your bullet, your seating depth, etc, etc, etc. Some people fine max loads best some don't. My 223 shoots really nice with 55gr bullets and 25gr of H335 some people load much hotter. My 06 loves hot loads and 165gr bullets. But my 357 rifle shoots best with mid loads and 158gr bullets. No real rhyme or reason. Trial and error is how you find out.

07-17-2012, 7:53 PM
any muzzle velocity that reaches the target while still going supersonic

07-17-2012, 9:08 PM
Ideal velocity varies from gun to gun, cartridge to cartridge, powder to powder, etc. work up a load with a given set of components until optimal accuracy is reached. There is no magic number.