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Kappy 11-10-2012 6:42 PM

.223/5.56 reloading bullet of choice?
 
I've been shooting pretty much only Hornady (first the 40gr Vmax, then the 53gr Amax). A friend of mine handed me off a couple rounds loaded with Sierra 50gr Blitzkings which shot a bit better.

So... what is your bullet of choice? I would have made a poll, but there are more brands than I know.

bill_k_lopez 11-10-2012 7:34 PM

Depends on the twist of your barrel. The faster the twist the heavier the bullet. I've got a 1/8 24" and I've been shooting 55 grain PSP and FMJ, now that I've put a few rounds through it I'm going to load some 69, 77 and 80 grain HPBT

NiteQwill 11-10-2012 8:14 PM

55 gr Hornady (bulk)
69 SMK and Nosler
75 Hornady HPBT
80 Hornady HPBT

MarkInFolsom 11-10-2012 8:28 PM

8" twist, 26" barrel.

75 Hornady Amax single loaded, 77 Berger OTM magazine length.

snowdog650 11-10-2012 8:32 PM

69-grain SMK.

oddjob 11-10-2012 8:46 PM

55 grain Hornady FMJ for close shots

55 grain Nosler (orange tip) for long distance

I shoot 3 gun matches.

hylander 11-10-2012 10:03 PM

Depends
For what application ? Plinking, Hunting, Target ?

Colt562 11-10-2012 10:15 PM

All I use is 55gn FMJBT. But when I start shooting more precision stuff I will probably go with a 69 grain or so bullet.

ireload 11-11-2012 5:25 AM

Win 55 gr fmjbt for general paper punching and plinking
62 gr fmjbt for defense
64 gr. Win PP for defense and possibly game gather
69 gr. Sierras for defense and paper punching

Cheep 11-11-2012 5:27 AM

1-7 twist, 69SMK.

DarkSoul 11-11-2012 6:03 AM

Since most of my shooting is less than 100 yards and at steel, I just buy bulk 55g FMJBT from Hitech Ammo (new manufacture). They are cheap and usually available.

The small amount of precision shooting I have done is out of an 18" Wilde barrel and iirc i had really good ouch with some 77g Nosler, but I would need to check my notes, it's need a little while.

Kappy 11-11-2012 7:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hylander (Post 9700590)
Depends
For what application ? Plinking, Hunting, Target ?

I figured that an accurate bullet is an accurate bullet. I don't hunt, so expansion and whatnot don't come into it.


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billetmann 11-12-2012 2:08 PM

+1 69 smk

AlexKintner 11-12-2012 2:14 PM

Had great luck with 50 grain Z-max in my Remy. Same as V-max but cheaper.

DirtyDave 11-12-2012 2:14 PM

50gr V-max for hunting yotes

evlblkrfl 11-12-2012 3:28 PM

55 grain Z-max over 26 grains of Varget. Very accurate out of my 1in9,16" Stag.

phish 11-12-2012 7:15 PM

wore out two 1:8 barrels shooting Hornady's 75 gr hpbt, don't see a reason to switch

what barrel are you using?

Kappy 11-12-2012 10:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by phish (Post 9711948)
wore out two 1:8 barrels shooting Hornady's 75 gr hpbt, don't see a reason to switch

what barrel are you using?

An 18" 1:8 twist with a Wylde chamber which came with my RRA upper (cryo treated by them). So you think I should go really heavy, then?

Does a heavier bullet wear out the barrel faster, I wonder?


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Full Clip 11-12-2012 10:49 PM

For distance, 69grn Nosler Custom Competition HP FMJs...

AlliedArmory 11-13-2012 1:11 AM

I like the 50gr Vmax or 69gr SMK. Both shot very accurate out of my RRA Predator Pursuit 20".

phish 11-13-2012 6:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kappy (Post 9713310)
An 18" 1:8 twist with a Wylde chamber which came with my RRA upper (cryo treated by them). So you think I should go really heavy, then?

Does a heavier bullet wear out the barrel faster, I wonder?


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Going really heavy isn't necessary. I was in the right place at the right time and scored 10k Hornadys uber cheap.

I don't go nuts chasing velocity, just find a reasonable load and make mass quantities.

Do heavier (longer) bullets wear the barrel faster? That I don't know. I just have a hard stop of 6k rounds before I retire a barrel. I've only had one that went kaput after only 2.5k. It happens...

Ahhnother8 11-13-2012 9:19 PM

80, 80.5, 82, 90 Bergers


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