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Old May 8th, 2017, 10:14 AM   #1
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Reloading for the 1 in 9 Twist 223

I was thinking of reloading some new bullet weights 62 Hornady FMJBT and maybe the 68 Hornady FMJHP. I wanted to get some 77 grain Noslers but I understand that the 1 in 9 does not stabilize over 75 grain bullets. These will be fired out of a Savage 12 FCV and a Remington 700 SPS Tactical. Both have 1 in 9 twist. I have been loading alot of 55 Hornady FMJBT so I would like a change.

Does anybody have experience with the 62 and 68 mentioned above? I will be using primarily AA2230.

I am looking for accuracy and around 2700 plus for velocity.

I can also shoot these fine through a 1 in 7 twist AR.

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Old May 8th, 2017, 11:03 AM   #2
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I have found nothing better shooting for that twist than Hornady 60 gr V-max over about 25grs of Varget. With that I get half MOA in my Armalite M15, I have found nothing better than this combo.

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Old May 8th, 2017, 12:07 PM   #3
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Give the 77's a try. Just because the "spin chart" says it's not optimized, does not mean they tumble all over the place. There are many people who use the 77's in 1-9 barrels with great success. Maybe consider buying a box of 77gr ammo-doesn't neeed to be Fed Gold Medal- to give a try.

My son's AR has a DPMS 1-9 barrel that shoots my Nosler 77's loads very well at 200yds.

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Old May 9th, 2017, 10:22 AM   #4
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My 1-9 shoot 77gr SMKs very well. Better in fact than 75 gr OTM.

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Old May 9th, 2017, 10:36 AM   #5
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50 gr. - 62 gr. for 1:9 twist 5.56 / 223 rifles. Go outside those parameters and you'll end up wasting money and chasing your tail.

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From what I have read... the 62gr Horn. BTHP is turning out to be a heck of a deal and very accurate.

Just a few dollars more then the Horn. 62gr FMJ.

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As mentioned the 55-62gr bullets seem to be the ideal combo for 5.56/223, 9 twist, but have shot a fair amount of 69gr SMK's with good success. I use Varget or RE15 for the cartridge. Bolt rifle with 8 twist surprisingly will handle the 55's well out to the 200yd. line which it is not supposed to do.

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If you're looking for accuracy in your bolt guns, stick with the match bullets and save the FMJ loads for plinking in your AR. The 68 grain match bullet should work great for you with 2230. I used to load 23.7 of it with a 69 SMK and a BR4 primer.

You might be able to get the 77 grain to shoot well in your longer barrels. My Stevens 200 has a 1X9 twist barrel and it shoots 77SMK's just fine, however you might want to look at another powder other than 2230, something a bit slower like Varget or RL15. My accuracy load is 24 grains of RL15 and a BR4 primer.

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NOW WHY IN THE HECK DID THE MODS MOVE THIS THREAD TO THE AR15 SECTION??

THE MAIN SUBJECT IS RELOADING AND MAINLY SHOOTING THE ROUNDS OUT OF A SAVAGE MODEL 12 AND REMINGTON 700 SPS, NOT THE AR.

I POSTED IT IN THE AMMUNITION SECTION WHICH IS ABOUT RELOADING.

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I loaded up some 77g SMKs to about 2775 FPS and shot them at 300 and 600 yards using my Fulton Armory AR with a 24" 1x9 ROT BBL. At 300 yards I was able to get 24 of 30 rounds inside an 11" circle on a torso silhouette target, and at 600 yards I was able to get 29 of 30 rounds in-the-black of the torso silhouette with one flier over his left shoulder by about 1/2-inch. So ... I'd say that the 75-77g bullets work just fine out of a 1x9 ROT BBL.

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I'm a fan of 68-69 grain bullets out of the 1-9.

CFE223 pushes them well through both gas and bolt guns.

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Once apon a time I had a Colt Comp H-Bar with its 1/9 tube it liked a load on 24.5 Varget under a Horn 68 @ mag length.

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NOW WHY IN THE HECK DID THE MODS MOVE THIS THREAD TO THE AR15 SECTION??

THE MAIN SUBJECT IS RELOADING AND MAINLY SHOOTING THE ROUNDS OUT OF A SAVAGE MODEL 12 AND REMINGTON 700 SPS, NOT THE AR.

I POSTED IT IN THE AMMUNITION SECTION WHICH IS ABOUT RELOADING.
I moved it back, Happy?

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THE MAIN SUBJECT IS RELOADING AND MAINLY SHOOTING THE ROUNDS OUT OF A SAVAGE MODEL 12 AND REMINGTON 700 SPS, NOT THE AR.
Sorry, I guess I started the slide down the hill with my son's experience shooting 77's in an AR. With the longer barrel and higher velocity of the bolt rifles, the 77's may (probably will) work fine.

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I moved it back, Happy?

Truly made me Lol !

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