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#1 Camoghost

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Posted 15 January 2007 - 10:06 AM

Hello all, Hunting has been slow for me lately, the coyote?s gods have not been good to me. So to make myself feel better I bought a new rifle (I have a smile ear to ear).. I just put together a new CA legal AR-15 made by Bushmaster. It has a 20" free floating upper with 1 and 12 twist 3 pound Jewel Trigger.. This baby should group pretty well. My question is: What gain bullet works best in .223 in a 1 and 12 twist barrel? I have a 1 and 12 twist in my 22.250 and I reload 40 grain molly hornady for it and they work awesome. =But being the .223 is a little wimpy I wanted to shoot a 55 grain out of it?? Any feed back would be great.

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Posted 15 January 2007 - 10:15 AM

Well I shoot an AR-15 with a 1 in 12 twist in .223. I find the 40gr V-max shoot exceptional and are more than enough to take down a coyote. Look at it like this, there are much smaller bullets being used to effectively retard the coyote aging process and they do fine.One thing to remember is that faster burning powders work the action of semi autos much better. Some of the slower burning rifle powders that are very good in bolt guns will cause jams in your AR. Other than that grab some bullets, load up and head to the range and see what works out of yours. Plain old Winchester white box ammo should shoot fine out of it if you're in a hurry to try it out. :angry:

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Posted 15 January 2007 - 10:44 AM

Mr. Shooter John , You have never pointed me in the wrong direction in the past so I'm going for the 40 grn Vmax! My only other question is to Molly or not to Molly. New Barrel, never fired...

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Posted 15 January 2007 - 12:23 PM

Ok here's my $.02. I'm not a moly fan. My first and foremost reason for not liking moly is it attracts moisture. It can also be difficult to clean barrels with layers of moly in them. I did try moly bullets originally and then decided not to use them any longer. I molyed my own bullets too just found it wasn't for me after reading some of the horror stories.

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Posted 15 January 2007 - 12:39 PM

I agree with John and won't shoot anything with Moly on it. I can also attest to the effectiveness of that 40 grain bullet... it's my go to round in my 22-250.

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Posted 15 January 2007 - 01:03 PM

Ditto on the .40 Grain v-max.....Works great for me out of my .223

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Posted 15 January 2007 - 01:07 PM

I also use the 40 VMAX in my 22-250 and 222 mag. It is very accurate and devasting on squirrels out of my rifles.

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Posted 15 January 2007 - 06:23 PM

I also use the 40 VMAX in my 22-250 and 222 mag.

You should try it on coyotes. Believe me it will put the smack down on them. ;)

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 01:39 PM

I have a Remington 700 VSSF .223 with a 1-12 on it. Anything up to and including 55gr shoot well for me. I love the 40gr, it destroys sage rats, but I also love the 50gr blitzking, sub MOA in my 1-12, and has a little more oomph for the yotes. I will tell you that the 40 gr has a flatter trajectory though, especially out around 300 yards. ShooterJohn is right about them.Of the 3 V-MAX, Nosler, and BlitzKing, I prefer the blitzking....but they all kick ass. I cant wait to try the new sierra Varmint Grenades. Has anyone seen one yet?

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 03:00 PM

+1 here. The 1:14" should handle everything up to 55 grains with ease. Both of my OLL's (Off List Lowers) have 1:9" twist barreled uppers on them but 90% of my shooting is with 50-55 grain bullets.

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 07:43 AM

40 grain VMAX fur burners have been ordered :rolleyes: !! Thank you for all your help!

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Posted 26 January 2007 - 10:50 PM

I have good result with 55 grain Nosler BT on my 223 Kimber 82 with 12 twist barrel.

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Posted 09 May 2007 - 01:43 PM

I've also had great success with 55 grain nbt with my 12 twist rem.




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