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Old 03-04-2013, 20:45   #1
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.223 with 1:12 twist bullet weight limits

I am looking at a bolt action .223 rifle with a 1:12 twist barrel.

Can one use a 60 Gr. JSP (Nosler) bullet in it for ranges up to 200 yards?

How about 100 yards?

Or does someone a 55 gr bullet suitable for whitetail or hogs?
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Old 03-04-2013, 21:53   #2
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No issues at all using 60 grain bullets out of my 1-12 Sako 75 varmint. In fact I've shot the 65 grain Sierra's out of it just fine. It has a 23.5 long barrel and you can gain stability with a little higher velocity. If you want to hunt deer and hogs just get some Nosler 60 gr. partitions. Yeah they arn't benchrest bullets but my rifles keep them around a inch at 100 and thats MODeer and MOHog. Bullet is very effective against deer here. The deer run about 20-40 yards and fall over dead. The .223 makes precise hits easy. Low recoil and accurate. No flinching by the shooter=meat to eat!
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Old 03-05-2013, 11:14   #3
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Best way to find out is to shoot it out of your gun. Lots of people will give theories but practice often differs. I have a 1:10" .223 700p that shoots Hornady 75gr OTM like a house fire. In theory, it shouldn't.
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Old 03-06-2013, 01:29   #4
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In my experience, most bonded .223/5.56 55-62 grain bullets are flat based rather than boat tailed. This allows for a slightly shorter bullet which is easier to stablize. I dont think you would have any troubles inside 200 yards.

Just keep in mind that with those weights, I would only use a bonded JSP bullet for hunting. Even standard soft points in these weights may not provide adequate penetration on medium game.
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Old 03-06-2013, 20:05   #5
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Thanks folks! I probably won't use it for deer, but may get some hogs with it. I would use a Nosler for anything with hooves. I will likely just use it to tune up my long range shooting, but it always helps to have an additional excuse.
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Old 03-08-2013, 14:06   #6
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I once had a AR15A1 and it had a 1:12 barrel. It shot 55gr bullets quite well.
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