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Results with Hornady 55GR FMJ-BT out of an AR?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by tjamazing, Jan 18, 2010.

  1. tjamazing


    May 15, 2000
    North Carolina
    I'm just wondering what kind of groups people are getting with these off of a rest/scoped. I'm looking for a cheap plinking AR round that is more accurate than the Winchester or Remington 55gr options.

    Can this round come in at or under an inch at 100 if I do due dilligence tuning the load?



  2. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

    Apr 14, 2009
    Conifer, CO
    There are several theories that BT bullets aren't as accurate as flat base bullets. I'm not sure I subscribe to those theories but I do know the my Sako bolt doesn't like 'em... not nearly as much as 52 and 55 grain flat base.

    Every barrel is different and different powders will produce vastly different results with different combinations. That's the fun of working up the most accurate load possible... takes a long time but what else ya got to do? :supergrin:


  3. Short answer: YES!

    My CZ bolt loves these and is capable of sub .5 MOA groups with dead rest and me doing my part. My 16" RRA AR-15 loves these as well and consistently dials in at 3/4-1/2 MOA with dead rest and 4x optic at 100 yards.

    I love these bullets and only wish I would have bought 20k so that I don't run the risk of getting an off batch! My results with Armscor fmj bullets have been roughly 1.5-2x the group size for both guns. Still acceptable for plinking rounds, but with the Hornady bullets only slightly more expensive, I now hold out for them to fill my .224 fmj needs.

    My best results were using Win Commercial 1x brass and TAC. Can't wait to see what my Dad's RRA Varmint rifle can do with these.

    While I do notice a slight difference from my nosler BT and Sierra matchkings, these bullets still match or exceed my everyday rifle skill/needs for target rounds. Near match quality with FMJ pricing, what's not to love? Get some and get loading!

    Good luck,
  4. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

    May 31, 2007
    Old Colorado City
    I get good results from my AR's with these and Varget. Makes for a fairly inexpensive range fodder round.
  5. dudel


    Dec 10, 2008
    Texas Hill Country
    My first loads with these projectiles gave me a five shot group with the holes touching. This was a 25yrd with a red dot sight and rest. The powder was Varget and the barrel is a 1:9 twist. Yes, I think it will hold well out to 100 yrds. Should get better when I get a set of low profile ear protection. My current ones made it hard to get a good cheek weld.

    I just put in an order for more of them from Midsouth. $18/250 as I recall. They shipped yesterday.
  6. tjamazing


    May 15, 2000
    North Carolina
    Thanks to all for the feedback. It's good to hear consistently good news about these.
  7. steve4102


    Jan 2, 2009

    Remember, not every rifle will shoot one hole groups with Match bullets let alone an inexpensive FMJ. I shoot these out of my Colt HBAR II with only OK results. Granted I haven't tried every powder on my shelf yet, but so far my results are only fair.

    This is about average at 100 yards with Hornady 55gr FMJ.

    This is typical with 52gr Nosler CC 2nds.

  8. Nice second group!

    It is true, not all guns like the same loads. The advantage of trying some cheap fmj is that if they work out, you have a cheap accurate go-to bullet.

    Reloading is so rewarding when you achieve your goals with a particular load.