Ruger precision rifle in .223/ 5.56

Discussion in 'GATE Long-Range Shooting' started by Dcc65, Jun 3, 2018.

  1. Dcc65

    Dcc65 State of Jefferson Resident

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    Dec 31, 2016
    Northern CA.
    In April I purchased a Ruger precision rifle in .223
    I toyed with the idea of getting it chambered in 6.5 creedmoor, but the cost and lack of availability of ammunition in my area steered me to the .223 so far I'm pretty happy with the rifles performance.
    My question is, does anyone here in g.t. land have any suggestions for a handload that has performed particularly well for you in this platform?
    As of right now, I've been loading the Hornaday 68 grain Hpbt on top of 25 grains of Hodgdon Varget and Remington small rifle primers. I'm getting decent results at 100 yards. Just wondering if anyone has any recommendations for loads that you have hit upon. 20180526_111414.jpg 20180526_111414.jpg 20180526_111426.jpg

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  2. MarkCO

    MarkCO Super Moderator Staff Member Moderator CLM Millennium Member

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    It looks good. You can always try a few different bullets, like the Sierra, Nosler, Berger in the 69 to 77 grain weights and see if there is a difference.

    I find it best to do a 10 shot ladder test to get the velocity node, then play with the COAL to tune the accuracy. In reality, a decent bullet should give you a very good load if you play with the various loading parameters.