HEAVY BULLETS IN THE 223 REMINGTON

I have never been able to shoot the heavier bullets in any of the 22 caliber rifles that I have tried. All of then had the standard 14-inch twist. The other day I got hold of a second hand Remington 700 BDL in 222 Remington. Upon examination, the barrel had a few rust pits in it, but the action and the stock looked just fine. I put a bore scope through the barrel. The throat area looked great, but about half way down the barrel it was absolutely awful! The surface of the bore was eaten by rust for about 4 inches.

I have a Hart 22 caliber barrel blank, # 4, which has a 9-inch twist. I thought of replacing the factory barrel on this rifle, with this one and see how the heavier 60 grains and above would shoot.

I chambered the barrel for the 223 Remington, as I have just received a brand new reamer from Dan Green of Forgreen Tool Manufacturing Co. The reamer was cut for the minimum SAAMI specs. The barrel was then finished and crowned at a final length of 27 inches. I bedded the rifle in an H-S Precision synthetic stock.

I went through the minimum of barrel break in. That is I fired 5 rounds cleaning the barrel after each round. Then I fired 5 more rounds, cleaned the barrel again, and then fired two fouling rounds and proceeded with the following tests.

We used the Federal 205M primers in Federal Gold Medal 223 cases. All bullets were molly coated, and seated long enough to engage the rifling.

All groups are 5 shots at 100 yards.

POWDER

VELOCITY

GROUPS

BULLETS

       

26.0 RELOADER 15

3129

0.587

BRAWAND 52

26.5

3181

0.722

 

27.0

3246

0.438

 

27.5

3322

0.280

 

24.0 VVN 133

3269

0.805

HORNADY 52 A MAX

24.5

3346

0.628

 

25.0

3415

0.725

 

25.5

3481

0.738

 

26.0

3511

1.152

 

24.0

3126

0.279

HORNADY 60 V MAX

24.5

3188

0.534

 

25.0

3259

0.807

 

25.5

3300

0.515

 

24.0 VVN 135

2942

0.425

 

24.5

3033

0.426

 

25.0

3095

0.598

 

25.5

3160

0.543

 

26.0

3189

0.293

 

26.5

3235

0.488

 

27.0

3312

0.479

 

25.0 VARGET

2919

0.720

BERGER 60 HP

25.5

2992

0.350

 

26.0

3058

0.235

 

26.5

3129

0.507

 

27.0

3174

0.713

 

27.5

3221

0.281

 

28.0

3288

0.216

 

24.5 RELOADER 15

2850

0.753

 

25.5

2993

0.536

 

26.5

3121

0.597

 

27.0

3184

0.289

 

27.5

3205

0.679

 

25.0

2900

0.585

BERGER 65 HP

25.5

2958

0.218

 

26.0

3012

1.031

 

26.5

3067

1.040

 

28.5 W 760

3009

0.705

BERGER 70 VLD

29.0

3051

1.060

 

23.0 BL-C 2

2586

0.654

 

24.0

2712

0.676

 

24.5

2765

1.150

 

25.0

2779

1.017

 

24.0 H 335

2931

1.090

 

24.5

3021

2.299

 

25.0

3068

2.479

 

25.5

3135

2.986

 

23.0 H 4895

2766

0.338

 

23.5

2847

0.299

 

24.0

2912

0.459

 

24.5

2961

0.723

 

25.0

3015

0.588

 

25.5

3072

1.299

 

26.0

3160

0.977

 

24.0 VVN 135

2920

0.819

 

24.5

2963

1.122

 

25.0

3019

0.731

 

25.5

3068

0.448

 

25.0 VVN 540

2907

0.657

 

25.5

2968

0.762

 

26.0

3034

0.470

 

26.5

3085

0.535

 

27.0

3170

0.761

 

26.0 H 380

2671

0.670

 

25.0 VARGET

2918

 

SIERRA 69 MATCH KING

25.5

2983

0.401

 

26.0

3023

0.438

 

26.5

3059

0.425

 

27.0

3113

0.205

 

27.5

3165

0.419

 

24.0

2773

1.078

BERGER 75 VLD

24.5

2824

2.136

 

25.0

2868

1.970

 

25.5

2934

1.413

 

24.0 VVN 540

2757

1.788

 

24.5

2819

1.162

 

25.0

2890

1.710

 

25.5

2953

1.070

 

26.0 VVN 550

2828

0.865

 

26.5

2882

0.408

 

27.0

2929

0.270

 

27.5

2984

0.740

 

28.0

3060

0.711

 

25.0

2694

0.654

BERGER 80 VLD

25.5

2739

1.061

 

26.0

2799

1.138

 

26.0 W 760

2650

0.689

 

26.5

2708

0.860

 

27.0

2766

0.480

 

27.5

2806

0.602

 

28.0

2849

0.174

 
       
       

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