69gr. varmint ammo


Firearm & Gun Forum - FireArmsTalk.com > Long Guns > General Rifle Discussion > 69gr. varmint ammo

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-14-2010, 10:13 PM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Squirrel_Slayer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Rocklin,California
Posts: 1,135
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default 69gr. varmint ammo

Does anyone know of a manufacturer that makes a frangible bullet in the 68 or 69 grain range in a .224 dia. acceptable for use in an AR? Right now I am shooting Matchkings and I am afraid those are going to ricochet like crazy!



__________________
Squirrel_Slayer is offline  
 
Reply With Quote

Join FirearmsTalk.com Today - It's Free!

Are you a firearms enthusiast? Then we hope you will join the community. You will gain access to post, create threads, private message, upload images, join groups and more.

Firearms Talk is owned and operated by fellow firearms enthusiasts. We strive to offer a non-commercial community to learn and share information.

Join FirearmsTalk.com Today! - Click Here


Old 09-14-2010, 10:24 PM   #2
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
jpattersonnh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: South central,NH
Posts: 4,996
Liked 710 Times on 488 Posts
Likes Given: 730

Default

Match bullets are not designed to hunt w/ period. Why don't you try Sierra 63gr SMP. They have been excellent in my Bushmaster and CZ, both are 1:9. I've seen a few riccocets over the years, that is "a few". Don't shoot at rocks!



__________________

Freedom is not free. The best of us always leave too soon.

jpattersonnh is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-2010, 10:34 PM   #3
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Squirrel_Slayer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Rocklin,California
Posts: 1,135
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

My AR has a Wilson Combat 1:8 twist match barrel, won't group for hell with anything less than a 69 gr bullet. It's my fault for getting a rifle barrel with a 1:8 twist, it's just that the 1:10 twist was not in stock.

__________________
Squirrel_Slayer is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-2010, 10:56 PM   #4
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
jpattersonnh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: South central,NH
Posts: 4,996
Liked 710 Times on 488 Posts
Likes Given: 730

Default

Your rifle should stablize 55gr and up. 1:7 is used for 62gr military ball. If both of my 1:9 shoot them very well, your rifle should also.

__________________

Freedom is not free. The best of us always leave too soon.

jpattersonnh is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-2010, 11:03 PM   #5
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Squirrel_Slayer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Rocklin,California
Posts: 1,135
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

50, 55, and 60 grainers are shoot like garbage. I shot some 68 grain factory stuff thought grouped pretty decent, so I loaded up a bunch of 69 Sierra Matchkings with 25.4grains of Varget behind em, and voila, 1/2 MOA. I may shoot ground squirrels with em but just out of the bed on my truck so I am elevated, should equal less ricochets.

__________________
Squirrel_Slayer is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-2010, 11:45 PM   #6
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
jpattersonnh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: South central,NH
Posts: 4,996
Liked 710 Times on 488 Posts
Likes Given: 730

Default

Try a different powder. I use H335, BLC(2), and IMR4064 for .223. Your rifle may like the lighter bullets w/ a faster powder.

__________________

Freedom is not free. The best of us always leave too soon.

jpattersonnh is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-2010, 11:49 PM   #7
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Squirrel_Slayer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Rocklin,California
Posts: 1,135
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

I was loading those lighter rounds with Reloader 7 and I did a full load work up with each. I found some Speer soft points online in 70gr. that may be suitable for varminting...

__________________
Squirrel_Slayer is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2010, 12:29 AM   #8
Crazy Azz Redneck
FTF_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Txhillbilly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 3,523
Liked 1196 Times on 686 Posts
Likes Given: 575

Default

Squirrel,All of my 223's have 1-8 twist.I shoot 55-80gr bullets through all of them.It isn't the bullet,it's your load.
H322,H335,BL-C(2),Varget,IMR 4895,and Reloader 10 are the powders that I use.
My AR's like to shoot 60gr Vmax's over the 55's,but they will still shoot 1/2-3/4" groups with the 55gr's and the right powder.

I've been trying the Speer 70gr & the Sierra 65gr soft points out,but haven't found the perfect combination yet.

You will just need to work up a load that your gun likes,but I have always had very good results with H335 with 55/60gr Vmax's.

__________________
Txhillbilly is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2010, 12:36 AM   #9
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Stafford, Virginia,The state of insanity.
Posts: 14,043
Liked 34 Times on 29 Posts

Default

Boy I am glad that no one ever uses SMK to hunt varmints with.

That is all we shot growing up 52gr SMK in every 22 cf we owned.

Squirrels just exploded when we shot them all all the way out to 400 yards.



__________________
cpttango30 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Firearms Forum Replies Last Post
Remington sps varmint in the .204 and .17? remington708 The Club House 3 05-09-2011 07:27 PM
CZ 550 Varmint .308 willfully armed General Rifle Discussion 6 03-04-2010 02:11 AM
CZ 452 varmint ccd8541 Range Report 10 08-29-2009 11:27 PM