And to heck with barrel twists! You just have to trust some of us "old-school
pfhards" about what works & what does not! Those of us 50 & over know that
some firearms that are "way older than we are" with compromized barrels can
still be very accurate! My 1917 Luger is "not very pretty" in the bore...but it
is one very accurate handgun "on paper"! (And, the .223 is available in
nearly unlimited bullet weights)!
Why would you not pay attention to barrel twists and not make an educated purchase on a rifle that shoots bullets for which you intend to use the rifle for? If I were to buy a .223 with a 1:7 twist (very exaggerated scenario) that only shot 80gr. bullets and tried to use it to shoot ground squirrels, I think I would be very dissapointed in it's performance or ricochet like crazy and possibly do property damage or even worse, hurt someone. IMHO, I would take barrel twist into consideration...
ok my whole deal is that i dont know much about barrel twist ratios, if i were to buy a 1;12 or a 1;9 or even a 1;7 i know it means 1 twist per however many inches but if i bought a 1;9 would i still be able to fire lighter and faster bullet weights?
The slower the twist rate, ie. 1:12, the rifle will like to shoot lighter faster ammunition better suited for varminting. The quicker the twist rate, ie. 1:7, the rifle will like to shoot the heavier ammunition. Because each caliber will act differently in regards to barrelt twist, I would recommend that you do some research as to what twists guys are using in a bolt action .223 and what bullets weights they are using. Personally I don't own a bolt action .223, but I do have an AR in .223 with a 24" stainless 1:8 twist barrel. It doesn't like to group well with bullets lighter than 68gr. However, this may be a poor comparison in that an AR and a bolt gun will act completely different in regards to twist rates and bullet weights. I hope that I'm not confusing the hell out of you.
i mean i get it and it does make sense but with a 1;9 twist rate whats the heaviest bullet weight i can fire accurately and whats the lightest
Honestly this will depend totally on the gun. It's something you will have to just try and see. And just because one ammunition manufacturer's 69 gr. bullet doesn't shoot well for you, doesn't mean another one won't. Bullet weight is only one variable in the accuracy equation. Powder charge, bullet configuration and several other things all contribute as well.
My 1942 Mosin/Nagant ...(built by peasants for use by peasants) is deadly
accurate for its age! Don't dismiss an old weapon because it's older than you
might be! Between my old 1894 model .30-30 & my 1981 mdl 70 in .308 I have
put a lot of meat on the table!