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Old February 7, 2012, 09:47 PM   #1
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bullet weight ?

What weight bullets would be good to shoot with a 16" barrel with a 5R 1 in 8 twist ?
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Old February 7, 2012, 10:14 PM   #2
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In what caliber, hoping for what velocity, to what purpose?
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Old February 7, 2012, 10:23 PM   #3
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Assuming you're talking about an AR-15 in .223 (16", 1-8" twist, 5R, probably a Smith and Wesson one at that), you can shoot any bullet that will fit into the magazine.

Actually, a 1-8" will stabilize the 75 and 80gr VLD bullets pretty well too. They have to be single loaded because they won't fit in the magazine and are pretty much a handloading-only proposition, but there it is.
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Old February 7, 2012, 10:30 PM   #4
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Good to shoot - I've used 55 gr FMJ, V-max and SP and 62 gr FMJ from Lake City. The V-max was most accurate.
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Old February 7, 2012, 10:42 PM   #5
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I thought that the 75/77 grain bullets could be loaded to mag length?
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Old February 8, 2012, 12:48 AM   #6
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I thought that the 75/77 grain bullets could be loaded to mag length?
That depends on which 75-77 gr bullets you're talking about.

Not all bullets are created equal.
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Old February 8, 2012, 09:40 PM   #7
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Are you going to tell us which brand can be loaded to Mag length, or just tease us?
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Old February 9, 2012, 12:39 AM   #8
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140 to 160 grain should shoot just fine.

You are talking about 6.5mm right?
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Old February 9, 2012, 12:44 AM   #9
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If your talking about .223/5.56 from what I'm reading 62 grain and up will group the best.
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Old February 9, 2012, 09:25 PM   #10
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Are you going to tell us which brand can be loaded to Mag length, or just tease us?
It depends:

Nosler 77gr Custom Competitions = Magazine length
Sierra 77gr Match Kings = Magazine length
Hornady 75gr HPBT = Magazine length
Hornady 75gr A-Max = too long for magazine
Berger 75gr VLD = too long for magazine

It's not necessarily specific to a given bullet weight so much as bullet shape. The 80gr bullets, the 75gr A-Max and the Berger VLDs are longer, spikier bullets for shooting long-range.
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Old February 11, 2012, 07:59 AM   #11
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Wow, thats a selection. I need to dust off the Mini-14 and see if its 1-7" can shoot some heavyweights.
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Old February 11, 2012, 08:11 AM   #12
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Wow, thats a selection. I need to dust off the Mini-14 and see if its 1-7" can shoot some heavyweights.
Sure it can, depending on your chamber and throat.
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Old February 13, 2012, 12:13 AM   #13
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Hornady 75gr A-Max = too long for magazine
Berger 75gr VLD = too long for magazine
Depends on the magazine For some, 80gr SMKs fit just fine.
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