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Old June 19, 2017, 02:18 PM   #1
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Help me pick an accurate round.

Hello TFL,

18" SS barrel, 223 Wylde
1:8 twist

I am planning on going to the range and shooting some groups with various loads, but I am not sure which loads to bring with me! I have read that for 1:8 I am looking for heavier loads, but could I get some suggestions? This will be for coyote hunting, 300 yards and in... so if any varmint loads would be a big bonus! Brand and bullet weight would be awesome. Thanks!
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Old June 19, 2017, 02:51 PM   #2
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Here's mine: 50 Nosler BT/26.4 TAC/CCI 450/3,257 fps/Std 5.7. Shoots inside an inch from a White Oak Arms 20" 1:8 varmint barrel. White Oak has their own version of a Wylde chamber. You only need heavy bullets to carry for long range target shooting or plunking Bambi.
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Old June 19, 2017, 02:58 PM   #3
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I should have mentioned... I am not a hand loader. I can infer from your handloads, so I'll take what information that is offered, but if you have a favorite factory load, that would be ideal.
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Old June 19, 2017, 04:16 PM   #4
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223 Wyled? Who make's factory loads for it?
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Old June 20, 2017, 09:07 AM   #5
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Don 223 Wylde chambering is a happy compromise between 223 and 556, it can shoot both reliably.
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Old June 20, 2017, 09:12 AM   #6
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If I'm shooting factory, it's whatever is cheap. Just get a variety of "premium " ammo and try 'em . Be aware that commercial .223 varmint loads may run a little slow in your AR. They are designed for longer barrel bolt action .223 chambered rifles.
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Old June 20, 2017, 09:19 AM   #7
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Many of the varmint loads are lighter weight.

77gr seems to do very well out of my 1:8 18" 223 Wylde. I would look at Hornady 75 or 77gr. I also like Asym, black hills, CDC, IMI. Be fully aware however many factory rounds with 68-77gr are expensive.

However, 1:8 twist is pretty good at stabilizing most bullets. You may want to just try whichever you prefer. I would assume you will still be able to achieve plenty of accuracy out of lighter varmint rounds. If you are looking for the 1 most accurate load, maybe it would be heavier bullets but every barrel is different and just because it is a wylde with a 1:8 twist doesn't mean it cant shoot amazing with lighter weight bullets.
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