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Old December 7, 2009, 03:01 PM   #1
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223 loads for son-in-laws' stocking stuffers

223 loads for stocking stuffers for son-in-laws
One son-in-law has AR 15 in 1:7 twist. The other has a Mini-14 in 1:9 twist.

What bullet would you suggest for me to handload (I have H335 or Benchmark powders) so I can stuff their stocking with range ammo this Christmas? Looking for an economical bullet that would function well in both rifles for informal plinking.
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Old December 7, 2009, 03:16 PM   #2
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The 7" twist is for heavier target ammo. The only bullets that pop into mind as easily compatible with both the 7 and 9 and the slower of your two powders are the 77 grain Sierra MatchKings, but those are not economy bullets. Of course, if it's truly just plinking, overstabilizing something a bit light won't matter that much unless they go so fast they come apart from the excess spin. Perhaps the flat base 60 grain Hornady hollow point would be a good compromise?
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Old December 7, 2009, 03:45 PM   #3
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Hornady 55gr FMJ in bulk are priced pretty well. If you want a step up from plinking ammo try the 55gr or 60gr Hornady VMax.
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Old December 7, 2009, 04:15 PM   #4
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I agree, a 60 grain VMax is a pretty great bullet for hunting most game, and atm, hornady prices are down. Check out Cabelas for some great deals on them. Id suggest a single bulk order, you get a lot more bang for your buck.

BTW, i think thats about the most thoughtful idea for a stocking stuffer i have ever heard of. Nice work!

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Old December 7, 2009, 04:41 PM   #5
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Hornady 55gr fmj bulk. I use many differant powders. H335 & RL15 have shown the best accuracy for me. My best loads have been found at or very near the published Max loads. Work up to max carefully.

A wonderful stocking stuffer idea.
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Old December 7, 2009, 06:00 PM   #6
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These are some nice bullets. I bought 500 and will buy more. The weight should do well in both guns. I recommend Varget or H-4895 or IMR 4895 powder.
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Old December 7, 2009, 07:27 PM   #7
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1:9 might not stabilize a bullet larger than 69 gr.
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Old December 7, 2009, 08:35 PM   #8
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You might like these also?

69 Grains work in both twists just fine...|281|727

The "Accuracy Load" in Sierra's book has the H-335 powder listed for 63 grain bullets

Never used H-335 others have said midrange weights for usage. With the fast twists

the 60-63 might be the best bullet weights.
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Old December 8, 2009, 09:04 PM   #9
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H335, Hornady bulk 55 JSP or FMJ. Same load with this bullet works great in my Mini14 and my 1/8 target AR.
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Old December 8, 2009, 09:28 PM   #10
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I guess it depends on how much you really like them....

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