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Old February 15, 2012, 01:44 AM   #1
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Any .224 fmj bullets worth a darn

I bought some bulk .224 62gr fmj's, not worth crap. Same for my bulk 55gr FMJ bullets. I think they are both PRIVI, I ask now. The thing is that reading around it doesn't seem and of the 55gr FMJ's are any good.

How about Remington, Hornady and Winchesters? Are any of them worth a darn? I'm not looking for match stuff, but under 2 inches might be nice. I've been using TAC, Will try some 748 this weekend. I might dip into my precious Varget just to see if I can get the bullets to shoot. I wanted to use a spherical so I don't have to trickle every charge.

At this rate I might as well use military pulled.
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Old February 15, 2012, 01:57 AM   #2
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I use Hornady 55gr FMJ-BT with cannelure.
I think Varget will be too slow with 55 gr bullets.
I use it with my 69gr SMK's
I use IMR XBR 8208 with the 55gr. Good velocity and not much flash.
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Old February 15, 2012, 03:43 AM   #3
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The Winchester 55 gr FMJs and SPs are absolute crap. Stay far away.

Remington 55s are tolerable, but not great.

Hornady 55s are great bullets, especially for the price.
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Old February 15, 2012, 08:08 AM   #4
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reading around it doesn't seem and of the 55gr FMJ's are any good
Widener's Lake City 55(xm193 projectiles) will shoot under 2" without unexplainable fliers out of my 16" 1 in 7. I use H335 and WSR primers with them loaded fairly hot, so that's all I got on powder/primers, but they make good plinkers, FCD crimped, and shoot consistant enough for me.

Tried 1000 Armscor 62 grainers and failed to hit anything smaller than 4 or 5 inches so I know what you mean.
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Old February 15, 2012, 08:12 AM   #5
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I use both Sierra and PRVI 50 and 55 grain bullets in my .222.

The Sierra 50 grain seem to shoot a little tighter, but the 50 and 55 grain PRVI works for me.
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Old February 15, 2012, 10:54 AM   #6
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Well, I need to separate issues. My 55 grain V-max load using Varget will stack them in one hole from my RRA NM. So I might as well try that in the M-4 with 55gr FMJ's, And I might as well burn some WW748 while I'm at it. I think I have a little 4198 left, why not.

I wanted a spherical powder so I can run the loads fast. I want to make 2000 or so and put them on strippers. Three to a vacuum sealed pack and stack them away. Then I can rotate stock.

I'm going to loose that goofy expandable stock and put on either an A-2 stock or a Magpull MOE. I don't see room clearing or CQB in the future for my fat old butt. And that trigger is gritty as all heck. A two stage match trigger would be nice.
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