73 Grain Hornady Match ELD-M in 223

73 Grain Hornady Match ELD-M in 223

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    73 Grain Hornady Match ELD-M in 223

    I am looking for everyone's input. I have a 20" 1/9 twist on my Howa HB 223. My goal is to engage targets as far out as possible, but at least 600 yards. I'm still new and I am moving out in steps, currently shooting at 400. I am using 55 grain out to 300 and just started trying 68 grain Black Hills at 400 since my wife bought me 200 rounds as a gift (WHAT A WOMAN)!!

    My question is this: Everyone at the range are telling me I "should" be good up to 73-75 grains with my 1/9 twist barrel. Would this include these ELD rounds? I understand the grain may not be an issue but the length could. Your thoughts or experiences would help in this.

    Entering all the info in the JBM calculator it says the ELD will be supersonic until roughly 950 yards. Does this seem right? The BH 68 gr are not even close to that. From what I am reading (I understand there are as many opinions and variables in this as there are Army Regs) the accuracy is based on maintaining that supersonic pace. But does that mean once I am ready to attempt 600 or longer this round would be an good option considering my twist and barrel length? How will these perform at say 300?

    Thanks for your input

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    Looking at Hornady's 4DOf calculator you should be marginally stabilized. It will change a bit depending on your altitude and bullet velocity and stuff.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhyno430 View Post
    Looking at Hornady's 4DOf calculator you should be marginally stabilized. It will change a bit depending on your altitude and bullet velocity and stuff.


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    Marginally Stabilized does not sound good for accuracy. Thanks for your input!!

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    Are there any other similar factory rounds in the up 60 grain range? I see the 70 grain Berger but I'm not aware and can't find a factory round with this bullet. I'm not into reloading yet so I limited to factory ammo at the moment.

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    the 75 grain Hornady HPBT should due very well in the 9 twist.
    Look at the length of the bullets you are interested in and apply them to this calculator from Berger:
    http://www.bergerbullets.com/twist-rate-calculator/
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    Federal has a new offering out with a Berger 73gr bullet. It's a Gold Medal series GM223BH73.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustSgtPat View Post
    Marginally Stabilized does not sound good for accuracy. Thanks for your input!!
    It's not necessarily bad.

    It's still stabilized but you'll lose a little BC.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ltharley View Post
    Federal has a new offering out with a Berger 73gr bullet. It's a Gold Medal series GM223BH73.
    I can speak to the accuracy of 73gr Berger's through a 1:9 barrel. They shot like a dream from my un-modified SPS Tactical. Not totally unmodified but only the stock was changed.

    Also like the 75gr Hornad's too. Still shoot them in my 1:7 Benchmark barreled .223 with "bughole" accuracy at 100 Y. If wind is not a consideration they're accurate out beyond 500 yards, easily. Wind? Good Luck

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    Try shooting different weight bullets true that barrel before you make any large investment in ammo.
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    22 Caliber (.224 Diameter)

    The Berger site states the fellowing

    73 gr BT Target
    0.348
    0.178
    1.168
    1:8″(Optimal Twist)
    22420

    75 gr VLD Target
    0.421
    0.216
    0.989
    1:8″(Optimal Twist)
    22421

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