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I like the idea of Barnes bullets, and have seen impressive performance with X-Bullets in several calibers before. Now Barnes has a 70 grain .224 inch bullet in their Triple Shock X (TSX) line. It's a boat tail too. They warn to use a 1:9 or 1:8 twist barrel to stabilize it.

So, the gears upstairs got to turning...

If Federal can push their 69 grain .223 SMK to 3000 fps, you should be able to do it with a handload with the 70 grain TSX. The all copper construction should make the bullet able to go through light cover better.

Of course, I worry about barrel life with such a long bullet and a faster twist, as barrel life is one of big benefits of a .223. The bullets aren't cheap either, but Barnes must have had the .223 in mind to introduce a heavy .224" bullet; no other .22 uses bullets in this weight range.

Thoughts?
 

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My only thought is that i want to run a box through the AR-15 to see what happens. My barrel is a 20 inch 1:9" .
 

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Spade that would be great round in your new AR, just like we talked about.
 

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yeah, its damn near the exact handload we discussed.
 

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yeah they sell an 80 something grain 223 thats supposedly only made for "throated match rifles"

Ive seen it, never ordered it or shot it though.
 
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