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G23
05-31-2014, 05:06
I've purchased a new Ruger Hawkeye compact rifle. It is stainless with a laminate stock. It has a 16.5" barrel with a 1 in 9 RH twist according to specs.

I know there are many knowledgeable reloaders on this site, and am seeking some advice as to the best weight bullet for this barrel length and twist rate. I have a good supply of 55 grain .224 bullets on hand that I use to reload for another rifle. I was hoping that these bullets might work well with this barrel / twist combination also.

Also, any recommendations as to what might be the best powder for for this application. I have H4895 on hand, and have had good results using it in .204 and .222 rifles.

Thank you for all advice. It is appreciated.

Samuel_Hoggson
05-31-2014, 05:21
If you have a good barrel overstabilization is myth. I've used 50s and 55s in 1:7 5.56 bbls and can detect no significant difference in accuracy vs heavier projos.....at least none attributable to weight. You would have no trouble stabilizing any available 60-64 gr soft points.

There are scads of available canister powders suitable for .223. The 4895 burn rate is near perfect for most weights.

Sam

happie2shoot
05-31-2014, 05:27
Your 55gr will work good, some of the SX bullets may come apart.

The 1 in 9 should work up to the short 75gr, call the manufacture of
the bullet you want to use first, I like the 1 in 8 best.

Many powders work good, bullet weight will make a difference.

G23
05-31-2014, 06:31
I also discovered a stash of 50 grain bullets that I'd squirreled away. I'm guessing that these should work well also. :cool:

WeeWilly
05-31-2014, 07:30
I have a Savage bolt gun with a 1:9 barrel. It will stabilize most styles of bullets up to about 69 grains and a couple that go a little heavier.

4895 should work well.

fredj338
05-31-2014, 08:35
If you have a good barrel overstabilization is myth. I've used 50s and 55s in 1:7 5.56 bbls and can detect no significant difference in accuracy vs heavier projos.....at least none attributable to weight. You would have no trouble stabilizing any available 60-64 gr soft points.

There are scads of available canister powders suitable for .223. The 4895 burn rate is near perfect for most weights.

Sam
^^This^^^
Whether a bullet shoots well will be determined by the individual bbl. A fast twist will stabilize light bullets just fine in most instances, they are just spinning faster. My 1-7 & 1-8 ARs handle the 50-55 gr bullets just fine.

J Lee
05-31-2014, 16:20
62 grain- When I bought my Bushmaster 15 or so years ago, I was told by an engineer there that 62gr was the optimal bullet for 1:9 twist barrels. Of course there is a chance that I could have been talking to a janitor but I took it as fact and have had good results with bullets 55-62gr.

Samuel_Hoggson
05-31-2014, 16:53
Your 55gr will work good, some of the SX bullets may come apart.

This is a good point. The problem is not bullet weight or even velocity, per se - it's construction. The 40 gr Nosler works just fine with about any twist.

To the usual list of potential offenders, ie., Hornady SX and Sierra Blitz, I would add Remington Power-lokt 50s and 55s. I have never been able to make Power-lokts group from a 1:7. Yet, at 4000+ fps (.220 Swift) they are tackdrivers.

Sam