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Tommy Gun
11-30-2003, 10:18
I shoot a Bushmaster AR with a 24"brl with a 1:9 twist. Any recommendations on bullet type and weight? I would like the best bullet for “coydog” and/or smaller varmints. Accuracy and terminal performance would be most important. Thanks for any suggestions.

11-30-2003, 10:38

Do you reload? If so, the 60 grain AMAX bullet works very well in my Bushmaster Varminter. The effect it has on groundhogs around here is quite nasty. Average group for five shots is around .35 or so. I use it with W748 powder.

I think Hornady loads a similar VMAX bullet from the factory. Either the VMAX or AMAX as long as it shoots well from your rifle put the critters down hard.

Tommy Gun
12-01-2003, 06:01
Savage, no I don't reload. Some day I hope to but for now I have to use factory stuff.

Hornady sure seems to make good stuff. I shoot the light magnum in my .06 and it shoots the best of anything I have tried. I will try them in my AR. Any thoughts on the moly-coated bullets vs. non-moly or specific bullet weight?

12-01-2003, 13:32
I use 50 grain Nosler BT's handloaded over a maximum charge of Win 748 in my Bushie Varminter. Does a fine job on coyotes.

12-02-2003, 00:17
My old Mini 14 and 1:9" twist AR absolutely loves the Black Hills 52gr HPBTs. I exploded a couple ground hogs pretty well with them.


12-05-2003, 11:14
There are people that swear by Moly and those that don't. My experience with Moly was in 1000 yard benchrest. Moly would often allow many shooters to shoot several shots very tight but would then throw one either high or low, straight up or down. Now, this was at 1000. It would not be nearly as pronounced at short ranges, plus it's much easier to clean up.

My Varminter has been able to stabilize up to 75 grainers in a 1 in 9 twist barrel. Seems impossible, but it does. 69 Grain Sierras are the top load so far.

For Varmints, I'd keep it lighter than that. Something between 50 and 60 grains.

12-05-2003, 22:30
Black Hills V-max 50 and 60 grainers (reman) shoot well out of my ARs and Remmy 700. :)

Tommy Gun
12-07-2003, 17:24
Originally posted by sarge
I use 50 grain Nosler BT's handloaded over a maximum charge of Win 748 in my Bushie Varminter. Does a fine job on coyotes.

Nice pic Sarge. ^6 Looks like a fine set up.... I have a pre-ban A2, 24", H-bar Bushmaster. Got to shoot it more. Needs a nice scope.

What kind/type of scope is that?

Thanks for the replies and the best wishes to you all.

12-07-2003, 17:53

Thanks for the comment on the pic. I like taking hunting pics. I recently picked up an Olympus D380 on closeout, and it has been a really nice digi-cam to carry with me when I hunt. It was cheap enough on clearance that I can carry it hunting , and if something happens to is, I won't cry too much.

The scope is a Simmons AETEC 3.8x12x44AO. I have several of these on different rifles, and really like 'em. The local shop sells 'em for $140. The mount is a Rock River. I picked it up off the net for ~$40.