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Prairie Dog
06-02-2012, 11:34 AM
Killing time trying to wear out the internet researching .223 vs .204. Anyway...at one point I ended up looking at Tikka T3's. They offer 2 different rate of twists in their .223's; 1:8 and 1:12. What little I know of .223's I thought 1:7 or 1:9 was the most common. ????

If you were considering a .223 for varmints/gophers/targets say out to 200 yards which rate of twist would you choose and what bullet grain would work best with each?


06-02-2012, 04:15 PM
1:8 is pretty common too. If you're going to shoot ONLY varmint bullets, in the 40-50gr range, the 1:12 is more apropriate. A 1:8 *probably* will not stabilize a 40 gr bullet, may spin it so fast that it comes apart in the air - unless you download to much MUCH slower speeds than the bullet is capable of.

If you were ONLY going to shoot bullets over 55gr, or wanted to dual purpose the rifle to a long range banger, the 1:8 is the best choice.

Remington offers .223 at 1:9 in the Tactical and 1:12 in the Varmint, in the 700 series rifles, they are pretty close to the same thing - that sorta gives you the general idea.

06-02-2012, 07:18 PM
Money no object, rifle in hand 204 is an extremely cool caliber... That being said, I love my .223 and have taken 3 shots on yotes with it... And have dispatched 3 yotes...

I love this level of caliber for all out target shooting also... Really, if you can fuel the 204 you can't go wrong... Its a neat caliber

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06-03-2012, 07:11 PM
I have an 8 twist on my 223 and it shoots 36gr varmint grenades very well and i drive them hard . they all end up on target and never had any blow up

06-03-2012, 07:22 PM
All of my .223 rifles are 1:9 and I've not had any problems with stabilizing light stuff or stuff up into the 75gr range.

Between the two listed choices the 1:8 is the more versatile one.

06-04-2012, 10:11 AM
my .223 is 1:9 and has been putting 55gr into 1/2" groups since I did a little trigger work.
Must be spinnin em right...
That's factory cheapo fmj ammo to boot...

06-04-2012, 10:16 PM
My savage is 1:9, shoots 40-53 gr really good with 50 gr nosler ballistic tips being the best. 60gr sierra hp dont shoot that great. Havent gone heavier and dont see then need to.