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Aim point change going from 55gr to 68gr bullets in AR-15?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Gunner3456, Oct 6, 2009.

  1. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    All of the bullets I have for my AR-15 are 55 gr. Whether fmj, hp or psp, they all shoot to the nearly the same place on target (using the same recipe) without sighting in the gun again for each bullet type.

    I have a chance to do a trade for some 68 gr hollow point hornady bullets for reloading. Does anyone know from experience how much that would affect my aim point (resetting the scope) out to about, say, 300 yards?

    Thanks. :thumbup:
     
  2. NK777

    NK777 West of Portland Member

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    The heavier bullet will likely drop a bit more but that's about it. The wind will have less effect on it.
     
  3. the4thshake

    the4thshake Portland Active Member

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    Using a 200 yard zero and 2.6" sight height will give you somewhere around......

    55 grain
    100 yards +.8"
    200 yards zero
    300 yards -6.2

    68 grain
    100 yards +1.2"
    200 yards sero
    300 yards -7.5

    The heavier bullets are more stable in the wind and carry more energy down range.
     
  4. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    Handloads, factory, or std ballistics tables?
     
  5. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    Is that assuming the same muzzle velocity as measured with a chronograph?
     
  6. the4thshake

    the4thshake Portland Active Member

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    Thats just copied from a ballistics table. Your results will vary but that will give you a ballpark idea. I believe the data is for a 24" barrel. I have yet to find a ballistics calculator that is spot on. You have to shoot it and see to be exact. How long is your barrel? I have a bunch of chronograph numbers for a 16" barrel.
     
  7. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    Yes, for now this is a 16" AR-15. Thanks for the help.
     
  8. torpedoman

    torpedoman land of corrupt politicians Member

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    it will definitely move but the movement will be dictitated more by barrel harmonics than weight.
     
  9. the4thshake

    the4thshake Portland Active Member

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    I'll post some of my chronograph numbers for factory ammo. This is out of a 16" 1-8 twist with the chrony about 10ft from the muzzle. All figures are an average of at least 5 shots, rounded to the nearest 10fps.

    Federal American Eagle XM193 55gr fmj 3190fps

    Remington UMC 55gr fmj 2920fps

    PMC 55g fmj 2830fps

    Ultramax 68gr otm 2580fps

    Black Hills blue box 69gr smk 2780fps

    Federal Match 69gr smk 2740fps

    Ultramax 75gr otm 2500fps

    Black Hills red box 75gr otm 2600fps

    Black Hills blue box 75gr otm 2660fps

    Federal Match 77gr smk 2570fps

    Black Hills red box 77gr smk 2510fps

    Black Hills blue box 77gr smk 2580fps

    :thumbup: