Poll - .223 FMJ-BT vs HPBT

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by AMProducts, Dec 14, 2014.

.223 - 55gr FMJ-BT vs HPBT if the price was the same

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  1. AMProducts

    AMProducts
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    I know that my preference is to use HPBT for almost everything, but I often load lots of FMJ-BT mostly due to cost. I'm curious what other people's preferences are.
     
  2. Reno911

    Reno911
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    I usually load the 62g fmjbt surplus projectiles when I can get them in bulk for cheap.
     
  3. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim
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    I personally like the HPBT.

    I would like to know if the 60gn V-Max HP flat bottoms are reliable? I found some load data using IMR3031 with the 55gn HPBT.
     
  4. gunfreak

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    On sale the 55 gr BT FMJ are $12.50 at Bi-Mart, my son's Mini-14 is a suppressive fire/zombie killer so those work for me.
     
  5. Osmosis

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    69 sierra's are the winners ;)
     
  6. Reno911

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    +1 for 69g match kings.

    If your loading for accuracy this is the bullet.
     
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  7. Papercidal

    Papercidal
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    69gr smk
     
  8. 2ndtimer

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    I load a lot of the Hornady 55 gr Soft Point (bulk with cannelure). Just ordered 1000 of them for $89.90 shipped. They work decently for plinking, varmints and (IMO) personal defense. But if the only option is HP vs FMJ, I would go Hollowpoint very time, as they are typically more accurate and should do a better job of retaining their core when they run into something.
     
  9. AMProducts

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    I'm designing some tooling, I'm debating making FMJ-BT, or HPBT, it's really the same cost in materials, and theoretically it's the same price in labor. With that in mind, if I could sell them for the same price as FMJ I want to know if there's a market for them.
     
  10. Osmosis

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    Consistent, superbly accurate projectiles comparable to the sierra matchkings will always have a market.
     
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  11. warnerwh

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    I would buy them if they are consistent quality. I need them capable of less than 1" groups.
     
  12. Caveman Jim

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    Yes I would buy HP's over FMJ because I like to shoot what I will use in a defensive situation.
     
  13. SeattleDude

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    69 SMK for accuracy and Hornady 55gr FMJ for plinking
     
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  14. Nwcid

    Nwcid
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    55gr FMJ or 62gr, whatever is cheeper for plinking. Hand loaded 55gr Nosler ballistic tip for my target/game gun.
     
  15. P7id10T

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    CJ: I have found in all my loads that the flat base just reduces the accuracy range. Plinking ammo works for me.
     
  16. Caveman Jim

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    I appreciate your knowledge, I kind of figured but is great to have the experienced advice.;)
     
  17. Ron Eagle Elk

    Ron Eagle Elk
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    Berger VLD 70 grain BTHP is my go to for .223.
     
  18. FOWELKILLER

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    55gr hornady fmj for plinking,hornady 55gr sp for the yotyky,but ill try anything at a cheap price.tell ya what you sponser my hunting career and ill tell ya how they work.:D
     
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  19. kfbigdog

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    Hard to beat 50 gr. Hornaday ballistic tip (zombie) bullets I personally like pushing them with 21 grains of IMR 4198 powder. Shoots about 3050 fps. I shoot 3/8 MOA at 100 yards. (cover 3 shots with a dime). Also I get 333 rounds per pound of powder, perhaps the most efficient when it comes to speed/accuracy/price.
    Hope this helps.

    :)
     
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  20. DieselScout

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    This isn't going to help, but I really don't care. If they feed from a magazine, shoot well and accurate like a target bullet should, then it really doesn't matter. Form follow function, make me a good quality well priced bullet and I'll buy it.
     

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