What grain bullet in a 1/9 twist 16" barrel

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  1. mookmanjdj

    mookmanjdj
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    I currently prefer to use a 55 gr bullet when I reload 223 rounds. If I load for a 1/9 twist 16" barrel, should I go up or down in weight if I am forced to use a different grain because of availability. Thanks for your help.
     
  2. Lindy

    Lindy
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    mookmanjdj
    Heavier bullets will be the same diameter as lighter ones but will be longer and reguire more spin to stabilyze them while in flight. That being said, I suggest that
    with Your 1/9 twist that You probably could shoot about a 75-80 grain bullet with no problems. if it were me I would go up in weight if possible.

    Good shooting

    Lindy
     
  3. AMProducts

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    with a 1:9 twist, you should be good down to about 50grs, but would be better off going heavier. For the 16" barrel, you might not want to get much heavier than 69gr as you won't have the muzzle velocity and twist to stabilize it. I don't recommend going to the really heavy weight bullets (75+)
     
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  5. mattdomes

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    55 gr to 62 gr bullets
     
  6. deadshot2

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    Lots of variables besides just weight to consider. Bullet shape, length, velocity, are a few.

    A long "VLD" bullet in a heavier weight will perform just as well as a lighter, shorter bullet.

    My 16" bbl AR's perform quite well with bullet weights from 50 gr to 77gr (SMK's). One is a 1:8 and the others are 1:9.

    Just remember that a 16" bbl AR is a "Carbine", not a "Sniper Rifle".
     

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