223 Rem, Hornady 68g Match; Varget, Accurate 2230
Good Morning Reloaders. Today’s video is about the Hornady 68g Match BTHP Bullet. I am loading them up with Varget and Accurate 2230. I am using my Savage Axis 223. I picked this rifle up over Christmas break for $157. It had a $100 rebate that I received about a month later. This rifle has a EGW 20 MOA base. First I put on a Sightron SiH-TAC 3-9×40 scope. I have recently put a Vortex Viper 6-24×50 on it. This is the first time out with the Viper.
I reached a thousand yards with this gun about a week after I got it, shooting the Hornady 73g ELD’s. I tried almost every powder I could get my hands on for this bullet. I decided on the Varget load. I shot an amazing group at 500 then took them out to 1k, getting 4 hits. These 73’s are more designed for a faster twist, like 1-7 or 1-8. They did stabilize in my 1-9 with a 22″ barrel. In my opinion they shot okay, but not great. I did try them in my AR with a 1-9 twist and a 16″ barrel, and they was all over the place, even key holing a few.
These 68g bullets are more in line with my twist rate. The Hornady Load Data only goes up to the 60g bullet, so for my data I used the 223 Service Rifle Data, which is basically a 5.56 load. I did reach some pressure in this video. So extreme caution should be used. The best group I had, was a 1/2 inch group with the 2230. This video was recorded about 2 weeks ago.
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