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K22
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Posted - Sep 13 2017 :  20:48:08  Show Profile Send K22 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have a chance to obtain a Tikka T3 in a 223 Rem with an 8" twist.

All my experience with the 223 Rem is with bolt rifle having a 12" twist and using 50 and 55 grain bullets.

My question is will 55 grain bullets such as the Nosler 55 BT or Hornady 55 Vmax work with an 8" twist or is a heavy bullet required for accurate results.

Zero333
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Canada
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Posted - Sep 13 2017 :  23:42:33  Show Profile Send Zero333 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have a 9" twist 223 Rem700 20" bbl and it will shot anything nicely. It's more picky about powder than bullet weight.

I also seen a few 233 9" twist Savages that shot 55 grainers very very nicely.


Treat that trigger like it’s your first date, not like you’ve been married to it for 20 years.
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Kosh75287
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USA
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Posted - Sep 13 2017 :  23:49:44  Show Profile Send Kosh75287 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm not sure if 1:8" twists will stabilize 55 gr. projectiles, but I'd get the rifle. There are a great many heavier projectiles out there which will work wonderfully, and you'll like the final results.

God bless Jeff Cooper

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Edited by - Kosh75287 on Sep 13 2017 23:50:15
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Shastaboat
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Posted - Sep 14 2017 :  00:39:55  Show Profile Send Shastaboat a Private Message  Reply with Quote
9" and 8" twist barrels will stabilize 55 gr bullets just fine.
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budlight
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USA
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Posted - Sep 14 2017 :  02:10:48  Show Profile Send budlight a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Tikka T3 seems to have a 570mm barrel which is @ 22.44 inches. You would be on the edge of 55 grain with 8 twist.

true 223 runs at lower velocity than say a wylde or 5.56 higher pressure rounds. I would say to shoot it and if the paper holes are not round and it shoots all over the paper decrease the FPS to where the groups become tiny. I got rid of a 20 inch 5.56 7 twist AR because it was worthless with 55 grain because the added expense of having to use 75 grain match type bullets was not worth it to me. I loaded 55 grain down to like 2800 fps and it started to group, but that defeated the intended purpose.

I shoot full powered 5.56 55gr out of 18 inch 8 twist just about 3100 fps. so you could also try that fps
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ethmoid1999
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USA
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Posted - Sep 14 2017 :  07:57:50  Show Profile Send ethmoid1999 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ihave a Savage AXIS. Don't know the twist. It shoots 55 Hornady V-Max and Sierra 55 BT bullets great.
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budlight
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USA
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Posted - Sep 14 2017 :  11:42:03  Show Profile Send budlight a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ethmoid1999

Ihave a Savage AXIS. Don't know the twist. It shoots 55 Hornady V-Max and Sierra 55 BT bullets great.



Why didn't you both to look it up?

http://www.savagearms.com/firearms/model/axis
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ethmoid1999
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USA
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Posted - Sep 14 2017 :  14:20:57  Show Profile Send ethmoid1999 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
No time Bud.
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budlight
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USA
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Posted - Sep 14 2017 :  14:52:46  Show Profile Send budlight a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The axis is a 9 twist 22 inch good up to using 75 grain match bullets
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EnglishTom
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Posted - Sep 14 2017 :  16:59:29  Show Profile  Click to see EnglishTom's MSN Messenger address Send EnglishTom a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My Winchester 70 is a 1:8 twist and ive use 52g Vmax a few times they shoot fine using VV N133. It shoots best with a 69/70g bt using VV N140
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ethmoid1999
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USA
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Posted - Sep 15 2017 :  05:59:30  Show Profile Send ethmoid1999 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks Bud!
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bobnob
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Australia
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Posted - Sep 15 2017 :  16:17:47  Show Profile Send bobnob a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have an RAR .223 with the 8 twist. Shoots 40, 55 and 75 grain bullets all very very well.

The 55 and the 75 grainers shoot to basically the same point of impact at 125 yards. The 55g are maybe 0.25" higher.
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