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Posted: 8/1/2011 9:44:53 AM EST
Out of a non-chrome lined 1x9 twist 16", I have recovered several targets with puncture holes that resemble the exact shape of the side profile of a bullet. Each target was stapled to a tree so I wasn't sure if the weird shape was due to actual tumbling or if the unique green-tip LAP bullets mis-shaping immediately upon impact. Shooting regular Winchester 5.56 55gr FMJ, the hole is a perfect circle as I am used to. This PMC X-Tac 62gr LAP ammo has produced these weird holes up to 40 yards, yet has been just as accurate. Are my bullets tumbling and why? Is this bad for the barrel? The round also feeds a bit rougher than the regular FMJ, however the rifle has never skipped a beat while firing the. Not one hiccup. I have invested in hundreds of these rounds so I am sort of stuck unless this is normal for what I should be expecting with this round.

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Link Posted: 8/1/2011 11:19:30 AM EST
Post pics of the paper target and the tree that the bullets impacted... Sounds strange.

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Link Posted: 8/1/2011 11:22:58 AM EST
Shoot a few at 200yd if you can. You can hear the difference between stable and tumbling bullets. The tumblers will have a "whiiiiiishh" kind of sound to them. Also, accuracy will be about a 10ft wide pattern at 200yd if they're not stable.

I shot a box of 62gr. lead core stuff out of an old M16a1 upper (1:12" twist) and they would be stable to about 100yd, then you'd hear them flying sideways. Scary sound to be honest.

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Link Posted: 8/1/2011 12:43:00 PM EST
I have found bullets tend to shatter bark and wood and leave all sorts of gashes and holes in paper targets. A 62gr anything should not tumble out of a 1-9 barrel unless something is wrong i.e. barrel not to spec rifling wise.
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Link Posted: 8/1/2011 12:55:29 PM EST

Originally Posted By Nichonator:
I have found bullets tend to shatter bark and wood and leave all sorts of gashes and holes in paper targets. A 62gr anything should not tumble out of a 1-9 barrel unless something is wrong i.e. barrel not to spec rifling wise.

This... It seems like the bullets fragmenting and/or ricocheting off the wood is what is causing the strange holes. Have you tried shooting the ammo at a target with a soft backing like a piece of cardboard? This will give you a better result, I think.
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Link Posted: 8/1/2011 1:13:40 PM EST
I just bought the same ammo about 2 weeks ago, and shot about 200 rounds of it so far with no problems at all. My rifle is actually the same setup as yours, 16" non chrome lined 1/9. The only problem I kind of noticed is that the ammo is really nasty afterwards. Took me a LOOONG time to clean out the rifle, even after only 200 rounds. Also, for some reason I felt almost no recoil with it. Other 62 grain stuff I've shot has always had a good amount of recoil....this stuff feels like 55 grain .223......very weak feeling.

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Link Posted: 8/1/2011 1:29:29 PM EST
I shot the X-TAC 62gr from several different rifles at paper - clean round holes. I was not very impressed with the accuracy of this load, so-so at best, the 55gr PMC grouped better in every rifle I tried.

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