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Posted: 3/20/2006 6:16:20 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/20/2006 6:20:36 PM EDT by Sumoj275]
OK, here is the deal. I have been longing to get a heavy brl in .223 for a whie but needed some justification. Today the oppurtunity arose with the invite to a 4 day p-dog hunt.

For those of you that have had or have a hb varmint type upper what do you recomend? 18", 20", 22", 24" fluted, non fluted, etc.

What about an upper that I can swap out and put on my current lower?

Thanks
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 6:27:21 PM EDT
What grain bullet?
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 6:40:48 PM EDT
For the P-Dogs, I suggest the longest barrel that you feel comfortable with. Mine is a 24".

Why? One word -- VELOCITY.

For varmints, you want destructive bullets that are moving fast. The extra velocity will also give you a little advantage on getting that pdog that is sitting out on top of the hill 300+ yds away.

If you already know the dog hunting area, then you can carefully select your round. Mostly 100yd shots and under -- go with something less than a 55gr bullet for an even greater velocity boost.

Those polymer tipped bullets (ie -- vmax, amax, ballistic tip, etc) to absolutely wonderful on critters.
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 6:40:55 PM EDT
I really like my J&T. 1-8 twist, SST, Fluted, 24". Shoots well under MOA. Great service and price too.
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 6:54:04 PM EDT
Id say go with an RRA varmint upper.. reasonably price and dead accurate.
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 8:16:23 PM EDT
bushmaster varminter
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 8:19:39 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 6:36:50 AM EDT
Alot of people like Varminters by Bushmaster....I've never shot one...but have seen the groups...quite impressive
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 6:38:12 AM EDT
RRA 24inch Varmint A4, the best accuracy for a reasonable price.
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 8:02:50 AM EDT
I've sold my BushMaster VMatch and I'm getting an RRA varmint 24" 1:8 twist (should be in today ).
I wasn't really impressed by my Bushy accuracy, so I decided to give the RRA a try. I hope it'll be as accurate as my DPMS Panther
It's not the grain of the bullet that matter though, but it's ratio between length and diameter. A common understanding tell that 1:9 should stabilize just fine a 68gr bullet, but my Bushy was not even close to give the Hornady 68gr SST bullet (0.987" long) a decent accuracy. Even if I didn't try, I'm pretty sure it could have worked just fine with a shorter 68gr bullet.
As soon as I'll get my RRA I'll let you know how it performs ...


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