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Posted: 5/10/2003 1:45:32 PM EDT
I'm looking for some decent ammo to shoot through my 20" RRA 1/9. Two that come to mind are:
1) Silver Bear 62gr JHP
2) Wally Mart Winchester white box 45gr JHP

The latter claims 3600fps and I believe this was supposed to be pretty accurate too. I'm trying to find ammo which is reasonably cheap and widely available. There's more accurate ammo out there I'm sure, but it's not a critical issue. Will a heavier HP do just as well as the lighter stuff in blowing up nicely ?

Thanks for any help.
Link Posted: 5/10/2003 4:29:51 PM EDT
I read several of the varmint hunting boards, and the Win that you mentioned is spoken highly of on the boards. I might have to give a box or 2 a try some time.
Link Posted: 5/10/2003 9:33:00 PM EDT
The Winchester 45 grain works great in my DPMS 20" 1 in 9. I've never tried the other. Whether a particular weight bullet is effective depends on what you are shooting at.
Link Posted: 5/11/2003 5:14:57 AM EDT
Blach hills loads a reload of good quality with a 52gr. sierra hollowpoint. This should be one to try in a 1/9, also.
Link Posted: 5/11/2003 5:32:16 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/30/2003 7:31:16 PM EDT by GUN N 4FUN]
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Link Posted: 5/11/2003 7:54:05 PM EDT
I personally like the 55gr V-MAX from Hornaday, or any other Nosler balistic tipped ammo, they boast a stout 3240 fps, and one a prairie dog that equals maxium carnage!!!!! It also does a good number on coyotes, and on water filled soda bottles best imitation of a prairie dog I've ever seen!!!!!
Link Posted: 5/22/2003 6:10:19 AM EDT
I must say, my experience with the Winchester 45 gr. JHP is far less than desireable. I used it in my Armalite with absolutely NO luck whatsoever. Every round had to be slapped in by smackin' the #$%@ out of the magazine to load it in the chamber. I had similar experiences with every other HP round with a similar wide mouthed hollow point. Each and every other HP round with a very narrow hollow opening and ballistic tip and FMJ and soft point worked everytime without fail. Perhaps my boomstick is simply too finicky...go figure, its an Armalite. I guess accuracy comes at a price.
Link Posted: 5/22/2003 5:46:43 PM EDT
I've used the V-max bullets on groundhogs out to 160yrds with good results.
Link Posted: 5/26/2003 6:29:32 PM EDT
Winchester 55grn SP will turn a jack rabbit inside out
Link Posted: 5/26/2003 7:42:14 PM EDT
Another person chiming in for the merits of using the Vmax on vermin. At 300 yards out you can still hear a bit of a "pop" even through hearing protection from when the little critter explodes from the pressure. Very nasty little bullets. You can also pick the things up from BlackHills if you can't find the Hornady Varmint Express. I've tried the Winchester 45grn hollow point and haven't had that stellar of performance when compared to the Vmax. The Federal 50grn American Eagle hollowpoint also doesn't do much in the way of expanding, if you see those on a shelf they are more of a match hollow point, nice and accurate but not keen on expansion.
Link Posted: 5/27/2003 5:58:24 AM EDT
A friend and I just tried out the Winchester 45gr stuff this past weekend at the range with excellent results. AR's were (1) Bushy M4, and (1) Bushy 16" HBAR. Both of our guns ran right through the ammo with no problems, and the accuarcy was very good (only tested out to 100yards though). My local range doesn't allow FMJ, so this stuff has become my new range blasting ammo. I'd like to see what kind of expansion these bullets really get though before I decide to use them for possibly coyote hunting.
Link Posted: 5/27/2003 7:40:37 AM EDT
Originally Posted By GUN N 4FUN: For good a price, excellent results and sub- moa groups I've enjoyed they following with my Bushmaster scoped with a TA-01 Trijicon ACOG 4x32 with Full Line Red Illumination Features black crosshairs during daytime and tritium illuminates reticle at night. [url]www.georgia-arms.com/index.htm[/url] GEORGIA ARMS VARMINT AMMUNITION Georgia Arms "Precision Plus" rifle ammunition loaded with Nosler Ballistic Tip boat tail bullets in varmint calibers have the superb accuracy and sizzling velocity you need for those long shots delivering explosive energy to dispatch even the most rugged varmint on the spot! 223 Remington G223A 55GR Ballistic Tip $15.00/50rnds, $145.00/500rnds, $280.00/1000rnds for theyre Remanufactured ammo and New Ammunition costs a little more, but like I've said I've had good results with thier Remanufactured ammo. Even though it's more fun shooting the varmints with the Nosler Ballistic Tip boat tail bullets, if cost is problem they can be killed just the same and cheaper with surplus ball ammo as well as long as you do your part an place bullet in right spot.
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I've been looking at their stuff, and was considering getting the SP or BTHP for varminting. Would these not be a good choice? Gonna be mainly prairie dogs, and other small stuff. They sure would be a lot less $$ to go that way.
Link Posted: 5/27/2003 11:30:32 AM EDT
Link Posted: 5/27/2003 11:59:29 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/27/2003 11:59:43 AM EDT by steenkybastage]
Thanks (again) Troy. You always answer all my varmint questions. Perhaps I should set up a direct line to you instead. [:p]
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