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    40gr or 53gr vmax for .223

    I'm getting a .223 in 1:12 twist . Question being what bullet choice should I go for between 40gr and 53gr vmax for fox shooting . I know both will
    do the job, is there a big difference with trajectory?

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    I have just got a new SAKO 85 in .223. Took it to the range yesterday and tried both 40gr and 53gr. I set the zero with the 53gr and found that the 4ogr was only about half inch difference at 100m

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    Quote Originally Posted by .243Hunter View Post
    I'm getting a .223 in 1:12 twist . Question being what bullet choice should I go for between 40gr and 53gr vmax for fox shooting . I know both will
    do the job, is there a big difference with trajectory?
    depends on the range!
    within normal foxing range in the dark its unlikely you will notice the difference

    I stopped using 53gr as they were proving erratic
    52gr Amax however were great

    windage is more relevant depending on your terrain

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    According to the table in my 2014 copy of The Shooter's Bible:
    40grn Federal Ballistic tip with mv of 3700fps 100rd-0.9" high, 200yrds-Zero, 300yrds-5.5" low
    52grn Federal Sierra Matchking with mv of 3300fps 100yrds-1.4" high, 200yrds-Zero, 300yrds-7.2" low.

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    I changed to 40 grn a couple of years ago, wouldn't go back now.

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    I spoke to a mate and also did a bit of googling!! Seems quite a few say the 53gr is fine but then every now and then throws shots an 1" or 2" out. Think I'll stick with the 40gr its purely for foxing.

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    I've only used factory in my 1 in 12" .223 and have used the following V-max - Norma 40gr was the most accurate ,then Hornady 40gr,then Hornady 55gr and Hornady superformance 53gr was the least accurate.I have a couple of boxes of Norma 50gr to try next.

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    I have had good success with the 53 vmax in my savage 223
    . Tiny groups and pretty good BC for the weight...vermin don't seem to care for it though.

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    My .223 likes 55 grain v max.

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    How about you make it simple: Shoot both and see what your gun likes best.~Muir

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