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    Twist rate

    Hi Chaps
    I hope someone can help with my problem
    I am planning on getting a .223 for foxes I will be using a light load say 55g but the rifle comes in 1:8" or 1:12" twist rate.

    Which one should I go for?

    Andy

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    Won't make a huge difference. 55gr is a great weight choice for a 223. Most 55gr soft points will have enough penetration that
    you can take a fox from any angle which is not the case with say a light 40gr varmint round.
    I've had both twists and if I would buy one again I would go back to 1in12 as it seemed more accurate and less finicky. My 1in8 twist
    223 is very picky what ammo is suitable, no matter what weight. The 1in12 shot 5 makes out of 6 under 3/4".
    edi

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    Many thanks ejg 1:12 it is

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    My guess,
    1in8 twist 223's are in the fashion at the moment meaning
    you could pick up a good 1in12 second hand at a good price.
    The 1in8 might have the higher resale value.
    In practical field use the 1in12 is fine to 300yds, from then on
    a 1in8 with handloaded heavy bullets and good ballistic data
    will outperform the 55gr bullets.
    I would still prefer the 1in12 as they often shoot the cheap
    hollow point ammo better if one needs masses of ammo for
    crows and rabbits. These are fine up to around 250yds too.
    Keep it simple....
    edi

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    1:12 twist for sale here chaps!!!!For Sale: Howa sporter (1500) .223 Rem..
    (The Unspeakable In Pursuit Of The Uneatable.) " If I can help, I will help!." Former S.A.C.S. member!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ejg View Post
    My guess,
    1in8 twist 223's are in the fashion at the moment meaning....edi
    and have been for some time. A fast twist .223 can shoot foxes and compete at F/TR. I would look to 1 in 8 or better. Regards JCS

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcampbellsmith View Post
    and have been for some time. A fast twist .223 can shoot foxes and compete at F/TR. I would look to 1 in 8 or better. Regards JCS
    And will be for some time to come....
    Some manuf's make 1:9 which may digest lighter bullets better. My rem 1:9 shot 55fmj just fine but preferred 63gr and up.
    My sako 1:8 isn't finnicky in the least.

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