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Thread: 53grain vmax vs 50grain vmax

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    53grain vmax vs 50grain vmax

    Hi is there any advantage using the 53grain vmax with their higher BC over the 50grain vmax have any of you tested the difference between them at 300 or 400 yards.

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    Probaly nothing depending how fast you make them go

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    I don't know the figures, but three grains of weight is going to make next to no difference in ballistic coefficient over the distance you mentioned.

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    BC 0.242 vs 0.290

    running them at the same MV of 3200fps
    Zero at 100yd
    increase in drop and drift
    for 50gr compared to 53gr

    -1/4" at 200yds (+1" Windage 90deg 10mph)
    -1" at 300yds (+2.5" windage 90deg 10mph)
    -3" at 400yds (+ 4.5" windage 90deg 10mph)


    push the 50s at 3350fps and the 53's at 3100fps and all benefit is lost
    what you gain in BC you will lose in MV
    you will always be able to push the 50's faster

    only makes a difference well past the 300-400 mark

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    I find the 53grain vmax very fussy about seating depth anyone else find the same

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    I would imagine being able to read the wind and account for wind drift will be the more important factor than the small difference in bullet weight IMO.
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    I found the 53gr varied too much in length and hence were difficult to load consistently unless you sorted them first which is right PITA.

    I now use 55gr Sierra BK which I have found to be much better in my rifle.

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    Split the difference. 52gr Amax. Super accurate.

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    Be aware that you are likely to need a faster twist for the 53gr. In my .22-250 1-14 twist the 53gr are all over the place regardless of seating depth and charge. 50gr are good but as mentioned above 52gr AMax are fantastic. The 53gr VMax is longer bullet. 1-12 twist or faster should be fine

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephentri View Post
    I find the 53grain vmax very fussy about seating depth anyone else find the same

    I have also heared this with several .223 people I know and also a .223AI loader and also a 220 swift loader. They seem to be a iffy bullet tbh, with much of the loaders having problems with them in terms of accuracy issues and random flyers.

    Funny that a friend of mine had random flyers 1- in 5 Nd a friend who loads for a .223Ai also had random flyers, he also said 1 in 5! Funny such similar results with two totally different rifles.

    that said if they work well in your rilfe, driven at decent velocities (3300+) they should prove to be a really good bullet due to their good BC. But then again if they don't work or you get random flyers they best left to one side.

    Steve.

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