.223 barrel twist rate

timbeech

Well-Known Member
I'm looking at buying my .223 and not sure on barrel twist rate. I was looking at a 1 in 9 or 1 in 8 but if all I'm going to shot is 40-55graim bullets for fox (& occasional vermin) is a high twist necessary or will the standard 1 in 12 but enough?
 

scrumbag

Well-Known Member
I don't think shooting 40-55gr will be any worse in 1:9 than 1:12 twist barrel so you might as well have the option. (in fact CZ are standarising their barrel twist rates to 1:9 in all their .223s)

ATB,

Scrummy
(Here if you want the full story: All CZ527 .223 Rem to be 1:9 Twist)
 

bobjs

Well-Known Member
[h=2]General TC Twist Rates by Chamber... Scroll Down for Special Pistol Barrel Twist Rates.[/h]
17 REM 1:10
17 MACH IV 1:10
17 ACKLEY BEE 1:10
17 K-HORNET 1:10
204 RUGER 1:12
22 LR 1:15
22 HORNET 1:12
22 K-HORNET 1:12
218 BEE 1:12
221 REM FIREBALL 1:12
222 REM 1:12
222 REM MAG 1:12
223 REM 1:12
223 ACKLEY IMPROVED 1:12
22 PPC 1:12
22 BENCHREST 1:12
22-250 REM 1:12
22/250 ACKLEY IMPROVED 1:12
225 WIN 1:12
220 SWIFT 1:12
6MM REM 1:10
6MM BR REM 1:10
6MM TCU 1:10
6MM PPC 1:10
243 WIN 1:10
6MM-061:10
250 SAVAGE 1:10
250/3000 ACKLEY IMPROVED 1:10
256 WIN MAG 1:10
25-20 WIN 1:10
25-35 WIN 1:10
257 ROBERTS 1:10
257 ROBERTS ACKLEY IMPR 1:10
25-06 REM 1:10
25/06 ACKLEY IMPROVED 1:10
6.5MM TCU 1:08
6.5 BENCHREST 1:08
6.5X54 MANNLICHER1:08
260 REM 1:08
6.5X551:08
6.5X2841:08
6.5 REM MAG 1:08
264 WIN MAG 1:08
6.8MM REM SPC 1:10
270 WIN 1:10
280 REM (7MM EXP REM) 1:09
280 REM ACKLEY IMPROVED 1:09
284 WIN 1:09
7MM TCU 1:09
7-30 WATERS 1:09
7MM BR REM 1:09
7MM-08 REM 1:09
7MM (7X57) 1:09
7MM REM MAG 1:09
7MM INT 1:09
30 CARB (M1) 1:10
30 HERRETT 1:10
30-30 WIN 1:10
300 WHISPER 1:10
7.62X391:10
300 SAVAGE 1:10
30/40 KRAG 1:10
307 WIN 1:10
308 WIN 1:10
308 ACKLEY IMPROVED 1:10
30-06 SPRG 1:10
30/06 ACKLEY IMPROVED 1:10
300 H&H MAG 1:10
300 WIN MAG 1:10
32 H&R MAG 1:10
32-20 WIN 1:10
32 S&W 1:10
358 WIN 1:14
338 FEDERAL 1:10
338-06 1:10
338 WIN MAG 1:10
38 SPECIAL MATCH 1:14
357 MAG 1:14
357 REM MAX 1:14
357-44 B&D 1:14
357 SIG 1:14
357 HERRETT 1:14
35 REM 1:14
35 WHELEN 1:14
350 REM MAG 1:14
375 WIN 1:12
38-55 WIN 1:12
375 JDJ 1:12
375 H&H MAG 1:12
405 WIN 1:14
41 REM MAG 1:20
416 RIGBY 1:14
44 REM MAG 1:20
445 SUPER MAG 1:20
444 MARLIN 1:20
45 AUTO LH 1:16
454 CASULL 1:16
460 S&W 1:16
450 MARLIN 1:20
45-70 GOVT 1:20
480 RUGER 1:18
50 AE 1:20
500 S&W 1:20
209X451:28
209X501:28
209X50 Custom Shop1:48
12 GAUGE 209X12GA SB
12 GAUGE 3" (RIFLED) 1:28
20 GAUGE 3" SB
20 GAUGE 3" (RIFLED) 1:24
28 GAUGE 2 3/4"
 

Benj7

Active Member
I'm glad I got a fast twist 223 in my Tikka. (1:8) It shoots 50-55grn varmint bullets really well, but I still have to option to load 60+grn for the range.
 

scoie

Well-Known Member
My first .223 was a 1 in 8 twist , Tikka t3 varmint and very nice too, however I only fox and the rifle was long and heavy for a walkabout rifle so I bought a 85 hunter in 1 in 12 , 20" barrel , lighter by a pound and a bit and as mentioned only shoot foxes mainly under the lamp so 40-53gr are perfect for me as distance are always under 175 yards. If you think you may target shoot /long range vermin then a faster twist may help , however always an excuse for another rifle dedicated to longrange work, nice heavy barrel ,target stock , you can never have too many rifles:D
 

Cyres

Well-Known Member
Mine is 1:8 and will not shoot anything lighter than a 60 grn v max. Idealy 1:9 is what you want however 1:8 will shoot from 60 up to 80grn.

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Double0gorgeous

Well-Known Member
Speaking from experience if you only plan to do foxing and the occasional range work/plinking the 1/12 twist is more than suitable.
 

plonker

Well-Known Member
Speaking from experience if you only plan to do foxing and the occasional range work/plinking the 1/12 twist is more than suitable.
As above,I've had a 1 in8 twist for long range but in the end found I never shot over 250m so never utilised the ability of the 1in8.I found anything below 55gr I would struggle to get good accuracy.As I mostly used the rifle for foxing and plinking down the range when the opportunity of a barrel with a 1in14 twist came up at a cheap price I got it and chambered it in 223ai to shoot 40gr up to 55gr which will do anything out to 300m and 40gr are nice and flat for foxing:D
If your main use is for foxing and plinking then 1 in 12 will do fine.
all the best
​dave
 

timbeech

Well-Known Member
Picked up a Remmy700 SPS with the standard 1in12 twist this morning, can't wait to get some rounds loaded and see what it can do.
 
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