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What weight bullets are you 700 LTR users shooting? I'm not a reloader but sooner or later high prices will make me one. Anyway, I'm getting ready to order some factory ammo and thinking 69 or 75gr will probably shoot best. What are you shooting? Thanks in advance!
 

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I shoot Sierra MKs and Nosler Custom Competitions in my 700 tactical, I can hit golf balls at 200yds all day long with 21.8 grns of Vhitavouri N133. I love this rifle, I topped it with a Burris XTR 312 scope, this is the best shooting rifle Ive owned, after I get the trigger done on it I cant imagine how nice it will shoot, reloading pays, trust me.
 

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Hi beradon,
The bullets you are talking about are getting up in to the heavy-weights for that calibre. My(non-Remington) 223 shoots 80 gn bullets But it has a 1 in 7 twist. I don't know what Your twist rate is but if it starts throwing patterns instead of groups, then the twist-rate might be the first thing to suspect.
Good shooting!
 

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Hi beradon,
The bullets you are talking about are getting up in to the heavy-weights for that calibre. My(non-Remington) 223 shoots 80 gn bullets But it has a 1 in 7 twist. I don't know what Your twist rate is but if it starts throwing patterns instead of groups, then the twist-rate might be the first thing to suspect.
Good shooting!
My 700P, 20" with a 1 in 9 twist seems to like 69 gr bullets but I only had it to the range once before I shipped it off to the smith for a Badger knob, bolt handle reinforcing screws, skim bedding, trigger work, etc. so I'm still experimenting. My 18" heavy barreled Varmint AR has a 1 in 8 twist and it shoots 1/2 MOA groups with 75 gr rounds and I need ammo for both. Honestly I don't like to reload but its either that or the poor house. If I get lucky the same round will shoot well in both rifles.
 

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I'm sorry for not thinking of this earlier, beradon but you might save time and money if you spoke to a gunsmith about correct twist rates. I sometimes ask questions on benchrest.com. Those people are sure to know.
 

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I'm sorry for not thinking of this earlier, beradon but you might save time and money if you spoke to a gunsmith about correct twist rates. I sometimes ask questions on benchrest.com. Those people are sure to know.
A Gunsmith would not know. Every rifle is an entity unto itself - 69 and 75Gr bullets are the correct weight for both of these rifles. In my original post I asked what particular brand of factory ammo LTR shooters were having good results with.
 

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Try HSM Match, FGMM Match, all the high quality match ammo.
 

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Thanks Men, I've been thinking about ordering some HSM but was waiting to get some real life reviews. Yesterday I shot a .320" group out of my RRA AR Varmint rifle with 75gr Hornady Training Ammo - accurate stuff and cheap too but there is a catch - Its steel cased. Hornady mainly markets it to Government and LE agencies for training purposes and it has the same ballistics and POI as their high quality TAP ammo. It only 190.00 for 500 rds and so far I've shot about 100 rounds with no problems what so ever. In .223 its only available in 55 and 75gr and my AR loves the 75s but I'm hesitant to shoot steel cased ammo in my Rem 700P, LTR. AFAIK Hornady buy the cases from Barnul(sp) but loads them to their TAP specs.

I plan to shoot some casual competitions and should be reloading to get the most out of my rifles but my SW Florida home has no basement and loading in the house is out of the question and loading in the garage won't be easy because its hot as hell for about 9 months of the year and I keep my P/U, Wife's car and a lot of tools and equipment so space is limited. I would have to break down and store the entire reloading set up after each use and that wouldn't be fun. What to do??
 
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