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I've been shooting Hornady VMAX bullets in most of my guns for a few years but lately they are becoming very hard to find. I hate trying to develope a new load for a rifle since all components are getting very expensive and scarce. Today I was at my local Fun Shop and the only bullets they had were Noslers. Hornady's have been on back order since January. I decided to try a load for my 6 MM. I bought a box of Nosler 70 grain Ballistic tip boat tails and a box of Made in Brazil primers. Took them home and loaded up 20 rounds using my standerd load of 30/ H322. Normally I use a CCI Mag primer but substituted the Brazil primers. Took um out back to the 200 yard range and shot these. Guess I don't have to do much work making up a new load. The really neat part is that it shoots to the same point of aim as my Hornady VMAX load
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Here is the rifle those were fired in. It's a 6 MM BR Remington .265 neck with a 14 twist barrel. Jewell triger and Leupold 6.5-20X scope

 

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Wow that's really good. I tried some 60 grain Nosler ballistic tips when devloping a load for my 1:8 AR. I couldn't get those things to group worth a darn! The 55 VMAX worked best for me.

I've also had the temptation to try and even lighter bullet. Maybe a Sierra 52 grain or even a 40 grain VMAX. I'm getting half inch groups with the 55 Grain VMAX using Remington 7 1/2 primers and 24.5 grains of Benchmark powder, so I guess I'm hapy! Would you reccomend me getting a free float tube for my AR?

I've also been shooting 10 shot groups for my AR-15 since it takes about 3 shots to get the accuracy back after a clean barrel.
 

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Wow that's really good. I tried some 60 grain Nosler ballistic tips when devloping a load for my 1:8 AR. I couldn't get those things to group worth a darn! The 55 VMAX worked best for me.

I've also had the temptation to try and even lighter bullet. Maybe a Sierra 52 grain or even a 40 grain VMAX. I'm getting half inch groups with the 55 Grain VMAX using Remington 7 1/2 primers and 24.5 grains of Benchmark powder, so I guess I'm hapy! Would you reccomend me getting a free float tube for my AR?

I've also been shooting 10 shot groups for my AR-15 since it takes about 3 shots to get the accuracy back after a clean barrel.
It might be hard to improve on what you have. Back in the early 90's I started building my AR's with free float tubes. I found that they shot much better than other configurations that I had tried. I also used 10 and 12 twist barrels for most of them and still prefer those twists. My favorate load is 24.5 H322 behind a 50 VMAX. My target of choice is the North Dakota Prairie Dog and it works well there. If I were building a people shooter I would go a different route, probably a different rifle.
 

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One thing I know I need is more practice. I'm not as steady behind the bench on my AR, partly because of the shape of that "standard" stock. I really need to pay attention to the trigger too, that's a tough one for me since I can sense when I'm hesitent. I just need to focus on sqeezing each round of smooth and steady!

What kind of groups were you getting with the 50 grain VMAX?
 
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