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    Best Factory ammo for the AXIS 223

    For those who shoot factory stuff through their Axis .223 which brand,bullet weight and type havs provided the best results for you?
    I have had my Axis for 2 weeks now and have only shot it once with some cheap Tul-ammo 55gr HP for sighting in a new scope. Results were very poor in my opinion 3'' at 100 yds. I then tried some Hornady 55gr v-max and results greatly improved to
    1.07" at 100 yds.
    This is with the stock trigger, ( New Basix trigger on the way) which is very stiff. Looking for some cheaper ammo that preforms close to the Hornady stuff.

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    I have had pretty impressive results with PMC bronze 55gr. I can't give group sizes, but it'll hit a 4" gong at 300y every shot... The price isn't too bad and it's easy enough to find around here, so that's my go to ammo for time at the range.

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    Hornady FMJ TRAINING 55gr isn't bad for the price, I've gotten 1'' at 100yds with them.

    Federal Fusion .223 62gr is the best load I've used though. I've gotten consistently touching holes at 100 yards with that load.

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    Had a change to try some american eagle 50 grain varmint tipped ammo that shot awesome, 6 rounds in a 1.3" group@ 100yds. If I would have stopped at 3 rounds I could have covered the 3 holes with a quarter. That is on par with Hornady expess 55gr. ammo, but it was 6 bucks cheaper for a 20 rounds. I also tried hornady steel match 55 gr. ammo that was not bad, 1.5" at 100yds.19 bucks for fifty rounds. So I think I have found my target and varmint loads. I will definatley try the fusion 62gr first chance I get. All the real cheap russian stuff has not proved accurate in my gun so far.
    Im very happy with the accuracy of this rifle (with the right ammo) we even blew up a 2 liter water bottle for some explosive visuals...........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xaved View Post
    Hornady FMJ TRAINING 55gr isn't bad for the price, I've gotten 1'' at 100yds with them.

    Federal Fusion .223 62gr is the best load I've used though. I've gotten consistently touching holes at 100 yards with that load.
    Glad to here this. I've bought two boxes of it withouth having shot it. It's just so cheap at my local gun store I can't help buying it.... Lol
    Couple rf's, couple cf's, and 1 12g.

    Everything I once held dear
    I count it all as lost

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    I get 1" groups (sometimes better) at 100 using Federal bulk value pack.

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    i have a stevens 200 in 223 and it shot the 62 gn bthp brown bears great at 1" or less at 100 yds.

    but i now reload and use 68 gn hornaday bthp match on 25gns of varget and have got it well under 3/4" five shot groups

    i also have the riflebasix triger and love it
    rule #2 always double tap

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    I have just installed a riflebasix sav-1 trigger as well, what a big difference from the stock trigger. With the trigger and some Hornady 55gr v-max or the american eagle 50gr v-max I have sniper like accurary out to 200yds. I have not tried any longer ranges as of yet. Great lil gun for the investment.
    Last edited by gsperaz; 08-08-2012 at 08:51 AM.

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    I've been shooting Hornady V-Max our of my 223 AR. I'm not sure about accuracy, but I've been told Hornady makes the best 223 rounds for deer hunting. I'm going to try it this winter!

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    The recommedations i have recieved for deer hunting with the 223 are the 62gr pointed soft points (Federal Fusion). I havent tried any of the heavier grain bullets yet, but that is next on my list. I did see a new company called HPR making 60 v-max ammo. A box of 50 was 29.99 at academy sports.
    I would be concerned a vmax or hollow point bullet would not provided the penetration need for bigger game.

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    yes the 62 gn soft points will work if your gun will shoot them? like i said mine likes heavier bullets some dont you just have to shoot some and fine out
    rule #2 always double tap

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    Best has been 69g Black Hills. We often shoot these out to 400 yards.

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    For the money, and these are cheap. PMC 223 55 gr FMJ BT. They group under an inch consistently in my rifle

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    The best factory ammo out of my .223 axis has been Remington UMCs 55gr FMJ. .75" groups @ 100

    I cant even shoot tula out of mine it swells up in the chamber and I have to lightly tap the bolt handle with a rubber mallet to extract them

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    I was told by the head of Savage Customer service when I sent my rifle back for repairs that they use 69gr federal for testing for accuracy. I think he said it was the match grade but can't remember the exact round but do remember the 69gr and federal.
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