Well guys I have a few K of 50 and 55 gr varmint bullets that I originally purchased for use in my .223 Win 70 Lightweight (12" twist). My groundhogging opportunities are greatly reduced, (fields have been left to grow up)and I'm wondering if I'm wasting my time trying to make them work in my 5.56 1/7 chrome lined 16" barrel. Bullets are as follows:
Nosler 50 gr Ballistic Tip
Speer 50 Grain TNT
Midway 50 Gr Dogtown Bullets
Midway 55 Grain Dogtown Bullets.
All shot well out of the Winnie with 250 yard shots causing devastating wound channels. Pushed as hard as I dared (Max Manual loads of 2230 after work up) they were flat enough to make solid hits to 300, on ground hogs without holding off the critter as long as they were erect using a 2.5" high @100 yard zero.
If it is worth working on I will expend primers and powder to try to utilize my lagniappe for knocking around ammo for use on targets of opportunity such as yotes, groundhogs, fox etc.
Thanks for your input.