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    .223 Barnes 70 Grain TSX Performance

    I shot this 150 pound hog at 225 yards with a handloaded Barnes 70 grain Copper TSX bullet yesterday and recovered the bullet under his skin on the far side when I dressed him out, it definitely worked very well.

    Bullet entered behind his elbow and blew out his lungs, he made it about 25 feet and DRT.










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    Nice! Performed as advertised.



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    I have not weighed that slug yet but I bet it retained at least 99% of the original weight of 70 grains.

    Seems kind of strange that those petals were not torn off since they were spinning about 300,00 rpms when they entered that hog?

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    I wonder if the load would be too long to fit in a AR mag. I hate doing up compressed loads, they scare me. I run Barnes in my .270 and love'em.-WW
    Last edited by Wetwork; 12-13-11 at 23:52.

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    It is not too long for a MagPul AR15 magazine and the powder (Hodgdon BLC-2) was not compressed.

    You load the round up to flush with the highest ring on the slug.

    Not a problem, although this is the longest bullet that I have ever used.


    I took out my micrometer and measured the length of some of the different .224 slugs I've been using just to see how long the copper Barnes TSX really is, here are the results:

    Barnes TSX 70 grain - 1.040"

    Hornady Match 75 grain - 0.992"

    Sierra MatchKing 77 grain - 0.985

    Nosler Competition 77 grain - 0.982

    Barnes TSX 62 grain - 0.945

    Nosler 69 grain - 0.900

    Sierra 69 grain 0.890

    As you can see, the Barnes are the longest slugs on the market that will run in an AR magazine.

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    No problem loading this bullet to mag-able length, Black Hills and Asym both do it. I have shot it from a 1-8 twist and it was stable, but I'm told and I believe that it will be more accurate in a 7. Have also shot it in a 9 and even a 10 twist. To my surprise it did not keyhole with the 10 twist but accuracy was not good.

    (Edited 7/12/12)

    This is a mis statement-- I was thinking of something else. I found the targets from the above test and they 70 grainers DID yaw at 25 yards from 9 and 10 twist barrels.

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    Thanks a million for the info gentleman. Looks like I'm headed to the store. I have a 1-8 twist so should be fun. I've been using the Nosler 77's and Hornady 68's. I figured the Barnes would be a long one so I'm thankfull someone else tried a few. Thanks again. -WW

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    The slug weighs 69.9 grains, cannot beat that!

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    Shit it could have weighed that before the shot. I would say 100% weight retention and 100% expansion. Very impressive bullets arnt they.
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    Yes, simply amazing bullet performance.

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