.223 for bear, deer, elk and moose.

MidGAHunter

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The Tikka T3 lite/223/77gr TMK/suppressed/SWFA combo is still the baddest B. No less than six have been sold in the last week from shooting mine.

Mine is wearing a SWFA 3-15x42 with Milquad reticle. I have a 3-9x42 on backorder that will go on this rifle once it arrives. Looking forward to taking some deer with this setup in the Fall.
 

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The Tikka T3 lite/223/77gr TMK/suppressed/SWFA combo is still the baddest B. No less than six have been sold in the last week from shooting mine.
But where are they getting the 77gr tmks from? That's the piece of all this I can't figure out. So, I'm thinking about just doing a prefix for 22 creed to run 88 eldms out of my current tikka action/stock since eldms seem to pop up more frequently.
 

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But where are they getting the 77gr tmks from? That's the piece of all this I can't figure out. So, I'm thinking about just doing a prefix for 22 creed to run 88 eldms out of my current tikka action/stock since eldms seem to pop up more frequently.
Or just shoot 75eldm while you wait?

The beauty of 223 is it’s dirt cheap to load.
 

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Little tip to aid in smoother seating. Little imperial on a big q tip spun on the chamfer before seating, that or if your using a mandrel the same prior to running the mandrel down.

1st firing on the Lapua?
I don’t seem to have much issue with seating? And this is the third firing on the lapua
 

Juan_ID

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I saw the rings and figured you had some pressure seating. But it’s only happened to me first seating on Lapua
Gotchya, it only seems to happen when I’m seating deeper and compressing the load. I was trying ar length on 5 just to see how they shot. The hornady stem I have leaves a slight ring but it seems to be mostly cosmetic. 🤷‍♂️
 

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Gotchya, it only seems to happen when I’m seating deeper and compressing the load. I was trying ar length on 5 just to see how they shot. The hornady stem I have leaves a slight ring but it seems to be mostly cosmetic. 🤷‍♂️
I see, that happens to me too when I have compressed too much. I try to avoid it as I got some inconsistent seating with that much compression.
 

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75 ELDMs work well on game. I’m using them for deer on nuisance permits here in SC. I had to seating them long in my CTR to get them to shoot, but once I found the the jump they wanted, they shoot very well. Im using modified accurate mags, so I don’t know if they would fit in the factory CTR or Tikka mags.
 

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75 ELDMs work well on game. I’m using them for deer on nuisance permits here in SC. I had to seating them long in my CTR to get them to shoot, but once I found the the jump they wanted, they shoot very well. Im using modified accurate mags, so I don’t know if they would fit in the factory CTR or Tikka mags.
I loaded the 75eldm to 2.424 OAL which was .010 off the lands in my CTR 223. This fit easily in the CTR mag which I think can take 2.55 OAL. However my rifle didn't like the 75s and much prefers the 73eldm and 77tmk.
 

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Shameless plug
I have a lightweight turn key tmk delivery system with brass and 200 77tmks ready to roll in tje classifieds right now.

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88 pages is a time vampire.
it really is time well spent if you are looking at a computer...... way more valuable than most time spent looking at a computer/phone, don't have to read it all at once, but nobody could give you a cliff notes version that compares to reading all of the great info (both on topic and off topic) yourself.

like i have said before, it's the most information rich topic i have ever read on the internet.... no close second i can think of.... doesn't only apply to the .223 either, just a ton of great overall information on ballistics, a huge collaboration of great first hand experience with many good side tangents..... you would likely disagree if you were one of the naysayers arguing feelings vs other's real world results, haha..... so there is some comedy mixed in too.... seriously a great thread worth reading in it's entirety....
 
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