223 Rem.

Hornady V-MAX® 50 gr
Weight
3.2 g / 50 gr
Ballistic coefficient
0.242

Hornady V-MAX® 50 gr

Hornady V-MAX® 50 gr
Product number
#20157392

​​Velocity

V0 1065 m/s 3495 f/s
V100 923 m/s 3065 f/s
V200 794 m/s 2675 f/s
V300 677 m/s 2317 f/s

Energy

E0 1816 J 1357 ft.-lb.
E100 1362 J 1044 ft.-lb.
E200 1009 J 795 ft.-lb.
E300 734 J 596 ft.-lb.

Winddrift

100 m 100 yds 35 mm 1 in
200 m 200 yds 150 mm 4.4 in
300 m 300 yds 363 mm 10.5 in

Winddrift in mm for a 5 m/s cross wind

Winddrift in inches for a 10 m.p.h cross wind

Zero range, meters

Height of trajectory above line of sight if sighted in at X meter. For sights 40mm above bore

50 m 80 m 100 m 150 m 200 m 300 m
80 -8 0 -22 -77 -310
100 -8 0 -21 -76 -309
150 0 12 14 -48 -267
200 12 31 38 36 -195

Sighting distance in yards

Height of trajectory above line of sight if sighted in at X yards. For sights 1,6 inch above bore

50 yds 100 yds 150 yds 200 yds 300 yds
50 0.8 0.7 -0.6 -6.8
100 -0.4 -0.5 -2.1 -9.1
150 -0.2 0.4 -1.4 -8.1
200 0.1 1.1 1.1 -6

223 Rem.

Shortly after the introduction of the .222 Remington experiments began to make a similar cartridge for military use. The advantages were obvious as a soldier naturally can carry many more rounds of a much smaller and lighter cartridge. Drawbacks was the reduced long range potential of the smaller bullet and its lesser penetration. The first .223 appeared in 1957 and was mainly the work of Robert Hutton of Guns & Ammo and Gene Stoner of Armalite. One of the requirements for the new cartridge was that it could retain a velocity exceeding the speed of sound at 500 yards. This was not possible with the .222, but with its slightly longer case and a 55 grains boattail bullet the .223 met the demands. The cartridge was adopted by the U.S. Army in 1964 and used in the Vietnam war. Since then it has been adopted by NATO as a standard military cartridge, but with a heavier 63 grains bullet which demands a quicker twist (1 in 7”) than used in most sporting rifles for the civilian market (1 in 10, 12 or 14”).

The dimensions of military chambers and cartridges vary slightly from the sporting version that was brought out by Remington shortly after the .223 was adopted by the military. Accordingly military ammunition might produce high chamber pressure in sporting rifles. Military cases quite often has thicker brass and starting loads must be reduced by at least 10 per cent.

For sporting purposes the cartridge is normally at its best using bullets of 60 grains or less. It is suitable for the same range of purposes as .222 Remington, and will add some yards to the effective range. Due to the adoption by NATO the .223 is expected to be the more popular choice in a few years by European shooters.

V-MAX® Info:

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