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Is this what a .223 bullet is supposed to look like?

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Old 05-15-2011, 12:18 AM   #1
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Is this what a .223 bullet is supposed to look like?

I got some older factory reman ammo that is probably atleast 20 years old

I pulled one bullet just for curiosity sake and this is what I found......



I guess I just assumed .223 bullets had a tapered tail......

not a big deal, just curious

thanks in advance
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Old 05-15-2011, 12:28 AM   #2
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it's been a while since I've had my mini 14, but that looks about right. I know some varieties of .223 have the boat tail, is that the taper you are talking about?
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Is the ammo listed at "boat tail" or not?

I have .223 bullets for reloading that are not boat tail, and they have a 90 degree base.
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Old 05-15-2011, 12:31 AM   #4
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it's been a while since I've had my mini 14, but that looks about right. I know some varieties of .223 have the boat tail, is that the taper you are talking about?
if boat tail is the term for it....lol....standby ill have to google

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google is your friend

yes, a boat tail, I just assumed it would have one, i just don't know any better and figured Id learn by taking one apart

like this one.....its has a boat tail

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Old 05-15-2011, 12:33 AM   #5
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Here's some Federal HP's with a Boat Tail, is that kind of what you were envisioning?
Federal Cartridge 223 Remington by Federal - 223 Rem 55gr Sier-BTHP V-Shok 20 P223E
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Is the ammo listed at "boat tail" or not?

I have .223 bullets for reloading that are not boat tail, and they have a 90 degree base.
nope, not listed, just in a sealed white box labeled "factory remanufactured"
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Old 05-15-2011, 12:37 AM   #7
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Flat-base .223 is pretty normal stuff. It's less wind-kicking than boat-tail, and I don't, knowing this, understand why anybody made it. Perhaps it was for tracers? You have to have somewhere to put the phosphorus.
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Thanks for the quick responses

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Here's some Federal HP's with a Boat Tail, is that kind of what you were envisioning?
Federal Cartridge 223 Remington by Federal - 223 Rem 55gr Sier-BTHP V-Shok 20 P223E
yup, just thought they were all that way

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Flat-base .223 is pretty normal stuff. It's less wind-kicking than boat-tail, and I don't, knowing this, understand why anybody made it. Perhaps it was for tracers? You have to have somewhere to put the phosphorus.
thats good to know

I wasnt even aware there were different tails
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Old 05-15-2011, 07:15 AM   #9
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Thats a 30-06 bullet. You sure you got that from a .223???
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I got some older factory reman ammo that is probably atleast 20 years old

I pulled one bullet just for curiosity sake and this is what I found......



I guess I just assumed .223 bullets had a tapered tail......

not a big deal, just curious

thanks in advance
That's just a standard flat base soft point with cannelure...looks like a Remington PSP. Perfectly acceptable for use inside 300 yards (the point at which a boattail will start to show its superior ballistic coefficient). It's actually fine for use at any distance a 223 is good for, it will simply shed velocity and drop a little more quickly than a boattail of the same weight starting out at the same speed. Often, the flat base is more accurate, and if I know my shots will be inside 300, I load the flatties.
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