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

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  1. May 15, 2011 #1
    xdmp22

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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......

    [​IMG]

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

    not a big deal, just curious

    thanks in advance
     
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    infectednite

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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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    ksbsnowowl

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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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    xdmp22

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    if boat tail is the term for it....lol....standby ill have to google

    EDIT:

    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

    [​IMG]
     
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    infectednite

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    nope, not listed, just in a sealed white box labeled "factory remanufactured"
     
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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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    xdmp22

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    Thanks for the quick responses

    yup, just thought they were all that way

    thats good to know

    I wasnt even aware there were different tails
     
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    Boris

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    Thats a 30-06 bullet. You sure you got that from a .223???
     
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    Noah Mercy

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    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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