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    Default SMK 69 vs Hornady 68 in 223

    I've been using SMK 69 grain for a while now and I decided to try the much cheaper and highly praised Hornady match 68 grainers. As naive as I was , I thought I'd simply pretty much use SMK data but it looks like the lighter bullet is actually quite a bit longer. My Varget load is already slightly compressed (25 gains) and I can't imagine pushing the bullet another millimeter into the case.
    Is anyone loading this bullet with Varget ? (it's the only powder I have)
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    Wow, that IS a big difference...
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    You SURE that is not a 75 grainer? I don't remember that much of a difference..
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    they are actually 68.4 grain. It was a big surprise to me since I expected it to be the same length or shorter

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    Maybe it's the picture but to me, they don't even appear to be the same diameter.
    Different core weights could explain the vast difference in length.
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    The SMK are 0.899 in length . Hornady are roughly 0.1 inch longer (give or take since both vary in length)
    COL on SMK is 2.235 so in order to get the same pressure in the case I should sit Hornadys to 2.335, right ?
    The magazine is plenty long (Savage 16FXP3)
    The groves start at 2.415 for Hornady bullet seated (checked with a dummy round)
    so, another words if I seat the 68's @2.335 , I should still be 0.8 from the lands and be safe , right ?
    25 gr Varget is mid way load for 69 gr bullet.

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    So ,I got to try the new loads with the 68s. I used SMK load and seated them .1 inch longer.
    The fliers may be a result of .22 shells hitting me and causing distraction.
    The dots and the grid is slightly under an inch. 50 yard groups , Savage 16FXp3, fed one round at the time ,sitting with a rest

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