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    Also, 1:7 twist barrels will usually shoot 55gr just fine, though they often can be more accurate with heavier bullets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryknoll3 View Post
    Also, 1:7 twist barrels will usually shoot 55gr just fine, though they often can be more accurate with heavier bullets.
    Thanks! I was having some uncertainty about the 1/7 since I have so much 55 grain ammo stocked up.

    I guess the best thing to do is to try it out and see how it does.

    Is 1 MOA too much to expect from a 1/7 shooting 55 grain bullets?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Principal Skinr View Post
    Thanks! I was having some uncertainty about the 1/7 since I have so much 55 grain ammo stocked up.

    I guess the best thing to do is to try it out and see how it does.

    Is 1 MOA too much to expect from a 1/7 shooting 55 grain bullets?
    1MOA at what distance (spare me the lesson on angular vs. linear measurement)? If the ammo is decent and consistent and you do your part, 1' is not too much to expect. However, if you're going to shoot surplus steel-cased ammo at 300 yards with iron sights, 1' IS too much to expect. I'm sure you see that the answer is subjective to many more factors than just bullet weight and barrel twist.
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    1/7 will do just fine with 55 grain ammo.

    here's my Colt 6920 using Brown Bear .223 and American Eagle .223 from a rest, standing and crouching. not bad for my usual crappy shooting

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    Quote Originally Posted by Principal Skinr View Post
    Wow. I thought 1/7 was more for 70+ grain bullets. I know my 1/9 rifles handle 62 grain bullets quite well, with excellent accuracy.
    1/9 twist is almost as gross as a chrome moly bbl.
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    I've owned several AR's over the years, my favorite is a Govt. profile bbl. with a 1/7 twist. I am a purist, this is what the military uses as a standard bbl. config. I've always had to order uppers to get this. Usually from Bushmaster, everyone will have their own opinion as to mfg. preference, I have always had good luck with Bushmaster and Armalite, these are who I stick with. And for the record I don't believe in shooting steel cased ammo out of your 1000.00 dollar rifles, this is why I rarely buy used AR's unless I know the person. I don't want to start the argument of steel vs. brass, everyone will have their own opinion on this as well. But if I ever have an AR for sale, you will know it has never seen a steel cased round.
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    Quote Originally Posted by abnk View Post
    1MOA at what distance (spare me the lesson on angular vs. linear measurement)? If the ammo is decent and consistent and you do your part, 1' is not too much to expect. However, if you're going to shoot surplus steel-cased ammo at 300 yards with iron sights, 1' IS too much to expect. I'm sure you see that the answer is subjective to many more factors than just bullet weight and barrel twist.
    Sorry...100 yards. Isn't 1 MOA 1" at 100 yards, 3" at 300, and so forth? That's why I didn't say the yardage. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

    Also the assumption is good ammo. This would also be with a good scope. I'm interested in the accuracy of the gun itself. I can easily get 1 MOA with my 1/9 ARs on factory ammo. (PMC, Remington, Black Hills). I can get close with Silver Bear steel case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Destro View Post
    1/9 twist is almost as gross as a chrome moly bbl.
    Don't make too much fun...My most accurate AR has a chrome moly match grade barrel with 1/9 twist and shoots 1/2" 5 round groups at 100 yards with PMC or Black Hills ammo, making more or less one hole. (It is even more impressive when you consider it is me shooting it!) It would only be gross if I hit a hog 5 times in the same 1/2" spot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Principal Skinr View Post
    Sorry...100 yards. Isn't 1 MOA 1" at 100 yards, 3" at 300, and so forth? That's why I didn't say the yardage. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
    It is the same, which is why I said spare me the lesson on angular vs. linear measurement. However, as the distance increases other factors' effect will also increase and it is not fair to blame the barrel for deterioration of accuracy.

    Also the assumption is good ammo. This would also be with a good scope. I'm interested in the accuracy of the gun itself. I can easily get 1 MOA with my 1/9 ARs on factory ammo. (PMC, Remington, Black Hills). I can get close with Silver Bear steel case.
    The only change to the above criteria being the 1:7 barrel twist, you should get 1'. If you don't get that, the culprit is likely not the barrel twist, but something else in the upper.
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    Here is a nice little read on AR history
    Not to in depth but a good little read none the less
    How To Keep Your AR Running, Part 1: AR History

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