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SPS Tactical or Standard SPS?

In a 223 which do you think would be more accurate? The Remington 700 SPS has a 24" standard barrel with a 1 in 12" twist. The SPS Tactical has a 20" heavy barrel and a 1 in 9" twist.
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Re: SPS Tactical or Standard SPS?

neither is "more" accurate. with the 1-12 the bullet weight is limited to 55 grains, maybe 60. the 1-9 will shoot most, but not all, 75 grain bullets. the 24" barrel will shoot a given round a little faster than the 20" barrel, maybe a 100fps give or take. ALL will depend on what one wants from the rifle. the slower,heavier bullet seems to do better than the faster, lighter bullet at greater distances. the heavier bullets tend to cost more round as the are "target" grade. the 55 grain full metal jacket is the least expensive/accurate but if shooting at plates at 100 yards, what more do you need?
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Re: SPS Tactical or Standard SPS?

For a fox and coyote hunting gun. I am guessing a 55 grain would be about the right size for them. I guess the standard would be better unless I was using it for bigger game.

I was thinking the heavier barrel might make it more accurate. I'd rather not have to lug the heavy bull barrel unless there is a hunting advantage.
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Re: SPS Tactical or Standard SPS?

I lugged a 13.5 lb. gun around the rocky mts. and not fun but it was my choice for the kind of hunting and shooting i was in to.
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Re: SPS Tactical or Standard SPS?

223s are very accurate...Take the lightest gun..
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Re: SPS Tactical or Standard SPS?

Remington also has the SPS Varmint. 26" bull barrel.
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Re: SPS Tactical or Standard SPS?

I have an SPS 26" heavy barrel .17 Fireball. Very accurate gun but a pain to carry around. It's barrel-heavy so I literally have to sling it upside down just to carry it over my shoulder. I use it for sit and shoot groundhog hunting and carry an Encore in .223 or .17 Fireball for run-and-gun hunting. I think you'd get the best of both worlds with this caliber in the 20" tactical. It's compact, lighter, and you'll lose little in velocity and, I'll bet, nothing in accuracy. I'm generalizing here but I think I'm correct in saying that shorter and heavier barrels tend to be more accurate because of their stiffness and less of a harmonics effect on the bullet going down the barrel.

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Re: SPS Tactical or Standard SPS?

i would go with the tactical as it comes with the hogue stock and an alluminum bedding block. dicks has them on sale right now for 549. plus as someone said the 1-9 twist will let you shoot heavier bullets if you handload.
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