Ok, first the setup. I have been picking up the components I will need to reload for my AR-15 (if it EVER gets here) and somehow I ended up with a box of Barnes .224 Varmint Grenade 36 gr HP bullets. I know I bought them at Boondocks but I'll be danged if I know why I picked up 36 gr bullets.
I have been reading books, internet articles and individual posts on several shooting forums for at least 6 months now and during that time I've found several differing opinions about everything to do with reloading including which bullets are suitable for a barrel twist rate. The first thing I discovered is, just like many other times in life, everyone has an opinion and none of them are the same. If I am to believe everything I've read, this is what I've found out.
a)The 36 grain bullet will either do just fine and is accurate as can be or,
b) It it will disintegrate into dust by the time it's traveled 30 inches downrange.
So, since I know you guys are more experienced and infinitely highly qualified on this subject than anyone else on the internet, I'm going to ask if anyone has fired these bullets through an AR with the same twist rate and if so, what were the results? Can these be fired through a 1:9 barrel and if so, is there a specific powder/charge range to avoid/recommend for this bullet?
Second question that I just remembered. I have a bunch of Lake City .223 once fired cases. Is this the "military" brass they talk about that has the thicker cases? If so, do I need to keep the powder charges lower because of pressure issues?
Sorry for the questions. I'm learning but it's going to take a while to catch up with the rest of you.
Have I mentioned yet that my rifle is taking way to long to get here?