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#5499621 - 08/08/11 Looking for loads for .222 for varmint shooting
Toms22 Offline
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I would like to hear what are some great loads for the .222 I plan of useing it for varmints. What powder and bullet to use in rifle. What is the best.

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#5499659 - 08/08/11 Re: Looking for loads for .222 for varmint shooting [Re: Toms22]
hunter01 Offline
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Loc: East central Ohio. Amish count...
21.0 gr. of 4198 with about any 50 gr. bullet. 4198 is ole standby for the .222. Try Hornady 50 gr. sx. Has worked good for me.

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#5499704 - 08/08/11 Re: Looking for loads for .222 for varmint shooting [Re: hunter01]
ingwe Offline
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Yep...Im using 19.0 grains of 4198 behind a Hornady 55 grain bullet.....
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#5499848 - 08/08/11 Re: Looking for loads for .222 for varmint shooting [Re: ingwe]
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Good advice from hunter01 aqnd ingwe.
4198 is a classic powder choice for the triple deuce.
Have had several that all shot well somewhere between 19-21 grs of 4198 and 50-52 gr bullets.
I like 50gr Hornady vmax for small varmits (are a little more explosive on the smaller stuff than Nosler b-tips), but like b-tips for coyotes (a little tougher bullet), and like the Sierra hollow points for punching paper.
I have an old Sako that dotes on 20grs of 4198 and the 50 gr vmax - 5 shot groups at 100yds into the .2-.3 range.
2015 powder has shot very well in the past as well............

Good Luck,
Ted smile

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#5499868 - 08/08/11 Re: Looking for loads for .222 for varmint shooting [Re: PaleRider]
ingwe Offline
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Yep 20.5 Gr. of 2015 behind the 55 gr. Horn shoots exactly like the 19.0 gr. of 4198....I can ( and have) used them interchangeably...
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#5499965 - 08/08/11 Re: Looking for loads for .222 for varmint shooting [Re: ingwe]
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That's the exact same 2015 load I used in the 222 with the 55gr H. spire point cool - Obviously you are a refined handloader grin
I shot that same bullet in both my 22-250 (with 4064 powder) and in the 222/223 with different powders back before we had so many bullet choices and plastic tips, etc. - Seems like it was simpler back then smile , and always got great results.

Best,
Ted

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#5500088 - 08/08/11 Re: Looking for loads for .222 for varmint shooting [Re: PaleRider]
ingwe Offline
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well, you wont believe thia but MY .22-250 eats 4064 too....

you must be an astute reloader yourself...
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#5500148 - 08/08/11 Re: Looking for loads for .222 for varmint shooting [Re: ingwe]
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Subbing RL-7 for 4198, especially the IMR version, has gotten me very accurate loads with much better metering.

I have run 21 grains for forties and 20.5 for fifties; maxes are usually similar to the 4198's.
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#5502837 - 08/09/11 Re: Looking for loads for .222 for varmint shooting [Re: HawkI]
Toms22 Offline
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Registered: 12/16/07
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Thanks for the information fellows. I think I will try the 4198 powder and a 50 gr bullet.

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#5506288 - 08/10/11 Re: Looking for loads for .222 for varmint shooting [Re: Toms22]
headspace Offline
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Registered: 08/28/03
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Loc: Kansas
Try Calhoon double hollow points. 42 grains. Shot against a steel plate they disolve into a grey cloud, even out at 300 yards. They are very entertaining in a dog town. Boy do they pop! My rifle likes 4198, Blc2, Rx7,Viht 133,,,,,,,

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#5506315 - 08/10/11 Re: Looking for loads for .222 for varmint shooting [Re: headspace]
RWE Offline
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Loc: Old North State
My old standby:

22.2 gr of H322. 50gr Blitz.
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#5506432 - 08/10/11 Re: Looking for loads for .222 for varmint shooting [Re: headspace]
Dirtfarmer Offline
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Registered: 11/28/10
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Loc: Central Louisiana
+1 on Ball C(2) and Vv N133.

DF

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#5513036 - 08/12/11 Re: Looking for loads for .222 for varmint shooting [Re: Toms22]
roninflag Offline
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Loc: az
20.5 of i4198 with a 50; 21.5 with a 40.

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#5513049 - 08/12/11 Re: Looking for loads for .222 for varmint shooting [Re: roninflag]
ingwe Offline
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Forgot one...another pet load...55 gr NBT in front of 24 gr. Varget...
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#5513249 - 08/12/11 Re: Looking for loads for .222 for varmint shooting [Re: ingwe]
Mesabi Offline
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25.0 grains of AA2520, CCI BR4 primer, 50 grain Nosler Ballistic Tip.

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#5514789 - 08/12/11 Re: Looking for loads for .222 for varmint shooting [Re: HawkI]
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Loc: Southern Oregon USA
Originally Posted By: HawkI
Subbing RL-7 for 4198, especially the IMR version, has gotten me very accurate loads with much better metering.

I have run 21 grains for forties and 20.5 for fifties; maxes are usually similar to the 4198's.



NOW HERE is a man who knows what he is talking about..

as much as Ingwe's experiences mirror mine... I admit that I have even a lot more fondness for RL 7..

I use it a lot in the 223, 22.250 and larger cartridges to boot...this from a guy who easily goes thru 8 to 10 lbs of IMR 4198 ..and 10 lbs of Blue Dot and SR 4759 a year to boot..
in about 18 months or so...
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#5517243 - 08/13/11 Re: Looking for loads for .222 for varmint shooting [Re: ingwe]
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Originally Posted By: ingwe
Forgot one...another pet load...55 gr NBT in front of 24 gr. Varget...

This one is totally new to me. Most of the other loads on this thread...I've heard of and probably tried at one time or another. I don't shoot 55s in my 222(mostly 40s and some 50s); the AR gets the 55 gr action. But I 'll have to try this recipe. Thanks, ingwe; posts like this keep this forum interesting.
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#5517612 - 08/13/11 Re: Looking for loads for .222 for varmint shooting [Re: 222Sako]
ingwe Offline
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Thanks! And that one is coming out if a std. 1 in 14 twist...shoots GREAT!

My "cheap" load is 19.5 gr. of 4198 behind a 55 gr. Horn in that gun...
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#5519179 - 08/14/11 Re: Looking for loads for .222 for varmint shooting [Re: Toms22]
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Ramshot Xterminator powder meters well and is clean burning; just as accurate as any of the rest.

Light bullets like the 40 gr. Sierra HP work well, also try the Speer 52 gr. HP.

And as noted by other posters, the Hornady SX line of bullets are also very good for hunting.

You will enjoy the .222.

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#5519243 - 08/14/11 Re: Looking for loads for .222 for varmint shooting [Re: BuckeyeSpecial]
ingwe Offline
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Registered: 12/20/08
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Loc: Southwestern Montucky
I just had a " Clean up the odds and ends on the bench" session and loaded some 50 gr. TNTs with some H335...anybody tried 335 in the deuce???
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#5519356 - 08/14/11 Re: Looking for loads for .222 for varmint shooting [Re: ingwe]
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Yes

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#5519371 - 08/14/11 Re: Looking for loads for .222 for varmint shooting [Re: BuckeyeSpecial]
ingwe Offline
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Registered: 12/20/08
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Sooooo..does 22.5 gr. H335 behind a 50 grainer sound about right???
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#5519375 - 08/14/11 Re: Looking for loads for .222 for varmint shooting [Re: ingwe]
RWE Offline
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Registered: 09/04/07
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Loc: Old North State
Originally Posted By: ingwe
Sooooo..does 22.5 gr. H335 behind a 50 grainer sound about right???


Don't know, but 22.2 of H322 behind one does.

Don't tell HawkI I said that. I know what he thinks about H322.

Hold into the wind....
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#5519611 - 08/14/11 Re: Looking for loads for .222 for varmint shooting [Re: RWE]
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Just stay downwind....
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#5519712 - 08/14/11 Re: Looking for loads for .222 for varmint shooting [Re: Toms22]
keith Offline
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Registered: 02/08/02
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You will find some really great loads here:

http://www.centerfirecentral.com/viewer.html

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