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Old February 10, 2013, 10:37 PM   #1
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Anyone familiar with the Sako L46 Pre Vixen? reloading ?'s

I was curious of the twist rate in a pre vixen. 7xxx run. Best bullet weight to twist rate? Thoughts,opinions?

Thanks!
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Old February 10, 2013, 11:01 PM   #2
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.22 Hornet? .222 Rem? .222 Rem Mag? The .222 Rem was the most popular chambering for that short L46 action, I believe, and the CIP rifling standard for that is 356 mm (14") pitch, same as the U.S. But the best bet is to measure it yourself with a dry patch on a cleaning rod that you put a registration mark on with a pencil. Mark the rod level with gun at the start and again when it has turned 360°. Measure the distance between the marks. Be sure the jag has not unscrewed any during the process.

If it is a .222 Remington and the 14" number is right, you'll likely get best accuracy from flat base bullets in the 50-60 grain weight range. That combination likes the 53 grain flat base Sierra MatchKing especially well for maximum accuracy to 200 yards or so.
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Old February 10, 2013, 11:37 PM   #3
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My apologies uncle nick it is a triple deuce. Which was by far the most popular. Hornet coming in second. I'll do that. I've heard of that before. Thank you very much. Glad to find an L46 fan at TFL!
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Old February 10, 2013, 11:48 PM   #4
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You might want to check out the Sako forum.
http://sakocollectors.com/forum/
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Old February 11, 2013, 12:17 AM   #5
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Azjohn I'm a part of that forum and have been for awhile. I asked this question there weeks ago with still no replies. I was a bit disappointed. Small part of the reason I joined here.
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Old February 11, 2013, 12:32 AM   #6
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It's a 14 twist.
50-52 gr bullets.
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Old February 11, 2013, 09:19 AM   #7
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Thanks jim I'll pick some up. When available.
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Old February 11, 2013, 09:45 AM   #8
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I had one. It loved 40gr Hornady Vmax factory loads. This lead me to believe it had a 1:16 twist.
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Old February 11, 2013, 11:18 AM   #9
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Thanks revolver. I was pretty ceartian it was a 14 or 16. I'll try my luck with the patch and rod method to try and know for sure.
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Old February 11, 2013, 12:36 PM   #10
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MINE is a tackdriver with Hornady 50gr SX bullets over BL-C2 propellent.
YOU have to do your own work in your own rifle as there are NO shortcuts to perfection.
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Old February 11, 2013, 07:52 PM   #11
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Thanks wil terry. I plan on patching it and figuring it out.
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