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Old January 3, 2011, 01:59 PM   #1
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.222 magnum

Happy New Year to all, and thanks for taking the time to read my thread. I have been reloading pistol for a while and .223/ 5.56 rifle a few times. I now want to try and reload for a .222 magnum, its a older remington 700 with a nice older Simmons scope. Shoots great but at 76 bucks per 50 store bought rounds I cant afford to shoot it much. So I want to reload for it, but the round is pretty much obsolete. I do have some reload data taken from Speer reloading #14. Using H335 with a magnum primer, I do have once fired cartridges and will buy powder and primers local to avoid the high shipping cost. I will try different weights of bullet and different grains of powder starting at minimum and staying below maxium but was wondering if anyone still loads this and where I might be able to find the correct bullets. I wish there was a source for bullets in 10 round lots so I could try numerous weights without buying 100 of each. Any help is appreciated. Have a great New Year.
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Old January 3, 2011, 05:59 PM   #2
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"Loads" of data on the Hodgdon website for 222 Rem Mag. (sorry, couldn't avoid the pun)

I have one in a Sako Vixen. I normally stick with 50 or 55 gr bullets. Your twist rate will dictate how heavy you can go.

There is still new brass available for purchase.
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Old January 3, 2011, 07:43 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply, I do have that info and a ton more. I was really trying to find out where everyone is buying the bullets. I do remember someone posting a web page where someone sold bullets by the 10's. The pun was appreciated too.
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Old January 3, 2011, 10:43 PM   #4
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My 1964 (or 66 - it's been a long time!) Browning .222 Magnum has a 14" twist.

The bullet that performs best appears to be the 52 gr Hornady BTHP. Doesn't work as well with either 50 or 55 gr bullets.
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Old January 4, 2011, 10:19 AM   #5
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My Sako has a 1 in 14 twist and it dislikes anything over 55 Gr. 60 Gr stuff will shoot OK, but not well. Many .222 Mags have a 1 in 12 twist, which may shoot 60's OK. I shoot mostly 50 to 55 Gr stuff in it, although it will shoot lighter stuff very well.

H335 shoots well for me. It does a little better using mag primers. (205M is what I used) IMR 4895 also shoots well. No mag primer needed, but it doesn't hurt either. 2015 shoots really well. I only tried it because I had some, but was pleasently surprised. Same for primers. Either standard or mag works well.
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Old January 4, 2011, 10:42 AM   #6
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Thanks for the replies, I was very surprised at the performance of the 222 mag, out shot my ar 15 by alot. So I blamed it on the difference in glass.. I will check the barrel roatation but I suspect it is 1 in 14. Thanks again, anyone have that link to a company that sells bullets by the 10s instead of 100s?
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