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Old April 11, 2013, 05:22 PM   #1
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Barnes 22 cal 40 grain varmintor

Hello everyone. I can't find load data for the 40 grain varminator bullet. 36 grain varmint granade but that's it. Should I use that load data? I would like to use varget or h335. Anyone got a load worked up for the 40 grain? Thanks
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Old April 11, 2013, 05:35 PM   #2
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In what cartridge would you be loading these?

It is not safe to use data for LIGHTER bullets. Heavier or equal bullets of similar construction is fine, not lighter.
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Old April 11, 2013, 08:11 PM   #3
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.223 is what I was hoping to load them in.
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Old April 12, 2013, 08:49 AM   #4
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Barnes should offer online data for that bullet. And, in the Lyman 49th edition, loads are shown for the Nosler 40 gr Ballistic Tip (or is it the VMax?).
I use the Nosler 40 grainer and load it near the max shown in the Lyman book and get great accuracy. If you use that load data, start at the minimum and work up. I've found that H335 works quite well for me with that bullet.

I'd go online first to get the Barnes data.
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Old April 12, 2013, 04:00 PM   #5
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Barnes online only post for 36 grn and 45 grn bullets. The Lyman book says 40 grn v max. Is it ok to load with the v max data and just start low?
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Old April 14, 2013, 07:01 AM   #6
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I've emailed Barnes in the past when they didn't show load data and they have been pretty good about responding with what they recommend.
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Old April 14, 2013, 08:23 AM   #7
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I would advise comparing the data between the 40gr V-Max and the 45gr SPT listed by Lyman. Start at the lower of the two starting loads and works up to the lower of the two max loads. If you don't experience any unexpected pressure signs, continue up the the higher of the two.

You can see by comparing the data that there is as much "art" as science in their numbers. The 45gr SPT has higher max loads than the 36gr Varmint Grenade for some powders (RX7) and lower for others, while the 40gr V-Max has higher charges than both, in some loads (AA-2015), and not others.
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Old April 14, 2013, 02:23 PM   #8
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Thanks for the great info guys. As always this site is a huge help. I will try emailing Barnes again. I will also work up a load as you suggested brian. Thanks
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