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Old June 16, 2013, 12:22 PM   #1
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Hornady .224 35 gn VMAX

I was checking in a box (big box with lots of little boxes) where I keep remainders of bullets I'm loading, kind of like searching an ashtray for an unburnt roach (). Getting a little desperate for cartridge precursors.

I found an unopened box of HNDY .224 35 grain VMAX. I've checked Hornady's 8th and 9th and the website and there is no such listing. The new manual lists a 35 grain NTX but with a very different bullet shape than the VMAX.

I cannot remember why I bought these bullets but it would have been in the last two years. Does anyone know of any load data for them? I'd be shooting them out of a CZ 527 American with a 22 inch barrel.
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Old June 16, 2013, 12:48 PM   #2
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Are they lead free, or standard bullets that makes a huge differance.

If they are lead free then load them with powder charges for 40 or 45 grain bullets depending on thier length. Start at the starting load, and work up carefuly.

Acurate Arms list for a 35 grain VMax. That is the only listing I have found so far. They list 4 powders:

1680
5744
2015
2230
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Old June 16, 2013, 01:36 PM   #3
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Are these being loaded in .223Rem or one of the various other .224 cartridges?
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Old June 16, 2013, 02:10 PM   #4
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I bought them with intent to load for .223, but they may well be unsuitable for that. .223 Rem is the only cartridge I load with .224 bullets.
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Old June 16, 2013, 09:58 PM   #5
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No reason at all they'd be unsuitable for that. The v-max is a traditional cup and core, copper jacket lead core bullet. You can use data for other bullets of the same weight and construction. Data for the 40gr V-max or similar bullet would be fine.
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Old June 17, 2013, 06:36 AM   #6
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Over the last few weeks a range buddy has been shooting the 35 grain Hornady # 22252 V-Max .223 bullets in his Savage 10 FCP-K to see how they do in a 1:9 twist barrel. They sure are little bullets and won't seat out at the normal 2.250 overall length for a 2.250 because they fall out of the cartridge neck.

He was using Benchmark powder with loads from 24.7 to 25.1 grains at overall lengths from 2.090 and 2.200. The most accurate load in his rifle was 24.7 at 2.200 that shot to an average of 0.566. That isn't as good his average group size with most of his loads with bullets from 40 to 69 grain bullets.
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Old June 17, 2013, 11:30 AM   #7
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I can see where the minimal bullet seating vs. jump to the lands could be a bit troublesome with these little pills in the .223 Remington . I would think they would be better suited for the .22 Hornet . I think I would try to trade them rather than burn up primers and powder for loads that most likely wont perform well and that you wouldnt be able to duplicate later as the bullets appear to be discontinued .
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Old June 17, 2013, 12:59 PM   #8
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Thanks for the suggestions. I also found a box of 40 gn VMAX and I think I'll load those instead. I'll just hang on to the 35 gn bullets (they are tiny) and see what comes.
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Old June 18, 2013, 05:26 PM   #9
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I use 35 and 40 gr. for loading 5.7x28, Seems lite for the AR
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