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Old June 10, 2000, 12:31 PM   #1
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Will be just starting to reload this caliber, after picking up new varmint rifle. I only used to do .223 before; I was going to use Nosler 55 grain BT and try Hornady 50 grain V-Max bullets. Was going to use IMR 4064 with Federal primers, I would welcome any suggestions you might have.
Shots will be up to 450 to 550 yards. THANKS!
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Old June 10, 2000, 04:30 PM   #2
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if you do not have a case trimmer of some sort, get one, along with a good set of calipers, the 220 stretches cases faster than just about any cartridge. i assume you want to load up to max speed as that is what the 220 is all about. case stretching is not as bad if you slow them down to 22-250 velocities or less, but then why have a 220.
i used to load 52mbthp by nosler with 39.0 gr of 4064 in my 220. i shot everything with it, coyotes,crows and deer. i know i will get told about that, but it was the gun i had and it is legal for deer here. i NEVER had a single deer go more than 2 steps in any direction, i even killed two in one shot with it , with a witness. all my shots were in the head, from point blank to 475 yards. when i quit hunting deer with that gun in 1986 i was 46 straight, one shot, no wounded, deer.
i shot over 2000 rounds through my 220, a heavy barrel ruger 77 , without any problems of ground checking my targets, just got tired of it and moved on to handguns and competitive skeet.
the 220 seems to like 4064 and 3031, mbthp's in the 50 to 55 grain range. i had to trim cases about every other firing and i chunked 'em on the fourth loading. i used norma and winchester brass, the lots i had seemed to crack after the fifth firing, winchester being worse than norma.
accuracy wise , the 220 with the nosler 52 bthp match will shoot .5 moa all day long.
hope it helps.
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Old June 10, 2000, 06:45 PM   #3
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blooch summed it up pretty well. I think the Norma brass is just a tad more malleable and thus less likely to crack.

I put a Canjar single-set trigger on my Ruger heavy barrel. Pure burning ruination on feral house cats, out at 300 yards or so.

I had good results with the Sierra 52-grain HPBT, FWIW. The Swift doesn't seem real picky about bullets, though.

I think I used the same 4064 load as blooch, but you oughta start a couple of grains lower an work up for your gun.

Have fun, Art
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Old June 10, 2000, 11:01 PM   #4
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Try RL-15 with 55gr bullets, data in Nosler manual, but works fine with 55 VMax.
meters better than 4064, too...
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