.222 petloads

filmjunkie4ever

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May 4, 2011
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Just bought a Remington 722 from a friend with an aftermarket laminate stock. Going to pick it up this week.

The .222 has been on my bucket list since forever. He didn’t have any ammo but I bought dies and 100 pieces of brass. I have Federal 205 and CCI 400 small rifle primers.

On hand I have H 380, IMR 3031 and 4895, but nothing faster and 52 grain Hornady BTHP and 55 grain Sierra Gamekings. I would like to shoot 40-50 grainers for both punching paper and varmints.

Any pet loads to share?


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desertcj

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Sep 27, 2010
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I had a 722 years ago. I think you're going to want some faster powders. I was only about 15 at the time so I was pretty limited to whatever my Grandfather had on hand. IMR4198 is what I used with various 50-52gr bullets. TNT, Blitz, etc. I bet the 40gr ballistic tip would be a nice bullet in the triple deuce. My 722 was never super accurate, but would hold sub moa groups and I was able to shoot ground squirrels out to about 300yds with it.
 

filmjunkie4ever

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May 4, 2011
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I’ve been told 4198 is the golden goose with a .222 but Ken Waters lists several accurate loads with the 3031, I may give it a try before buying 4198.


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remingtonman_25_06

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Nov 17, 2005
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All I ever shot was IMR4198 from my older ADL 700 in a triple deuce. It shot 40g VMAX into 1/4 MOA at 3600fps consistently. It also shot all the 50s, 52s, and 55 plastic tipped bullets all around 3/8 to 1/2 MOA at most. One of the more accurate factory rifles I ever owned. Wished I never would've sold it...
 

358 WCF

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Jan 31, 2020
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A 24" barreled Sako Riihmaki shot my best groups with IMR4198 & Hornady 50SX lit by a 205M not chronographed for some reason. W748 also worked well with same bullet primer at just under 2900fps. This was a great lot of 50SXs in a few rifles up a Swift at 3850fps.

With Hornady 53 Match HPs H322 (again not chronographed) & IMR3031 (at just under 3000 fps) shot under 1/2" with 205Ms. With the H322 loads RP 7 1/2 primers doubled group size with all else the same.

Still wondering why I sold that rifle.
 

Bruce Mc

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Oct 26, 2005
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I shoot 22 grs of H-322, Lapa brass, and both 50 gr Nosler or Hornady bullet. Velocity is a little over 3200 fps from my 722.
 

wvbuckbuster

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Nov 5, 2015
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You have IMR3031 and 4895. Have used both. Never could get all of the listed weight of IMR3031 in case. Shot fair. 4895 does ok in some rifles. A friends 222 loves it. BLC2 23grs with a 52 gr match hp was always a good load for me. Dan.
 

cloverleaf

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Sep 10, 2006
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My friend never loaded for his rifle. (Same make and Cal.) As I recall it was stupid accurate with green box, and a ball to shoot. Have fun! CL
 

filmjunkie4ever

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May 4, 2011
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Bought some 4198 and a box of Fiocchi 50 grain VMAX factory loads.

I didn’t have time to make it to the range so sighted it in over the hood of the pickup, this target is from 75 yards. Liking what I see so far, am sure a benchrest and handloads will tighten that up.

The bullseye is smaller than a dime so...

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remingtonman_25_06

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Nov 17, 2005
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Nice! Its tough to beat the inherent accuracy of a triple deuce. It wasn't the king of BR for many years without good reason. Look no further than IMR4198.
 

filmjunkie4ever

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remingtonman_25_06":1xyyxr3n said:
Nice! Its tough to beat the inherent accuracy of a triple deuce. It wasn't the king of BR for many years without good reason. Look no further than IMR4198.
That’s exactly what I did Jorey, I bought some IMR4198. Just waiting for a day to go try it out with the 40 and 50 grain NBTs and Varmageddon BTs.


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remingtonman_25_06

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Nov 17, 2005
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Sweet deal! Let me dig up my notes, but I'm thinking it was around 21 or 21.5g with a 40g VMAX was money. I need to get me another one...
 
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