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I've always loaded with 50 grainers but am wanting to try some 40 grain bullets a try so was wondering if anyone has any loads they wouldn't mind sharing.
 

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Its been my experience that the 222 can shine with 40's. I shoot 40 grain Ballistic tips out of a Rem 722 with excellent results.

Try H335, H322 and IMR 4198. All have produced exceptional accuracy and groups for me. If I take it a step further and seat .005 off it gets even better, however the rounds wont fit in the magazine.
 

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My Model 700 vintage 1972 BDL is the most accurate factory rifle I own. I did extensive load development for it when I aquired it 3 or 4 years ago. I tried 5 different bullets from 40-50 grains, and 7 different powders. I tried every primer made for small rifles.

Using Lapua Match Brass, I found 23 grains of IMR 4895 with a 40 grain Sierra Blitz King and CCI 400 primer produced 5 shots groups consistently in the low .2's. And if I did my part, would dip into the .1's. This load is mild, but very accurate with low deviation from shot to shot in a variety of temperatures and weather conditions.

Mike Walker, who developed the 700 and was a key engineer in the .222 Remington, shot IMR 4895 out of this round exclusively, and produced a .009" group while doing so.

Just something to think about or try.

You will find a lot of answers from a lot of people pointing to H4198, R7, H322 and other "popular" powders (mainly due to internet discussion and research).

This round held the majority of short range records until the introduction of the PPC family. It has a lot of potential, in a veriety of rifle setups.

Don't settle for second best if accuracy is your goal. Try some things outside the box if the popular combos aren't producing eye catching groups and you'll be impressed with what this old timer can do these days.

Good Luck
 

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BONZy said:
Its been my experience that the 222 can shine with 40's. I shoot 40 grain Ballistic tips out of a Rem 722 with excellent results.

Try H335, H322 and IMR 4198. All have produced exceptional accuracy and groups for me. If I take it a step further and seat .005 off it gets even better, however the rounds wont fit in the magazine.
x2 on the IMR-4198 powder. And Rem 7 1/2 BR primers.
 

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neck sized ww cases 21.5 grain of reloader 7..cci standard primer...2.142 length 40 grain v max...3508 accross a chronograph and shoots .2-.5 depending on the rest i'm shooting off of.

20.6-21.2 imr 4198 3400-3550 depending on case and charge. in general shoots in the .1-.4 inch range depending on other variables.. same 40 grain v max same overall length at 2.142. I use a variety of primers in this load..

I have won some money with the following load even though it is a 50 grain load.
neck sized ww case 25.2 grains of blc2 2.132 length 50 grain hornady spire point. CCI regular or ww primer. Once threw 5 down one hole in front of about 20 witnesses.
 

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For what it's worth the imr 4198 load has been run through all of 4 of the .222s that I load for and it has shot better than 3400 fps in all of them including the 19.5 inch carbine that I used to own. Has shot less than .5 in all of them as well.
 

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2 weekends ago I loaded some 40 gr V-max. Havent been able to make it to the range yet buy have high hopes for this. I'm hoping my 722 will like them.
 

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2 weekends ago I loaded some 40 gr V-max. Havent been able to make it to the range yet buy have high hopes for this. I'm hoping my 722 will like them.
Very hard to make a 222 not shoot good
 
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