Re: 224 Clark
I read with interest the comments about the 224 Clark and other Super 22’s.
Low many years ago I owned a gun shop in Florida and just had a passion for 22cf rifles. Since my policy to my employees was, no 22cf could be sold until I decided to keep it of put it in stock, I ended up with a fine collection of them. If memory serves be correctly I once owned 28 22cf rifles at the same time, and a few 17’s. Never met one I didn’t like.
Having spent my lean collage years in Middle Tennessee when money was used for gasoline, girls, and cartridges, I provided most of my food by shooting it, typically rabbits, squirrels, frogs and groundhogs, depending on the season.
I began my groundhog hunting on a large farm out of Tuckers Crossroads with a Marlin 39, but soon moved up to the centerfires. Years later the lure to be in those green pastures was still embedded in my soul.
In the early 70’s every spring would find me in Middle Tennessee for a couple of weeks to reconnect with old girlfriends and to hunt groundhogs.
My main gun by then was the 220 Swift and to this day should I be compelled to own only one gun and forsake all others for any and all occasions, that gun would be a 220 Swift. However, there was this one ole whistler who had dug his den right slap-dab in the middle of a huge pasture and there was no way I could within 500 yards for him without being spotted and him diving for the refuge of his hole. I sent numerous 52 grain HPBT’s at the fellow but never could I even scare him.
Then I read an article in, I believe, Shooting Times about the 224 Clark. ‘Could this be my answer for that untouchable ole hog?’
I contacted Kenneth Clark and while talking with him he convinced me to send a 03A3 I had taken in trade which was already sporterized with a fine tiger stripped walnut stock.
Mr. Clark installed and free floated one of his barrels, and when the rifle returned with it were two boxes, one with his 80 grain varmint bullet and the other his game bullet, which I seem to remember was 82 grains. Also there was a short handwritten note with suggestions of 5 loads of various powders and powder contents.
Using the first of his suggestions I loaded 10 rounds, 5 with the varmint bullet and 5 with the game bullet and went to the old police range behind the airport. The first 5 shot at 100 yards produced literally a single enlarged hole. The next five using the game bullet spread to about ¾ of an inch. I never tried any other load after that. A few years ago I had this round chronographed and it consistently produced in and around 3500fps from my 24inch barrel.
That spring I took my 224 Clark to that Tuckers Crossroads farm and killed the ole boy with my first shot at 500 long paces.
I have no idea how many rounds I have fired through that rifle, but apparently not too many as it never lost its accuracy. I do know I had a new 284 Winchester that did after only about 200 shots with factory rounds so I don’t believe the 224 Clark is near the overbore of many of our most popular so called ‘Magnum’ factory cartridges.
No brag, just fact.
Should I ever find it’s beginning to spread its shots I buy another in 224 Clark, not try and rechamber it to something else.