Wouldn't your 22-284 be able to get by with a little slower twist than the 8" since it's going so fast? 1-8 is for 223ish.
Not saying its a bad thing just kinda thinkin out loud. Which leads me to a 17 PPC, Tooley stock, Nesika action, I don't know, seems like a hellacious doggin rig!
Just a little more here. I've been using a couple factory 17's for about 10 years or so now on coyotes and love 'em. I also have a 17" Shilen .17 Mach IV XP-100. I was using Todd Kindler's 29 BTHP, and found it to be a good performer on coyotes to about 300+. DC-- i saw that guy you're talking about on the cover of Small Caliber News-- right?? Big bearded guy-- bigger than the wolf he's holding up-- right?? And that guy shooting @ 1000 was Corbin Shell-- I made copies of the PS article and sent it to my Small Caliber friends. Of all the stuff i've seen/heard over the years though, i believe one of the most experienced .17 cal. shooters has got to be Blaine Eddy out of Clearfield, UT. He is an accuracy/velocity .17 cal. nut, and kills right around 100 coyotes/season with 'em. He's used all kinds of .17's-- right now he's working on a short BR case, but was shooting a shortened PPC case last season he called the .17DT. A little more on bullets-- Blaine was telling me the 30 gr. Gold from Todd Kindler (SCN editor) is the highest B.C. 17 cal. bullet (besides the big Berger), and it supposedly shoots flatter to 500 than any other of equivalent wt., he's currently using some of the Genco's now-- they're supposed to have a website somewhere. Anybody that's seriously interested in the .17's ought to give Eddy a call. That guy's got a world of 17 bullet/case experience. He's in the book.
Hey Brian-- what koind of accuracy were you getting out of that .222 Mag. case??
I used the 25 grain Hornady HP in the .17/222 mag imp. from 1986 to 1997.
I first tested the 30 grain bullet in 1997 when it became available in Australia, and in about 2002 bought a supply of the 30 grain Hammett HPBT. About 2 weeks ago I tested the Kindler 30 grain Gold which you referred to.
The 25 grain Hornady Hp produced numerous groups of less than .4 moa, with several under .2, and this was with my field load of 30 grains of H414 which produced 4380 to 4503 fps depending on temperature.
I never got to do the full case preparation routine to try for the ultra small group, as I am happy with sub .5moa in my field loads which have a minimum of case preparation.
The 30 grain Berger HP gave several groups under .5 moa, but only if velocity did not exceed about 3,700 fps. At 4,100 fps they would not reach the 100 yard target.
The 30 grain Hammett HPBT has given some groups under .5 moa, but I have been getting some fliers. However, I first started testing them when the barrel had fired 1400 shots and the throat eroded .250 inches.
Since the barrel was set back, rechambered, and rebedded about 6 months ago, I have been regularly getting 2 shots touching and a flier. I hope to sort out that problem in the coming weekend.
I have only fired 3 groups with the Kindler 30 grain Gold and they all were between .7 and .9 moa. As I am using a 1 in 10 twist barrel, this probably wasn't a bad result, as many find they need a 1 in 9 twist barrel to stabilise them.
Hope the above information helps. Good luck, Brian.
The fellow you mentioned on the cover is a friend of mine and the person I mentioned.
He could fill a magazine with some of the experiances he has had in Alaska. He likes his 17 VLR, his 224 Clark and the 6.5/300 Weatherby and has killed "Many" 100s of critters with them over the years. Some of the ranges he kills are very long.
He also sent me some of the 30 Gr Golds and I have yet to try them out to any degree.