I tested the new 22 caliber 36 grain bullet from Barnes called the Varmint Grenade yesterday. I thought this would be a natural for my 222AI since I have been using 40 grain bullets. This rifle will shoot 3/8" groups all day long no matter which brand of 40 grainers you feed it. Results are on the target below. I used the same loading data for my 40gr loads. I did NOT do any further load development because I did not see any potential here. The sighter was shot with my regular 40 gr load to be sure everything was okay with the equipment.
Hmmm, did they replace the VLC bullets with these??? Just asking because my .222 loves the regular 40g VLC at 3700fps over 22.5g IMR-4198. It hasn't ever shot them over 3/8" at 100 yards. I dont see them listed anymore.
I also tested some of the varmint grenades today and here is what the did in my gun. http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r115/killahog/barnesvarmintgrenades002.jpg[/img]]web page The top target and the middle target was the barnes bullets, there is 4 shots in the top target. The bottom three groups are from a 40 grain Hornady vmax bullet. It was sort of windy today that accounted for some of the left to right dispersion I am sure. Bye the way those squares are 1/2 and the orange dots are 1"