222 magnum shooters?

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by jmsbigsmooth, Jan 21, 2013.

  1. jmsbigsmooth

    jmsbigsmooth Well-Known Member

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    Looking for info and opinions on this caliber, thanks.

    Jason
     
  2. ajhardle

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    Well Jason, there's two reasons your not going to find a lot of 222 magnum shooterson this forum:
    The first is that it really doesn't outperform the 223 by enough to make a difference.
    The second is that this is a long range forum. Last I checked, most 222 magnums have something like 1 in 14 twist barrels to stabilize lightweight varmint bullets, not long range bullets.

    That said, anything done with a 223 could probably be done with a 222 mag. just as well, maybe a tiny bit better. I love my 223, and I shoot 3/4 moa out past half mile in perfect conditions no problem.

    Why do you ask about the 222 magnum specifically? What do you plan on shooting it at?
     

  3. jmsbigsmooth

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    Well its not a caliber that I would really choose for anything, the only reason im inquiring about it, is because I just bought a 40X in this caliber that i'm planning on refurbishing. I always wanted a 40X and when this one came along for $50, I jumped ALLLLLL over it! So, to do the gun justice for collectability sake I thought i'd ask question about it. Thanks for your info!

    Jason
     
  4. roninflag

    roninflag Well-Known Member

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    i had a sako in that caliber . shot a bunch of coyote and fox. you have a great gun . refer to some manuals. and try some loads . it is awesome. i would start with 52 sierra or 50 baltip
     
  5. ajhardle

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    I would guess that 40x would go a great job of tiny groups at 100 yards.

    What you need to know is twist rate. It is most likely a 1 in 14 twist. Good for 40 to 50 gr bullets. If you don't know, you can use a cleaning rod with a tight fitting patch and run a strip of making tape running parallel with the bore axis on the rod. Note a where the edge of the tape lines up with some notable part of the receiver (or make a mark). Make a mark on the tape. Push the rod through, and mark the tape when that edge lines up with same spot on the receiver, exactly one revolution. Now the distance between marks on the tape is how far the bullet will travel making one full rotation, otherwise known as your twist rate.
     
  6. ajhardle

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    Congrats on the purchase of the rifle.
     
  7. TOM H

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    On LRH their is also SMALL GAME HUNTING and VARMINT HUNTING sections. I'm not sure who would move your question over to that section and I'm sure if it was important they would of done it by now.

    The Rem 40x 222mag was made with 1/14 twist barrel and Rem furnished two test targets with 5 shot group in each target average groups would be in the low .2's. The test loads was 26.5gr/IMR-4895 with 52gr Berger bullets and they gave no velocity with data. Them made a 40x also 40XBR that was etched on the action plus options including 2oz factory trigger. Early 40x had blue barrel then SS with wood stocks later synthetic. They also made 6x45 (6mmx223) and 6x47 (6mmx22mag) some 40x were set up for standard scope bases plus Unertal.

    At $50 not sure how you got it that cheap. the value of the 40x is in original condition normal wear and if you start redoing stock etc your value may just be in the action. Nothing to say barrel wasn't set back and new chamber cut lot of unknown to a buyer. I sold last of my 40x's couple years ago and my last one to sell was the 6x47 40X.

    After I sold the 40x's only factory rifle I kept was the Rem 722 in 222mag also had one build on 700 action with Lilja barrel.

    I've got 40x action that use to build a 223AI.

    Well good luck
     
  8. jmsbigsmooth

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    Thank you guys for all the information. The gun does need redone, though the stainless barrel shouldnt have any problems, the bore looks new. The action on the other hand has surface rust but still functions well and is in need of a polish and blue job. The stock is also going to have to be replaced. But all in all, its still a 40X and I hope it turns out to be at least a good shooter to add to my collection. Now all I need is a set of dies! LOL