.224 Varmint Grenade

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by slickdog, Jan 13, 2011.

  1. slickdog

    slickdog Member

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    I am just starting to try to work up loads for the Barnes 50gr Varmint Grenade. Does anyone have any data/recommendtions. I will be shooting a Cooper Model 21 Varmint, 1:14 twist. Would appreciate any info. thanks
     
  2. boomtube

    boomtube Well-Known Member

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    What cartridge is that Cooper Model 21 Varmint, 1:14 twist chambered for?
     

  3. slickdog

    slickdog Member

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    sorry boomtube, it is .223 Rem
     
  4. Wild Pete

    Wild Pete New Member

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    Hey slickdog

    Here in the lead free portion of CA, we've found, as did Barnes, that the 50gn Varmint Grenades won't work in a 14 twist. Barnes even says so on the box and in the manual. Barnes recommends that they be used in a in a 9 twist or tighter. Save them for your AR. If you check the length of the 50gr Grenade, I think you will find it as long or longer than the 70 gr lead bullets

    The 36gr Grenades have not been at all impressive in the slower twist barrels. A 14 twist was only marginally acceptable and the 12 twist in a Howa/Vanguard proved satisfactory though not exceptional. It seems that TAC in the .223 and W748 in the .222 gave the best results.

    A final observation. When contact is made with the pesky ground squirrel, the results are deadly but unimpressive. They lack the technicolor of more explosive projectiles and as such limits the joviality of the hunt.:rolleyes:

    If your required to use lead free ammo, or just want to, we're finding the Speer TNT Green and the Nosler Lead Free Ballistic Tip are giving much better results.

    Wild Pete
     
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  5. Michiganhunter

    Michiganhunter Well-Known Member

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    26 gr. of Hogdon Benchmark is the ticket for my AR. It's a Stag 1in9 24"Bull. That combo is a ragged hole at 100 yds, and covered by a quarter on the 200 yd range. Have yet to see how they do on a coyote, but the video I saw on the gel block they shot showed they fragment like a grenade in the first 8-10 inches of thre block? Hope there is no exit, or it could be ugly. My rifle also likes the 50gr. V Maxes with that sme powder? Good luck.gun)
     
  6. 264junkie

    264junkie Well-Known Member

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    If memory serves there was some previous threads about how some have had some splashing problems on coyotes. Might be worth a look.
     
  7. slickdog

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    Thanks to all for their input. I believe I will try other bullets for the Cooper. this is a great forum and I do appreciate all the responses...good shooting
     
  8. smoked

    smoked Well-Known Member

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    i use 28 gr benchmark with the 36 gr grenade, 3 shot ragged hole with a vanguard at 100 yards, 3990 fps, but after about 175 yards they are worthless.
     
  9. Wild Pete

    Wild Pete New Member

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    I agree smoked. We were having a terrible time making contact at medium to extended ranges. I usually blame my self for my incompetence as most often the equipment is far better than the operator. (ME):D I'm relieved to hear that someone else was having the same experience.lightbulb

    Wild Pete
     
  10. neutral

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    Hey guys, wondering if youve had the chance to play with seating depth? i've found that my rifle likes em long. I think that my gunsmith may have over reamed my chamber as my nosler 60gr btbt fit really nice at coal of 2.32. thats pretty much on the lands. what im wondering is would the varmint grenade benefit from reduced bullet jump or freebore?

    I have a couple powders that need using so im hoping to find a load that uses either benchmark or imr 4198. i usually have rl15 on hand but ran out. plus i think its better suited for heavier bullets.

    would appreciate the input

    the first batch or varmint grenades i used the 2.117 recomended and was not impressed. hope i can get a good load going
     
  11. Michiganhunter

    Michiganhunter Well-Known Member

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    Hey Pete,
    Are you saying that they are coming apart after 175 yards, or just not hitting the 10x?