.222 Remington

CBH Australia

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I would have said 200yards but I forgot it's a lot my range Forum.
.222 was very popular in Australia until maybe late 80's early nineties.
I have a mate who still uses one professionally harvesting kangaroos for the meat trade.
The .223 has more popularity these days
 

nakneker

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I’ve had quite a few 222s and currently have 8 rifles in 222, all bolt actions. Extremely easy cartridge to tune and it’s rare you can’t get one to shoot small. It has a longer neck than the 223 but less powder capacity. The triple deuce was extremely popular back in the 60s and used a lot for benchrest. I think having one in Ruger number one would a lot of fun. brass and dies are easy to come by and several powders work well, H4198 and H322 to name a couple of my favorites. I shoot a lot of 50 grain bullets out of mine with good results. Enjoy! That’s a neat rifle.
 

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There are 2 twist rates that Ruger used for their
Triple Deuce #1: 1:14 and 1:9. I’m not sure which I have.
I ran a bolt rifle in .222 Rem Mag for a while in 1k shoots, 1-8 twist 27" barrel with 80gr Bergers VLD... loved it, surprisingly good even in a bit of wind as long as it wasn't too gusty. I'd bet you'll find it's a 1-14 twist if it's a 1-9 twist look hard at the 65gr Sierra Game King, great bullet for the 1-9 twist bores. Cheer! Wait!! I just realized you have .222 Rem "not" Mag ... Ok everything the same just not as much range I guess. Crap! next time I'll slow down. :)
 

jski

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BTW, that puppy has a 25” barrel ... exactly. That’s pretty long. Is that typical for a Ruger #1?
 

johngibbs222

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I used to have a 222 back in he 60s have a ruger #3 in 223 now, I backed off the loads a wee bit and it has similar ballistics to the 222.
Try using 55 grn fmj bt for paper punching, the 1:14 twist should just about stabilise it, if you have the faster twist try Barnes 50 grain varmint grenades which work quite well out to 250 yards in my rifle which has a 1:10 twist rate.
 

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erle

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Back in the early 1960’s I shot a lot of groundhogs with a REM. bolt action .222. They were all long shots and if the wind was blowing very much it would blow the 50 grain HP Hornady off target. Rather than always trying to guess at the allowance for wind, I traded for a .243.
 

tigerrose01

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My first rifle was a used Rem. 722 in .222 and I still have it today. It killed countless groundhogs and my first whitetail...a 302 lb. doe...at 145 yds. Both lungs destroyed but no pass through. I was lucky but didn't know better at that age.
 

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Many reference s here to bigger and better cartridges but the .222 does hold it's own.
It's both accurate and effective.
It's been said it has potential for better accuracy than the .223 having a longer neck.
It's possibly a little under rated, it's now in the shadow of the ever popular .223,
I use .223 because it's common and more popular but I still regret selling my first .222 a Tikka M55. I shot plenty of goats with it, hit them right and it kills quickly
Still a great round . Horses for courses but don't discount its ability in its own right
 

Lenny Foffa

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222 in 700 BDL with a 14 twist. Playing with 50 and 55 grn bullets, but I think that's the top end bullet weight for this sporter. Scope is a Leupold 12 X
 

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