Reloading .222rem

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Leupold, Apr 4, 2015.

  1. Leupold

    Leupold New Member

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    Hello to all,

    I have a rifle Steyr Mannlicher in caliber .222rem. I'm trying for several weeks to find the best "recepy" that group of hits would be inside of 1 cm on 100 meters, but I'm not succesfull. So far I came inside 1,5 cm, but ... I would like that group would be in 1 cm. My components which I use are:
    - Lapua match cases,
    - CCI BR4 primers,
    - Sierra HPBT 52 gr. (1410) bullets,
    - Powder Vihtavuori N133
    Has someone some good recomendation or experiances that would give better results that 1,5 cm group (100 meters)?
    Please help me, I would really appreciate for your advices... Thank you!

    Leupold
     
  2. Lone Hunter

    Lone Hunter Well-Known Member

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    Try some IMR 4198 in the .222. I had real good accuracy with it and 50-52 gr bullets.
     
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    Lone Hunter Well-Known Member

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  4. scottishkat

    scottishkat Well-Known Member

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    My best groups have been with 23.2 gr of Hogdon Benchmark and the 50gr NBT and Rem 6.5 primers. Remington does not recommend the 6.5 for the 222 but I had no trouble and groups were excellent like 10 in a dime at 100.

    IMR 4198 is good as well. H335 was Walt Bergers favorite with 52gr Match FB. I would definitely try his recipe.

    I have tried Benchmark, H335, H322 and IMR 4198. All from my 700 CDL with a 24" BBL VV 133 looks real fast I always found that my 700 did not like to get pushed much past 3000 fps.

    Is your mannlicher a 20"bbl? If so I would concentrate on the faster burn rate powders like 4198.

    Good luck and shoot straight

    Bob
     
  5. roninflag

    roninflag Well-Known Member

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    i would try I4198. also 205M primers. and maybe a 52 grain berger. 1.5 cent is not a bad group. the .222 is great round. enjoy trying for better . very pleasant to shoot. and load for. ron
     
  6. Hairtrigger

    Hairtrigger Well-Known Member

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    I have found the 222 to be very forgiving
    Most loads shoot above average in it
     
  7. Leupold

    Leupold New Member

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    Hello again,

    In attachement I send you my best group which I shoot few weeks ago (100 meters distance). There in that "hole" are 8 shots, two are visible near (potential "flyers"). 8 shots in 1,5*1,3 cm I think is not bad, but, I would like to do somethink that group would be better. Do you think I expect too much?

    In my country is not possible to get Berger's bullets and also not powder IMR :-(

    Regards

    Leupold
     

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  8. scottishkat

    scottishkat Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the forum Leupold the group you have looks pretty good to me from a factory rifle especially one from a factory mannlicher stock. Have you tried changing COAL (Case over all length) a different primer or lighter/heavier charge weight? Norma N200 is similar to I4198.

    How far from the Lans is your current loading? What is your bbl length?

    Shoot straight

    Bob