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Feb 6th, 2016 at 8:09pm
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Hey all, just picked up a Brno Fox 222 - yeah I know, it's not a vixen!
Anywho, I'm interested to hear what you guys are using/suggest as an all round projectile. Small fluffy things out to 200ish and the odd goat and fallow in closer.
Brother loaded for a fox 222 30yrs back, luckily he kept the dies and 80 Norma brass
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Re: 222 loads
Reply #1 - Feb 6th, 2016 at 8:28pm
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I'm using 24gn's of Win748 behind 60gn Hornady's for everything - deer, pigs, chamois and rabbits etc. Have also shot the odd tahr with that load.
The Sierra 65gn Game Kings would be worth a look if you are after a hunting round.
  
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Re: 222 loads
Reply #2 - Feb 6th, 2016 at 9:02pm
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Win 748 is a good powder in the 222, so is ADI BM2. Both are a near full case. I used to use 55gr Hornady as an all rounder, the one with the cannelure as it held together a bit better. You may achieve better accuracy with the 50gr in the Fox, keeping the speed up in the 1:14 twist works best.
  
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Re: 222 loads
Reply #3 - Feb 6th, 2016 at 9:55pm
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Husky 1600 wrote on Feb 6th, 2016 at 8:28pm:
I'm using 24gn's of Win748 behind 60gn Hornady's for everything - deer, pigs, chamois and rabbits etc. Have also shot the odd tahr with that load.
The Sierra 65gn Game Kings would be worth a look if you are after a hunting round.

You stole our intellectual property.  Grin Use this in my mates Vixen and it is deadly.65gr Sierra maybe a bit heavy we would have thought. It is lethal in the 223 with BM2. 748 is the powder for the triple deuce.Ran some 53gr Barnes up for him but he was never happy.He harvests fallow,reds and chamois with his Vixen.
  
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Reply #4 - Feb 7th, 2016 at 4:43am
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For my Sako and BSA I use this load 55gn Speer soft point, 21.6 gn 2207. I shoot everything with this load.
  
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Reply #5 - Feb 7th, 2016 at 8:06am
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The .223 is not the same cartridge. The 60 and 65 grain bullets won't stablise in a .222.

I use 55 grain Hornady (with cannelure) so far as well in my .222 Vixen.
19.5 grains of 2207 and seated to touch the lands will give my thumbnail sized five shot groups and velocity of 3065 fps out of the 23 inch barrel.
With 25 grains of AR2208 (compressed in Norma brass) I get the same groups and around 3020 fps

I also have excellent accuracy with the 52 grain Sierra HPBT and 23.5 grains of IMR4895 for 3060 fps. Half inch groups as well.
I would shoot deer with either bullet.

I havn't yet got a load that shoots as well yet with 50 grain bullets, all go around an inch. but I havnt tried very hard.

All in Norma brass and CCI400 primers.

Different brass makes a measurable difference, and OAL makes a significant difference, at least in this rifle.
  
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Reply #6 - Feb 7th, 2016 at 8:11am
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Thanks CH, good info there
  
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Reply #7 - Feb 7th, 2016 at 12:04pm
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In my BRNO Fox. 222 Im using PMC brass, Fed primers, 21.2gn AR2207 AND hornady 50gn SP (#2245), and projs seated just off touching for average 3230fps.
This load gave best grouping and it groups just under SMOA all day with this load (and its still over a grain under where first pressure signs showed).
I've used it successfully on everything from magpies to reds and pigs - used very selectively for the latter two I hasten to add. I havent tried heavier than 55 gn proj in the 1:14 twist barrel - heavier than 55gn might struggle to stabilise IMO (as CH notes also.
Lovely light rifle to carry on the hill.
Creeper I also have a Vixen .222 using almost same load but with RP brass for 3100fps average but while it shoots like a demon, the barrel fouls quickly (after about 30 rds) so I prefer the Fox if a few rounds are going to be used in the day.
  
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Reply #8 - Feb 7th, 2016 at 7:33pm
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I speer 50 and 52grn hp flat base in my .223 and love the performance....I got onto these as its what my Brother used to use in his Fox back when he had one and it shot VERY VERY well with the 50 grn and took care of bunnies,goats and even the odd pig with authority.
  
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Reply #9 - Feb 7th, 2016 at 10:29pm
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Carlsen Highway wrote on Feb 7th, 2016 at 8:06am:
The .223 is not the same cartridge. The 60 and 65 grain bullets won't stablise in a .222.

I use 55 grain Hornady (with cannelure) so far as well in my .222 Vixen.
19.5 grains of 2207 and seated to touch the lands will give my thumbnail sized five shot groups and velocity of 3065 fps out of the 23 inch barrel.
With 25 grains of AR2208 (compressed in Norma brass) I get the same groups and around 3020 fps

I also have excellent accuracy with the 52 grain Sierra HPBT and 23.5 grains of IMR4895 for 3060 fps. Half inch groups as well.
I would shoot deer with either bullet.

I havn't yet got a load that shoots as well yet with 50 grain bullets, all go around an inch. but I havnt tried very hard.

All in Norma brass and CCI400 primers.

Different brass makes a measurable difference, and OAL makes a significant difference, at least in this rifle.

My mate shoots the 60gr Hornady very well in his Vixen.No issues there.
  
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Re: 222 loads
Reply #10 - Feb 8th, 2016 at 4:08am
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+1 for the Hornady 55 grn SP with cannelure.

Havent found a bad powder yet, out of the common ones for this caliber.

Currently settled on AR2208, 23.5 grains seated 5 thou back  ( using this powder in 270 as well )

Velocity is down around 2810 fps but groups ok.
  
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Re: 222 loads
Reply #11 - Feb 8th, 2016 at 8:26am
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60gn Hornady's certainly do stabilise out of my 222, have no idea what the twist rate is, but it keeps on putting them inside 1 1/4 moa every time I do my bit, has done for years, shot a tahr in excess of 250 with it.
  
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Reply #12 - Feb 9th, 2016 at 12:43am
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Then I will try them out myself.
  
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Reply #13 - Feb 9th, 2016 at 1:38am
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my vixen doesn't particularly like 55's doing its best work with 50's and 52,53 match bullets  . . wouldn't even try 60's 
but i have come across others who say their's do just fine with 60's, which just go to show all guns are individuals
  
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Re: 222 loads
Reply #14 - Feb 9th, 2016 at 4:57am
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My mates vixen is one from the 70's and it has never been rebarrelled.Few rounds thru it as well. Just shows you.
  
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