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Reply #15 - Feb 9th, 2016 at 5:34am
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I have a Brno fox in .222. I have owned it since new some 30 years. I only load 55gn pills as they seem to suit it best. Tried 60gn and 62gn. all over the place. Our local gunsmith is a Brno expert and says 55gn are the one to use. I load a 55gn Hornady soft point with 20gns of 2207. This gives me 3200fps
Sub 1/2" at 100 and 2" groups off a bench rest at 300. (on a calm day ) LOL.
Last year I shot a lame sambar on a mates far at 120meters. Head shot and it dropped stone dead.
My advice: load i bullet, stick to it and learn to shoot it .
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Reply #16 - Feb 9th, 2016 at 8:32am
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The trebly is an inherently accurate cartridge but when you hit the sweet spot for YOUR rifle they can be a tack driver. Wink
  
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Reply #17 - Feb 9th, 2016 at 9:21am
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[quote author=63667377140 link=1454789379/15#15 date=1454996042]I have a Brno fox in .222. I have owned it since new some 30 years. I only load 55gn pills as they seem to suit it best. Tried 60gn and 62gn. all over the place. Our local gunsmith is a Brno expert and says 55gn are the one to use. I load a 55gn Hornady soft point with 20gns of 2207. This gives me 3200fps
Sub 1/2" at 100 and 2" groups off a bench rest at 300. (on a calm day ) LOL.
Last year I shot a lame sambar on a mates far at 120meters. Head shot and it dropped stone dead.
My advice: load i bullet, stick to it and learn to shoot it .
Good luck. Nice gun, [/quote

Thanks Miroku, which 55gr pills are you using?
Also who is your local Brno expert
  
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Reply #18 - Feb 9th, 2016 at 9:26am
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johnd wrote on Feb 8th, 2016 at 4:08am:
+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.


Hey Johnd, is the hornady 55 SP you mention # 2266?
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Reply #19 - Feb 10th, 2016 at 12:16am
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Yes, that's the one.
  
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Reply #20 - Feb 10th, 2016 at 1:17am
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Im using Hornady 55gn soft point. # 2266
Alan Carr is our local guy. He loves Brnos, builds custom rifles based on Brno actions. He is the go to guy for all things Brno
  
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Reply #21 - Feb 10th, 2016 at 6:12am
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The Creeper wrote on Feb 9th, 2016 at 9:26am:
[quote author=2C292E2822460 link=1454789379/10#10 date=1454904488]

Hey Johnd, is the hornady 55 SP you mention # 2266?
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Not sure as I bought a bag of 200 from Whilhelm in Ch Ch. There isnt a label on it, but I'm sure they dont make too many derivatives that are .224, 55 grns soft point and cannelured ( or maybe they do ) Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Grin
  
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Reply #22 - Feb 10th, 2016 at 8:09am
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Just checking johnd......you must be happy with the 270 now!
  
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Reply #23 - Feb 11th, 2016 at 4:12am
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Yeah, its good to go now!
  
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Reply #24 - Mar 7th, 2016 at 7:02pm
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Anyone loaded 70 grain Speers in the .222?

They are supposed to stablise in 1:14 twist barrels
  
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Reply #25 - Mar 7th, 2016 at 9:40pm
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I tried them years ago in a Sako 222 but they were not as accurate as I would have liked. If you are bush shooting, then I would say they would be acceptable for that. Long bearing surface, semi pointed helps them stabilize.
  
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Reply #26 - Mar 7th, 2016 at 11:24pm
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It's simply their "stubbiness" ( short for calibre/weight) that makes them stabilise. Long bearing surface/ semi-pointed are necessary features if they are "heavy" and being shot through a slowish twist.

A semi-pointed 90gr, despite having those attributes, wouldn't stabilise.
  
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Reply #27 - Mar 8th, 2016 at 12:31am
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I understand that. Just seeing if anyone has tried them and what powder they used. Cant find any published loads for it.
I think Varget or IMR4895 would be the answer for such a heavy bullet in a .222
  
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Re: 222 loads
Reply #28 - Mar 8th, 2016 at 12:51am
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Why would anyone take the throttle off on a 222. Its like having a V8 and taking 2 spark plugs out.

My manual only goes to 63 grn
  
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Reply #29 - Mar 8th, 2016 at 1:06am
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I am mimicking a .22 Hipower with a .222. Because I am too cheap to actually buy one, and too lazy to go and find one.
  
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