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    222mag

    Hi, is there any one using this calibre?

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    no but I will be watching with interest as I would really like to try one

    the other one I really like the look of is the 6x47
    222rem mag necked up to 6mm!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bewsher500 View Post
    no but I will be watching with interest as I would really like to try one

    the other one I really like the look of is the 6x47
    222rem mag necked up to 6mm!
    I'm planning a 6x45 hopefully next year (using .222 sako). Got the barrel blank and reloading dies on the way. Just chasing a reamer at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by takbok View Post
    I'm planning a 6x45 hopefully next year (using .222 sako). Got the barrel blank and reloading dies on the way. Just chasing a reamer at the moment.
    And a very fine action, if I do say so myself...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mungo View Post
    And a very fine action, if I do say so myself...
    Sure is!

    Now getting back on topic, I think a 222 Magnum is very similar to a .223. It will just be a lot harder and more expensive to get hold of ammo or cases for it. It has a longer case neck than the .223.
    Last edited by takbok; 21-12-2015 at 20:21.

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    The 222 Magnum has been obsolete for many years, although Remington still seems to produce some new brass for it, but not ammunition. Its origins are military /experimental. Gene Stoner developed the Armalite AR-15 around the smaller .222 Rem cartridge, but when the US military started to consider it seriously, they insisted that a higher performance version was developed - result what became the 222 Magnum with around 20% more case capacity than the .222 but still running the same pressures. For some reason, that wasn't satisfactory either and a third version of the same basic cartridge, the .222 Super, renamed .223 Rem aka 5.56X45mm was developed and adopted, whose capacity ran between those of the other two but was rated at higher pressures.

    Meanwhile, Remington decided that the Magnum had sales potential and introduced it as a commercial number sometime around 1960. Many people agreed it was a fine cartridge - a bit more performance than the excellent 222 but with even more accuracy on offer. Sierra Bullets used a 222 Magnum to test-fire its .224 match bullets for many years. However, the US military adoption of the 5.56 / 223 in the early 60s killed the 222 Magnum stone dead before it gained widespread acceptance - the lure of cheap milspec plinking ammo and once-fired brass at scrap prices inevitably made the 223 a huge success and there wasn't room for two similar Remington cartridges never mind three. I doubt if anybody has produced a factory rifle in this chambering for a long time now.

    There always have been a few examples in this country and with it being a gentle number on barrels, they'll be around for a long time for owners who handload. In practical terms though, it doesn't do anything that the 223 can't do equally well and usually better with all the development it's had. I'm sure that Muir and Southern will tell us that original 222 Magnum rifles in good condition now command collectors' prices in the US. Here though? Possibly seen as worth less than an equal quality 222 or 223?

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    Its bigger!
    got to be better!


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    .222 Magnum . . . .I want one

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    Quote Originally Posted by takbok View Post
    I'm planning a 6x45 hopefully next year (using .222 sako). Got the barrel blank and reloading dies on the way. Just chasing a reamer at the moment.

    Waste of a good Sako, if you ask me. 6mm is not a patch on the 7mm bullet.

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    My mate has had a Rem 700 6x47 for years now. Its his go to fallow pipe. He has shot some real beauties with it. Anyway, he just finished getting a 222mag built. Cases never seem hard to come by. The 222mag shoots great. Good speeds too.
    I have a 7TCU and if i were doing it all again id probably go 6x45. Better bullet selection and great performance. I was using another mstes 6x45 on a Mohawk a couple of weeks ago. 58gn Zmaxs were putting hits on foxes out to 200m even with the short 18inch barrel he has on it.

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