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    .222 + 55g

    gents,

    will be trying my new used toy out this weekend, .222 bsa cf2 north american. believe it's a 23.5" 12 twist barrel. I will of course reload for it, but need to buy the dies, etc.

    in the meantime I have bought some sako 55g hammerheads (soft points), and was just wondering if you think they'll stabilise fine in this barrel, as I know most have posted previously about using 50g's...of course only time will tell, but I was curious if there were any thoughts on the subject out there?

    also, finally, when I do reload for roe,fox, vermin, which bullet is best in the .222? speer SP's? (won't want plastic tipped)

    thanks chaps.

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    Well the 55 Grn Sako ammunition with the Roe Buck head on the box shoots very well through my BSA Regent in .222 Rem. I also used 55 grn bullets in handloads:-



    Not too bad. Five shots, Hornady 55 Grn SP over 19.0 Grn of H4198. Cases were either Sako or Lapua. Although this was safe in my rifle check the charge weight n a good manual and work up as per normal good hand loading practice.

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    BH,

    sounds reassuring and I thank you for your input. will probably keep the sako cases for reloading and look into the hornady sp's you mention.


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    If you can get them have a try of the PPU SP. My 222 shoots a nice tidy group with them. only changed as i wanted better expansion for fox so went to ballistic tipped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PKL View Post
    BH,

    sounds reassuring and I thank you for your input. will probably keep the sako cases for reloading and look into the hornady sp's you mention.

    I used Hornady because:-

    A) I like Hornady bullets

    B) The local shop usually has them on the shelf.

    C) They were priced right.

    The Sierra 55 grain bullets would also probably shoot well. I did try some but that was through the Baikal MH18 when I had that. I had used them up by the time the BSA Regent came along.

    Oh yes I also found that the 55 grain Nosler Ballistic Tips shot well but I don't have any photos of the targets..................... sorry

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    Hi, stick to a soft nose if using on roe. The Ballistic tip variety causes too much meat damage, or at least it does in my 22/250. 1 in 12 barrel should stabilise up to about 62, 63 grain bullet...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PKL View Post
    gents,

    will be trying my new used toy out this weekend, .222 bsa cf2 north american. believe it's a 23.5" 12 twist barrel. I will of course reload for it, but need to buy the dies, etc.

    in the meantime I have bought some sako 55g hammerheads (soft points), and was just wondering if you think they'll stabilise fine in this barrel, as I know most have posted previously about using 50g's...of course only time will tell, but I was curious if there were any thoughts on the subject out there?

    also, finally, when I do reload for roe,fox, vermin, which bullet is best in the .222? speer SP's? (won't want plastic tipped)

    thanks chaps.
    The Sako factory rounds should shoot excellent. When you reload for Roe 55grn Sierra Game King are excellent heads that give minimal carcass damage for Fox/vermin 55grn Hornady V Max heads will work well. Like me you may get confused as each reload data varies maximum load can be as little as 20.5grn to 21.6 grn Vihtavouri N130 powder. The .222 will perform well with most Bullet heads from 40 to 63 grn heads with the optimum head being 55grn. Hope this is of some use.

    Kind regards Jimbo

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    all responses useful and gratefully received.

    thank you all - will try the sako 55g's tomorrow and let you know how I got on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PKL View Post
    all responses useful and gratefully received.

    thank you all - will try the sako 55g's tomorrow and let you know how I got on.
    The Sako 55grn Factory .222 have 21.6 grns Vihtavouri N130 powder if this info is of any use to you. This load i use with the 55grn Sierra Gamekings and 55grn Hornady V Max all go in the Bull at 100yds.
    Most manuals give a lesser max load with the Lee manual near enough same.

    Kind regards Jimbo

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    hi i have a tikka m590 .222 and i use sako arrowhead 50grain ballistic tips there fine group consistantly at 200 yards stopped a fox in his tracks at 180 yards this week no problem great round

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