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April 2006 Cartridge of the Month - 222 Remington
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 Posted: Mon Apr 3rd, 2006 06:37 PM
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The 222 Remington was brought out in 1950 and chambered in the model 722 rifle.  The cartridge had such good inherent accuracy that the early benchrest crowd made widespread use of it, and the 222 won many matches.  Varmint shooters also found the new round to be excellent for their needs.  The 222 provided more than enough accuracy and enough energy for dispatching small critters out past 200 yards. 
The 222 case is an original design, by Mike Walker of Remington Arms.   Mr Walker had the notion of making a varmint round midway in size between the 22 Hornet and the 220 Swift.  The 222 was Americas first true rimless, 22 caliber centerfire cartridge.   With the 222 a shooter can have a cartridge with high velocity and low recoil.  Early factory loads used a 50gr spitzer bullet driven at almost 3,200fps.  Most rifles chambered for the 222 use a 1/14" rifling twist and the 40 to 50gr bullets usually work best. 
With the 222 having gained such a large following of varmint shooters some of the bullet companies developed thin jacketed bullets to make best use of it.  Speer developed the 50gr TNT and Hornady brought out the SX line.  These bullets gave the explosive results previously found only in the higher velocity cartridges, such as the 220 Swift. 
The 222 is a fine case for the reloader to work with.  The long neck provides excellent bullet alignment and the small case ensures a can of powder will last a long time.  A few powders that work well are H4198, H322, W748, R7 and BL-C2.   The small case capacity also helps ensure long barrel life.  
When Remingtons Wayne Leek was developing the XP-100 pistol the 222 was the cartridge he initially used.  He decided the 222 burned a bit too much powder for the 10-3/4" barrel and shortened the case to 1.400", thus creating the 221 Fireball.   The current NATO 5.56mm round was also developed from the 222 by increasing the case length and shortening the neck.  
Many cartridges have come on the shooting scene since 1950.  The PPC and BR cartridges have taken over the benchrest game.  The 223 and 22-250 are more likely to be found in the hands of varminters these days.  But anyone who has owned a 222 Remington is likely to keep at least one rifle chambered for it.   Long live the Triple Deuce.
222 Remington Barrel Specifications.          
Common Barrel Twist Rate - 1/14
Bore Groove Diameter - .224"
  222 Remington Reloading Specifications.
Bullet Diameter - .224"
Maximum Case Length - 1.700"
Trimmed Case Length - 1.690"
Primer Size - Small Rifle


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 Posted: Mon Apr 3rd, 2006 08:48 PM
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  Thanks for the write up.  I just got my 222 bbl for my G-2 and I am looking forward to putting some rounds down range with it.  This could be alot of fun and  I'm already looking at dies to put on the bench.  Whats the use of having a cartridge that you don't load for??? 

   Anyway thnx again bud

   Take care Be safe Poacher.

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I have a222 rem 700 bdl it's been my test gun for 32yrs . I use it
to test me !! It shoots one ragged hole every time @100 yds if I'm
workin up something in a rifle that don't seem right I drag out the
222 and chek myself to make sure Im not screwing up!!!!

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Don Fischer
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Probably the most accurate rifle I ever owned was a 788 Rem in 222 Rem. Loved that cartridge. Unfortunately velocity takes presidence over all else these days.

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