.222 loads with Ar2208

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.222 loads with Ar2208

Postby Carlsen Highway » Sun Jul 19, 2015 2:06 pm

Hello gentlemen,

Just enquiring as to whether anyone has tried 2208 in the .222 with 55 grain bullets and if
they chronographed any velocities.
Hardly anyone seems to use 2208/Varget for the .222, yet the Hodgson/Lee/ADI books have decent velocites
against their book loads for 55 grain bullets. The pressures, however, look low, so was wondering how the velocities shape up in the real world.

I also ask because I have a bottle of 2208 sitting here idle and I am too thrifty to go and buy some 2207 or 2219... :D
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Re: .222 loads with Ar2208

Postby Scribe » Sun Jul 19, 2015 9:47 pm

Welcome to our forum Carlsen Highway.

I used 2208 for a bit in the 223 and it seemed to go well enough. I don't know what speeds were achieved but the 60 gr Noslers killed well enough. The powder is very course and at the top end of the scale of desirability with the 60s I had compressed loads. I wasn't keen then to go right up to max loads.

So I swapped the remainder of the container and now use 27.5 of Hodgdon BL- c (2) which I like better pushing a 55 Nosler along. Alas this is the last of the Noslers 55s and I don't think they are making anymore. I will use 55 hornadys then which I have always been fine with.

You may find some correlation between your 222 and what I found with the 223.
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Re: .222 loads with Ar2208

Postby Scribe » Mon Jul 20, 2015 12:49 pm

Sorry to put you crook Carlsen Highway. One should never rely on memory when you are talking about a rifle load.

Note the correction above I use 27.5 grains of Hodgen BL-c2...NOT BM 2
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