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.222 Remington reloading with 69 gr HP

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Front Sight, Apr 3, 2011.

  1. Front Sight

    Front Sight Front Sight

    Feb 22, 2001
    I have a Remington 700 and a Remington model 7 both in .222. Can I reload using 69 grain HP match bullets? What kind of powder does anyone recommend and how many grains of it, what about the OAL? The ammo will be used for varmint hunting. I have lots of 69 gr, and would like to use it up.
  2. tjpet


    May 14, 2001
    Utah-Idaho border
    I'm guessing neither of your rifles would have a quick enough twist to properly stabilize such a heavy bullet.

  3. Normal bullet weight ranges for the .222 Rem are 40 to 60 grains. While I am also sceptical about the performance of such a heavy bullet in the standard 1-12" twist rate, you will have to see how 69gr works in your individual rifle.
  4. sig357fan


    Apr 8, 2008
    SW OH
    Really depends on your barrels rate of twist.

    I had a 09’ Argentine custom Mauser in 22-250 with a 1 in 12 twist barrel, loved just about any bullet weighing 45 and 50 grains, 55 grains started to open up groups, 62 grain groups looked like shotgun patterns, never tried anything heavier.

  5. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

    May 31, 2007
    Old Colorado City
    I think these guys are right. Unless you have a 1:10 or faster twist, it won't stabilize the heavier bullets.

    Sierra data only goes up to 63 grain bullets and the test gun was a 1:14 twist rate.

    I can look at some other books if you want, but I'd use the 69's in a .223 with a medium to fast twist rate (or sell / trade them) and develop a load in .222 with a 50 or 55 grain bullet with plenty of data.
  6. Front Sight

    Front Sight Front Sight

    Feb 22, 2001
    Thank everyone for their input.