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Slowshot
04-04-2013, 06:18 PM
I am finally ready to go and get my head handed to me by experienced shooters at a local match this weekend. My BAT action 222 Rem, built by Russ Haydon, has demonstrated the ability to shoot in the low twos, even with my poor skills. I am still trying different powder loads, bullet seating, etc. Will it never end?

Tom Berridge
04-04-2013, 10:02 PM
I am finally ready to go and get my head handed to me by experienced shooters at a local match this weekend. My BAT action 222 Rem, built by Russ Haydon, has demonstrated the ability to shoot in the low twos, even with my poor skills. I am still trying different powder loads, bullet seating, etc. Will it never end? No it only gets worse,nice looking rifle,let us know how you do.I like the caliper and noticed you are also left handed.

macflyboy
04-04-2013, 11:02 PM
Good Luck you got some mighty fine shooters up there in the great northwest.

MAC

Hal
04-05-2013, 12:55 PM
Go to the match and have a ton of fun. I'm sure you'll meet some great guys and learn a lot..

Great looking rifle.

Hal

Al Nyhus
04-05-2013, 02:41 PM
Go and enjoy the match. And whatever you do, please don't get hung up on the technical jibber-jabber. Watch the flags, follow through each shot (keeping your head down) and make sure you know exactly where the crosshairs were every time you pressed the trigger.

You'll learn more by attending one real tournament than by spending two years 'practicing' by yourself.

Have fun and let us know how your wekend turns out! :cool: -Al

LHSmith
04-05-2013, 04:55 PM
Try N-133 with 52 gr. Barts

Octopus
04-05-2013, 09:21 PM
I have shoot the 222 for many years. I have found most of my barrels favor the H4198 over Fed 205 or 205M primers. I never got the best results with the Rem 7 1/2 primers. The shorter barrels work very good with the 222. Bullets do make a difference. The Bart 52 flat base are quite good. In years past I liked the Watson bullets. Mostly I shoot moly bullets.

A good 222 is hard to beat at 100 yards. It does give up some to the 6 PPC @ 200 as the bullet is pushed a little more via the wind.

Good Luck

Wilbur
04-05-2013, 09:39 PM
Don't know about the newer blends but I had fair success with 322 back in the day. Won a few class aggs before I traded for a 6PPC.

Does James Messer still sell 22 bullets?

CubCouper
04-07-2013, 11:11 PM
Nice to see a deuce headed for the range. Mine is still under construction. Watch the match reports for a bunch more of them coming out this summer... there is a group of us going old-style to see if a deuce built to all our modern standards is up to the task. This is courtesy of the new NBRSA rule that allows the Deuce in the Sporter class - who says experimentation is dead!

Rod

Boyd Allen
04-08-2013, 12:41 AM
Back in the days when my .222 was newly put together, and I had newly converted to loading at the range, shooting as a bag squeezer from a home made rest, over sticks with surveyor's tape tied to their tops. I probably was making at least a couple of mistakes. For some reason I thought that keeping my necks trimmed close to chamber length, and the clearance of the necks of loaded rounds close were the right approach to accuracy. Today, I would trim my cases for no less than .015 clearance to the end of the chamber, and thin my necks out a bit, so that loaded rounds have slightly over .002 clearance over bullets' pressure rings, if they have them. The other thing that I would spend more time on is dry fire practice, with a fired case and primer in the chamber. looking at reticle motion on target. We have a tendency to become preoccupied with finding "the" load, when the flags are the hardest part of the game, and deserve more of our time, learning the subtitles of their language. I still have that .222, and instead of the pillar bedded 40X rimfire, prone stock that it started out with, by the good graces of Kelly McMillan, the barreled action is glued into a prototype EDGE stock, that was built by Kelly before regular production was begun. Your report of your new rifle may inspire me to take it out of the safe, and enjoy its light recoil and accuracy again. Perhaps I will sharpen some sticks and tie surveyors' tape to their tops. If I have as much fun shooting it now as I did then I will be lucky indeed. I had a great time with it. It taught me a lot. Enjoy yours, and keep us posted on your progress.

Hal
04-08-2013, 07:21 AM
Slowshot

How did the match go this weekend?

Hal