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Lucky Shooter A
09-04-2013, 02:07 PM
Anyone still around remember how well these rifles performed in 222 ?

The only one I've seen had about a 20" barrel and a shorter wood stock with a flat forend but was in 223.

Thanks.

A. Weldy

Lee Martin
09-04-2013, 02:56 PM
I've never shot one but had a chance to buy a 40X-BR 222 back in the 90's. It was even topped with a 24x Unertl. I regret passing on it because the ask was only $800.

-Lee
www.singleactions.com

GerryM
09-04-2013, 11:09 PM
That was one of the rifles to buy at the time. Usually a HV in 222 Or LV in 222 to shoot both classes.
They were 1/4 minute or better rifles , right from the Factory. A test Target came with the rifle with the load Powder case primer Bullet .
Usually with a factory OAL from the reloading book {Sierra}

Noth Fork
09-05-2013, 11:23 AM
I have one i havent shot in 20 years .

Kevin Gullette
09-05-2013, 11:12 PM
Here's a pic of mine....all original.

It's a HV 40XBBR 222, with factory 2 oz. trigger, and Leupold 24XAO.

Kevin
http://i43.tinypic.com/33ueqdv.jpg

243winxb
09-06-2013, 08:00 AM
Around .3" is what i remember. Not the rifles fault. IMO. The scope was not the best for great accuracy. Or the owner didnt know how to use the adjustable mounts. http://picturearchive.gunauction.com/1011224312/5623119/Scope.jpg This was the scope on the rifle at the time. Bausch & Lomb BALvar 24X Target Scope.

Andy Cross
09-06-2013, 08:55 AM
That was one of the rifles to buy at the time. Usually a HV in 222 Or LV in 222 to shoot both classes.
They were 1/4 minute or better rifles , right from the Factory. A test Target came with the rifle with the load Powder case primer Bullet .
Usually with a factory OAL from the reloading book {Sierra}

Here is a jpeg of a 700 BDL V special in 222 I rebuilt as a bunny buster recently. Shoots really well. In mild wind conditions it will scare the PPC.
Andy

Lee Martin
09-06-2013, 10:53 AM
Here's a pic of mine....all original.

It's a HV 40XBBR 222, with factory 2 oz. trigger, and Leupold 24XAO.

Kevin
http://i43.tinypic.com/33ueqdv.jpg

Great looking rig. I have a soft-spot for classic precision.

-Lee
www.singleactions.com

GerryM
09-06-2013, 11:21 AM
I have HV like that also only 6/47 shoots really well .
I like the Rifle you built Andy''

XBBR Shooter
09-06-2013, 12:08 PM
Anyone still around remember how well these rifles performed in 222 ?

The only one I've seen had about a 20" barrel and a shorter wood stock with a flat forend but was in 223.

Thanks.

A. Weldy


I bought a new HV version in January, 1975, with a 26" x 0.955" x14t barrel, in 222 Magnum.

I put a Unertl scope on it and campaigned it for a few years. It shot very well, and always made me look better than I really was. It was(is) a very predictable rifle, with no bad habits or "personality problems".

Then I reshaped the for-end to make it field friendly, and have shot crows, 'chucks, and PD's with it.

It now has a Leupold 24x BR Scope on it and will still stay in the 2's and better.


Shot a month ago... 50gr Sierra BlitzKings, and new, out of the box, R-P cases.

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h73/KittyWhacker/222MagBRriffle_zps3831fccb.jpg

Andy Cross
09-06-2013, 08:54 PM
I have HV like that also only 6/47 shoots really well .
I like the Rifle you built Andy''

The original rifle got bedded and trigger converted to a BR type before it was ever fired. Shot the original barrel out then had to remove a lot of wood to fit the madco. Shot out two of them and by this time it was showing bare metal on the cocking piece, trigger, floor plate etc. So I decided to true up the action and sleeve it along with the bolt. Fit a HV Lilija to it and glue it into a McMillan hunter stock. It was quicker and cheaper to cerakote the bits showing metal. A friend who is a graphic designer came up with the idea of making the trigger, cocking piece and rings red. Glad you like it. I have had several people comment on it at the range also.
Andy

GerryM
09-08-2013, 10:38 AM
Andy sounds like the same things I did with my first 40x br
My first was also a 6/47, shot the barrel out new barrel a 222 mag , shot out the chamber rechamber to 222 40 deg shot that out went
to a new stock, opened bolt to ppc and chambered to ppc
I still have one though . still shoots very well with a Hart barrel in 6/47 improved {2nd barrel} chambered by Hart rifle barrels

Andy Cross
09-10-2013, 08:33 PM
Andy sounds like the same things I did with my first 40x br
My first was also a 6/47, shot the barrel out new barrel a 222 mag , shot out the chamber rechamber to 222 40 deg shot that out went
to a new stock, opened bolt to ppc and chambered to ppc
I still have one though . still shoots very well with a Hart barrel in 6/47 improved {2nd barrel} chambered by Hart rifle barrels

It seems to be a formula that works. I have had the opportunity to take the 222 to the range twice for load development. Although I have shot it into the high one's on several occasions I still have to find a bullet - charge weight that reduces its wind sensitivity a little. But in the months ahead the varmints should get worried.
Andy.

GerryM
09-10-2013, 09:33 PM
Andy I still use the old formula from years back on one of my 222s The load was in a sierra manual years ago and it still works.
of course new powders and new loads are out there , but here,s one that works for me and has never let me down for accuracy.
Remington {neck turned brass} 20.4 to 20.5 gr IMR 4198 Remington 7 1/2 or CCI BR 4 primer seated to jump.020.
Gerry

Andy Cross
09-11-2013, 05:29 AM
I have a limited supply of 4198 as there is no distributor for IMR in Oz these days. I have gone up to 22gn of it behind sierra 53gn FB bullets with no jump but only slight land contact. I have some RE#7 which is very similar to the 4198. I will try some Berger 52gn next and some hand swaged copper heads. It's shooting pretty well but is still a little more sensitive in the wind than a 222 should be from previous experience.
Andy.

Hippy
09-11-2013, 12:03 PM
I have had one for 10 or more years it is a HV 222 with factory 2 OZ trigger and it has been bedded. It is BORING to punch paper as it just keeps shooting the same hole--it has been a while since I shot it but if my memory is rite it is HARD to shoot a group bigger than 3/8" most the time crowding 1/4- .3

The "Duce" has always IMO been easy to load for --I worked for a man back when these rifles were new, he was a Remington Jobber/Wholesaler and he was one of those "Show-Off" fellows --he would DIP the primed case in IMR 4895 brush the excess off , seat the bullet and shoot Tiny Groups with the 7 1/2 and Remington 52 BR bullets

Jim

GerryM
09-11-2013, 08:53 PM
The only info I had on the Rel 7 was old. The old powder in the square cans was pretty hot''. same load info but powder charge was 21 to 22 gr with the same cases and primer Jumping
That was a match load from the 70,s I've seen it shoot low .100s and some zeros at times in a calm condition.

Andy Cross
09-12-2013, 06:44 PM
In preparation for the range on Sunday I found two boxes of Rem 52 grainers. I will try them as well. If I can get three of the five groups at 300 yards under the inch I will turn the triple two loose on varmints next month.
Andy.

HFV
09-27-2013, 06:15 AM
Recently sold one in (222 Magnum), a real shooter if you like quarter inch rifles. Mine shot pretty well w/Imr 4198, H4198, T-8208, GI 322 and REL 10x. All seemed perform as well once you found load. I shot Messer, Berger, Sierra 52 gr.

HFV
09-27-2013, 06:20 AM
If you would like some more Rem 52 benchrest bullets, Jim Williams of Grayson Ga. had 20 or so thou. He has ads on BR Central classifieds w/his phone number.
HFV
In preparation for the range on Sunday I found two boxes of Rem 52 grainers. I will try them as well. If I can get three of the five groups at 300 yards under the inch I will turn the triple two loose on varmints next month.
Andy.

Tim Oltersdorf
09-28-2013, 01:23 AM
My first precise rifle was a .222 Remington 40X. I shot it for years with different loads. It would group at best in the "threes". Remington rebarreled it in a SS tighter but no turn neck .222. It would then group in the low "3's and high two's at best. I rebarreled it in 6PPC and put it in a BR stock. It would group at best in the mid two's. The .222 was a delight to shoot and the 40Xwas probably Remington's best target centerfire action. I hope you enjoy yours as much as I did mine. Tim

Andy Cross
09-28-2013, 05:08 AM
If you would like some more Rem 52 benchrest bullets, Jim Williams of Grayson Ga. had 20 or so thou. He has ads on BR Central classifieds w/his phone number.
HFV

I am tempted by the sounds of that but to import them myself means going through a lot of paper work acquiring a permit and driving all the way out to the air port to deal with customs. Just like I had to when I bought some un-primed nickel 222 brass. Just not worth the aggravation.
Andy

PS The 222 liked the combination of 22gn of 4198 and the Rem 52 grainers The agg was .468 at 200 yards but conditions were mild and consistent.

ColColt
10-04-2013, 09:43 PM
That's one rifle and cartridge I remember well. I have never gotten over not buying one when the buying was good. Excellent rifle and cartridge. I wish I had one even now. It was the first bench rest rifle I ever looked at along with the 24x Unertl scope(IIRC). All were a bit more than I had at the time and had to pass it up. If I had the chance now to turn back the clock....

Bud
10-15-2013, 06:44 PM
This is a story I love to talk about.
In the early 60s I wanted a 40x in 222 hvb but they had to be special ordered and was out of my price range. I was walking through a dept. store (Wilco) I looked into the sporting goods dept.and saw a rather heavy looking rifle in the rack. I asked the salesman what it was and he related to me that somebody ordered it and never came back for it. (Not letting on)I asked how in the world could a person carry that heavy thing into the deer woods. He replied "he did think it would be tough". He offered to me for = "$130 dollars" and he would throw in 2 boxes of shells. After trying to be calm, I said I would take it off his hands. Now here comes the funny part. I asked him if he had the original box with the test target that came with the rifle. As he was going back to get the box he stopped, turned and looked at me knowing he had been taken. I still have the 40x hvb with a 24x Unertel. (The scope was extra) = pet load - 24gr 4895 Sierra 52 gr br