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Old 10-27-2012, 12:47 PM   #1
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There is a great article in the current issue of Shooting Times about the .222 Remington. It is too bad that such a great little cartridge as the .222 has lost favor with rifle shooters. I really do love mine. It is extremely accurate, and it is accurate with just about any bullet (40, 50, and 55 grain) and powder combo I shoot through it. Can't say that for some of my other calibers. There are still lots of good used .222's around and even factory ammo is readily available for it. The .222 can do just about anything the .223 can do, but the .223 (with its short neck is inferior to the .222 IMO) became a military cartridge and the .222 did not. That has been the reason the .222 has become so unpopular while the .223 thrives. The .222 was the darling cartridge of the 1950's (it was introduced by Remington in 1950) and probably the most accurate bench rest round of its day.
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The .222 is a fine little cartridge, no doubt. IMHO, the .222 Magnum is even better. But neither will do anything that the .223 won't, so now we have one cartridge that replaces two.

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The "triple duece" has a reputation as one of the most inherently accurate cartridges in history.

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The "triple duece" has a reputation as one of the most inherently accurate cartridges in history.
Agreed. But look at the rifles that chambered it. Mostly very accurate varmint rigs. They would have been very accurate with al;most any chambering.

And there are many folks (myself included) who seriously question whether or not there is any such critter as an "inherently accurate" cartridge.
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I beg to differ. Many, many rifles chambered for the .222 were not "varmint" rigs. The .222 was chambered in some very inexpensive models. The Remington models 722 and 788, the Savage 340 were economy jobs that were/are extremely accurate when chambered in the .222. I have a 788 in .222 that is the classic "tack driver." Other standard light weight sporter rigs that were not classified as varmint models include the Sako, Remington 700, Winchester Model 70, Savage Model 110, and hundreds of European and Japanese "you name it" brands. All of these models were very accurate when in .222. I'm not sure if I completely agree w/ the inherently accurate moniker, but I can't rule it out. However, almost any cartridge in a good bolt or single shot action that is not necessarily a varmint rig can be made to be very accurate with handloads and a little tweaking.
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The 222 is by and far one of the best short range varmint rounds out there with the 22 hornet nipping at its heals.

The 222 was chambered in just about anything that would take it. Some not so high quality guns. It is like Robo said one of the most accurate rounds ever created. That is why the 308 is almost that exact cartridge just blown up some. Take a look at them.

The 222 Mag was meah and the 223 while accurate still not the triple deuce.

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The .222 is a classic that will still be around long after we are not, as long as we have shooters that appreciate the finer points. It really does not give anything up to the .223, and is far above the .22 Hornet. It is just plain sexy!

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I prefer the hornet when I am devarminting an area with closer neighbors. If I am on my buddies 5k acre ranch banging away at varmints. Well then we use everything from 22lr to 300 RUM's.

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I prefer the hornet when I am devarminting an area with closer neighbors. If I am on my buddies 5k acre ranch banging away at varmints. Well then we use everything from 22lr to 300 RUM's.
So how does this pertain to the .222? Sure the Hornet is quieter, but there is no point in your response.
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So how does this pertain to the .222? Sure the Hornet is quieter, but there is no point in your response.
Sure there is. But, judging by your avatar I understand why you are confused.
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