Weighting the scale a bit twds the lazy side.......make it .223 for me.Make it a bolt,make it cheap,make it SS....make the stock plastic and a skinny brrl.So,I have a Savage 10 with their "markesman" styled,factory POS stock.Spraybombed the whole thing....clean it once in awhile.It will keep handloads in the bttm of a soda can @200.And theres a few others here as well.
BUT......this is about the triple duece.
Loaded at book max,with IMR4198....basic BR case prep..... sq base Sierra match 52 a "touch"(scientific measure) off lands/leade.Usta provide me with braggin groups regular enough to not call it anything but what it was........a perfect match of case,powder,bullet,and loading techniques.
The gun holds many fine memories....but was sold.I prolly got the best of that rifle....well,I know I did.But the money was simply too much to resist.The rifle was a very early 722 with a Weaver straight 10x that had never been off the rifle.I did a very quick....gentle Accraglass bedding,and never looked back.5 shot groups in the "1's" were so common it wasn't funny.Best group recorded/witness'd was a single hole measuring .264" in diameter.It was shot right outside our shop....over a period of an hr or so.
We had a bench setup for years right outside the shop.A buddy was over playing with his #1 Ruger's.I was in the shop working on something?Anyway to be social every time he'd do a target check.he'd call me out there and I'd cut the .222 loose.......then go back inside.Never checked a wind flag or in anyway the "conditions".Just go out every 15-20 minutes and shoot one round.Anyway he comes back inside an hr later and grabs a set of mics and measures it.
You can say what you want about .223's.......but,if I wanted the whole pkg.Rifle/scope...blue steel and Walnut,leather bags,ect.I'd quit looking and snag a .222.