What happened to the .222?


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Old 08-07-2013, 06:53 PM   #1
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Default What happened to the .222?

I was looking at getting one of these rifles about a year ago when everyone would rant and rave about these. But it wasn't long until .222 ammo was hard to find and stores no longer carried in these type of rifles, if they did they just wanted them gone. What was wrong with the .222 and why did the .223 have such an impact and the market? (as I think)

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I love my .222.
Tried to find ammo at some of the online dealers, no luck.


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Well there is certainly nothing at all wrong with the ole triple deuce, during it's hay day from 50's to the 70's the .222 was the choice for benchrest competition. My understanding is that even until today some accuracy records are still being held by the .222. When the military adopted the .223 the popularity of the .222 suffered. Also the 6mm ppc developed in 1976 has replaced the .222 in the benchrest competition. I believe with the current ammo and reloading component shortage people have been focused on acquiring .22 rimfire, .223 and 9mm etc.so anything else has been put on the back burner. IMO the perfect time to grab a .222 or something else out of the ordinary. I have a .222 rem rifle on order and can't wait to get it. I was able to get a box or two of ammo from a local dealer recently, so now I have ammo just no rifle.... yet.

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There is nothing at all wrong with the .222. I reload for mine, but ammo can still be found if one looks for it. I have even seen .222 ammo for sale at Walmart. There are lots of .222 rifles out there and they are not going away. In general, it is more accurate than the .223. With its longer neck, it is a little more conducive to reloading. In the very beginning of our country's search for a new military cartridge, the .222 Magnum was first considered as a possible military choice. But, for some reason, the inferior .223 was selected. Now, the .222 Magnum is just about a dead duck. Any cartridge that is very similar to a current military cartridge will fastly lose favor with the public, and a cartridge that is accepted by the military will soar in popularity. Consider the .300 Savage. It was almost selected as a military cartridge, but the .308 was selected instead. The .300 Savage is almost dead while the .308 is still extremely popular. Even when a military cartridge is no longer used by the military, it never goes completely out of fashion. The .30-40 Krag and the .30-06, both former U.S. military rounds, still have a following today.
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Cindy's father had Remington 700 in .222 magnum. Great cartridge, but the .223 pretty much killed it off.

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I just bought this Sako 222 a few months ago and all I do is reload for it. The Dies were readily available, and bullets and powders are coming back on the shelves up here, so its been enjoyable to me, so far.

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Nice Sako AP , I plan to reload for my rifle as well. I have the dies and the brass and the powder all patiently awaiting the rifle. My reloading equipment and supplies are patiently awaiting the rifle ... me, not so much. I understand that the .222 has a following in certain European countries owing to the fact that in some Euro countries you are not allowed to own a rifle chambered in a military round . CZ offers a .222 although I have never seen one at any gun shop I have visited. I believe Sako still offers the .222 and so does Cooper.

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I think the 222 is a victim of bigger faster better more.
I am a huge fan of the caliber currently owning 7. I need a lever action as I already have a single shot,semi auto, pump action and bolt actions all in 222



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