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Reloading The .222 Remington


(WC= WadCutter, SWC= Semi-WadCutter, HP= Hollow Point, RN= Round Nose, FMC= Full Metal Case, FMJ= Full Metal Jacket, JHP= Jacketed Hollow Point and if GC indicated, means Gas Check at bottom of lead bullet)

Loads for .222 Remington:
(Note: These are maximum loads, you should use 10% less to start.)
(See note on Powders below or read all about various Powders.)
Bullet size is .224" in diameter. Due to different barrel lengths, type of bullet, seating depth, primer type and other factors, you may not get near the FPS charted. It is just a guide and the reason you should start under these charges and work up.


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40 grain Speer Spire point
    AA2460    25.5 gr.   3,581 FPS
    H4198     21.5 gr.   3,566
    H322      24.0 gr.   3,488
    IMR4895   24.0 gr.   3,272
    IMR3031   24.0 gr.   3,389
    H380      26.5 gr.   3,000
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45 grain Spitzer or Spire Point
    Reloader7 21.0 gr.   3,362 FPS
    W748      25.5 gr.   3,125
    Reloadr12 25.0 gr.   3,290
    AA2015    24.5 gr.   3,384
    AA2230    27.0 gr.   3,447
    AA2460    27.0 gr.   3,405
    IMR4895   23.5 gr.   3,150
    IMR3031   23.0 gr.   3,281
    H380      26.0 gr.   2,850
    H322      23.0 gr.   3,329
    H4198     20.5 gr.   3,452
    Viht.N120 20.0 gr.   3,395
    H4895     23.5 gr.   3,140
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50 grain 
    W748      24.0 gr.   2,980 FPS
    Reloader7 20.0 gr.   3,115
    Reloadr12 24.0 gr.   3,120
    AA2015    23.5 gr.   3,208
    AA2230    24.5 gr.   3,227
    AA2460    24.5 gr.   3,204
    IMR4895   23.0 gr.   3,037
    IMR3031   22.5 gr.   3,144
    H380      25.0 gr.   2,855
    H322      22.5 gr.   3,167
    H4198     20.0 gr.   3,306
    Viht.N120 19.0 gr.   3,126
    H4895     23.0 gr.   3,043    
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55 grain Spitzer SP
    W748      24.0 gr.   2,900 FPS
    Reloadr12 24.0 gr.   3,190
    AA2015    22.5 gr.   3,047
    AA2230    24.5 gr.   3,160
    AA2460    24.5 gr.   3,091
    IMR4895   22.5 gr.   3,004
    IMR3031   21.5 gr.   3,018
    H380      24.5 gr.   2,766
    H322      21.5 gr.   3,010
    H4198     19.0 gr.   3,051
    H4895     22.5 gr.   2,940    
    Viht.N133 22.0 gr.   3,132
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60 grain Spitzer SP
    W748      22.0 gr.   2,839 FPS
    IMR4895   21.0 gr.   2,707
    IMR3031   21.0 gr.   2,779
    H380      24.0 gr.   2,671
    H322      20.5 gr.   2,805
    H4198     18.5 gr.   2,843
    H4895     22.5 gr.   2,940    
    Viht.N133 21.0 gr.   2,713
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Discussion: This cartridge has been around since the early 50's and even though it has somewhat been overshadowed by the .223 Remington, it's still a potent varmint round. Velocities are only a couple hundred fps better with the .223 and some loads are nearly identical. It is especially accurate with the smaller bullets like the 45-50 grain ones.

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Bullseye, Unique, Reloader 7-15, and 2400 are products of Alliant (formerly Hercules) Powders.
Clays, Universal, HP38, HS6, HS7 and H4895 are products of Hodgdon Powders. HS7 is slowest of the group (Similar to 2400)
IMR 4227, IMR 3031 and IMR 4895 are products of IMR (formerly DuPont) Powder Company.
No.2, No. 5, No.7, No. 9, #5744, #2230, and #2460 are products of Accurate Arms Company.
748 is from Winchester.

References: Accurate Arms Co. 1996 Reloading booklet - - Alliant Powder Co. Reloaders' Guide (1995) - - Hodgdon's Basic Reloaders Manual (1996) - - Speer Reloading Manual, #12 - - Winchester Reloading Components Manual, 14th edition - - Lyman Piston & Revolver Reloading Handbook, 2nd edition. - - VihtaVuori Oy Company, reloading booklet (1995) - - Numerous magazine articles on reloading special calibers and personal loads where noted.

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