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HERTERS HAND LOADING KIT 222 MAGNUM CALIBER NOS 1950-60 W INSTRUCTION
HERTERS HAND LOADING KIT 222 MAGNUM CALIBER NOS 1950-60 W INSTRUCTION
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.223 and Gophers

KDX said: I have a Savage on the way with a 1-9 twist barrel and was wondering what a good bullet for gophers would be. I was thinking of trying some 40gr VMax bullets if I could find them. I presently only have the 52gr HPBT Match at home. I'm looking for something that will give me a good show on contact, but it needs to be accurate also.

s*rfclod said: I love the effect that V-Max bullets have in my .204 and accurate to boot. Sierra Blitz kings are some other highly frangible bullets that work great on gophers. i have had better luck with the nylon tipped bullets over hollow point bullets on gophers Depending on the range you plan to shoot at the lighter faster bullets will have a slightly more "explosive" result. But if you go out to longer ranges the higher BC of heavier bullets is an accuracy advantage. Check video in my signature to see a V-Max at work.:D

sh*otist22-250 said: Am thinking that perhaps you may find 55gn bullets may work better. My experience any who.

sh*otist22-250 said: I love the effect that V-Max bullets have in my .204 and accurate to boot. Sierra Blitz kings are some other highly frangible bullets that work great on gophers. i have had better luck with the nylon tipped bullets over hollow point bullets on gophers Depending on the range you plan to shoot at the lighter faster bullets will have a slightly more "explosive" result. But if you go out to longer ranges the higher BC of heavier bullets is an accuracy advantage. Check video in my signature to see a V-Max at work.:D Always a pleasure to see shit hawks fly.....

KDX said: I love the effect that V-Max bullets have in my .204 and accurate to boot. Sierra Blitz kings are some other highly frangible bullets that work great on gophers. i have had better luck with the nylon tipped bullets over hollow point bullets on gophers Depending on the range you plan to shoot at the lighter faster bullets will have a slightly more "explosive" result. But if you go out to longer ranges the higher BC of heavier bullets is an accuracy advantage. Check video in my signature to see a V-Max at work.:D That's hilarious. I've shown it to a few guys at work and they loved it. Would the 55gr VMax make more of a mess than the 40gr? I don't think I will shoot beyond 200-300 yards.

f*rface said: I have loaded both 40gr. and 50gr. Sierra BlitzKings and Hornady 50gr.Vmax in .223 with excellent results.

m*nitou210 said: The bullet I have found to be very accurate and not a match bullet is nosler 55gr Balistic tip. my pet varmint load is lots of Varget and the 55gr nosler at just over 3400fps With no wind just over the inch at 300 yards and is thunder on groundhogs

R*ck65Cat said: You are shooting a 1 in 9" twist barrel....and you guys get great results from bullets that light (50gr)? I shoot 40gr Vmaxs out of my 1 in 12" and get fantastic results. I saw a guy using 40gr out of a 1 in 9" Remington and was keyholing the target at 50 yrds. When he moved up to 75gr bullets it was a frikkin tack driver.

m*rtinbns said: That's hilarious. I've shown it to a few guys at work and they loved it. Would the 55gr VMax make more of a mess than the 40gr? I don't think I will shoot beyond 200-300 yards. With the 55 grain vmax bullets form my 223 loaded over H335 I can hit golf ball sized pieces of broken clays at 300 metres all day.

Cy*N1de said: 50grain V-Max gets my vote, but the other Ballistic Tipped 50grain bullets work just as well.

j*e-nwt said: Don't overlook the Hornady SPSX when you are testing.

cdnr*dneck_t3 said: I have not personally shot them but the varmint grenades are supposed to work real well on gophers. Can not speak for the accuracy at all.

W*stside said: FYI my 1:9 savage's seem to like 60-68 grain bullets best. Lighter ones : less than 55 grains really seem to spread out beyond 100 yards. I have a LRPV that does best with a 60g V-Max and a 10FLP that shows promise with 68g hp. Both rifles are .223 with 1:9 twist barrels.

sm*k_daddy said: I used a 50 gr SPSX bullet to GREAT effect on gophers and 'yotes. Very accurate and explosive.

W*nnipeg Toymaker said: My 12fvss Savage likes the 55 gr FMJs but the 112 Savage loves 75 gr bullets. Both 1 in 9 twist. Gophers just evaporate.

KDX said: Thanks for all the replys. I've got a few boxes of the 52gr HPBT loaded with 25.5gr of BenchMark that I'll use up and see if that is any good. It was a load I used in my Tikka and was almost identical to a load I used in a 10FP a few years ago. I'll probably buy a box of 40gr V-Max and a box of 55gr V-Max and try some load development with the BenchMark I have sitting here. It seems to be a pretty good powder for the .223 cal. What is H335 powder like? Does it burn pretty clean?

Sc*tt_N said: X3 on the Hornady 50 or 55 gr SPSX. These are less money than most bullets but are definitely one of the most destructive on gopher sized critters. My smallest ever 5 shot group came with them as well.

Gr*ffoneur said: I just loaded up 100 rounds of 60gr SP Hornady's with 23.4gr WC-735; hope to try them out on Sunday.

pr*onur said: No I have to disagree with all of you, sorry. The very BEST gopher bullet to use since we're in the reloading section are the Barnes varmint grenades. Google that one and see the results. They are called grenades for reasons. My buddy had some out at the end of last season in his .223 and I have never seen anything like it. They absolutely exploded when hit at any distance-- it was fantastic.

M12sh*oter said: 50 grain Sierra Blitz, very frangeble and shoud not be pushed beyond 33-3400fps... Blitz kings are a few bucks more/box.

p*nkrockboy said: I just loaded up 100 rounds of 60gr SP Hornady's with 23.4gr WC-735; hope to try them out on Sunday. Let us know how that works out!! I have a crapload of WC-735, so I would be interested to see how that works out for you!!

Br*ce from Calgary said: Ummm, I think anything over 45 grain will pierce the tough hide on the gopher :-) Same rules as the range...larger bullet is more stable at longer distance. Have you considered just a .22 rimfire? Helluva lot cheaper all in all.

Gr*ffoneur said: Let us know how that works out!! I have a crapload of WC-735, so I would be interested to see how that works out for you!! Going to try it out in my Stevens model 200. Twist rate: 1 in 9.

KDX said: Ummm, I think anything over 45 grain will pierce the tough hide on the gopher :-) Same rules as the range...larger bullet is more stable at longer distance. Have you considered just a .22 rimfire? Helluva lot cheaper all in all. Shooting gophers at 200-300 yards with a .22cal is a waste of time. I have a Sako Quad for use on gophers at closer ranges.

Gr*ffoneur said: No I have to disagree with all of you, sorry. The very BEST gopher bullet to use since we're in the reloading section are the Barnes varmint grenades. Google that one and see the results. They are called grenades for reasons. My buddy had some out at the end of last season in his .223 and I have never seen anything like it. They absolutely exploded when hit at any distance-- it was fantastic. Thanks for the heads up. I have just ordered a box of 50gr. They do look NASTY!

Cy*N1de said: I tried a box of the Varmintors (predecessor to the Grenade) and was not impressed and the Varmintor's were told to be more explosive than the Grenades. I had better (and higher) hits with the V-Max. YMMV

tw*g_40 said: I used both the v-max and the varmint grenade last year. I like them both. Both make those little critters a fine red mist. Which ever of these you decide to use you will like. I was using hornady hollow points before but they did not have the reaction the v-max and grenade have. I don't remember my recipe off hand but they were 50 grn v-max and the light 36 grn grenades. Unbelievable what they do when they hit. They are just as accurate as anything else. I use a Remington 700p .223

ry-g*y said: I was pushing some Sierra 52gr hpbt with 27hr of H-335 at 3050fps with a Savage. These were that guns favorite load!!!!!!! Pounded many of gophers with them. Picked em up 4ft consistantly. Good for critter control and a good laugh.