17-222 BUILD ??

Discussion in 'Small Stuff--22s, 20s, and 17s' started by jcm24m, Aug 21, 2017.

  1. jcm24m

    jcm24m Gold $$ Contributor

    May 14, 2011
    I was at a gun show and picked up a set of RCBS 17-222 reloading dies (#25501) and a pair of RCBS (2) form dies (#25566) to neck down to 17 cal and 60 new REM 222 brass all for $25.00. I could not turn this deal down if someday I had the urge to build this. Well, that day is here. The donor rifle is a RUGER #1 chambered in 17 JET. I have two of these rifles to choose from. My question is starting loads and what load you ended up with and what speeds your are getting. I have just about all the different powders and would like to start with 20gr bullets. I will only need to purchase or rent a reamer. THANKS in advance.
  2. Tommie

    Tommie Gold $$ Contributor

    Apr 12, 2007
    That's a screaming goid deal. But I'm sad to know that a 17 Jet will be on the chopping block.
  3. MrMajestic

    MrMajestic Gold $$ Contributor

    Oct 24, 2010
    Check P.O. Ackley's handbook for load data. He states that the .222 may be optimum/maximum capacity for the .17 caliber.
  4. 17VLD


    Mar 15, 2006
    The 17-222 is a fine cartridge in my opinion it rivals the 17 Remington.
    Mine was built on a Sako action with a 10 twist Ackley barrel back in the day,the previous owner tried only 30 grain bullets and could not get it to shoot well,I have had great luck with conventional 25s and the 20 v-max
    bullet and Benchmark powder with Fed 205m primers.If I was starting from scratch it would have a 9 twist to exploit the good 30 grain bullets out there.The great thing is the wonderful Lapua brass that you can use is better than any 17 Rem brass you will find.Not sure what game you are after,but coyotes don't do well after getting shot with this rifle.I will check my notes and get back with starting loads for you,as I said the
    17-222 rivals the 17 Remington and is right on its heels velocity wise with less powder.
  5. SenderoMan

    SenderoMan Silver $$ Contributor

    Mar 1, 2013
    Let me know if that build doesn't materialize and I'll buy your deal of the day!

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