221 FB and Reloader 7

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  1. Lucky Shooter

    Lucky Shooter Gold $$ Contributor

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    I tried RL7 in a new FB barrel and got mixed results.

    Accuracy was good enough but carbon fouling was terrible. This powder
    seems to be the favorite for quite a few shooters but I've tried it and would
    like to move on to another powder.

    Would appreciate other recommendations for powder with 40 gr to 50 gr
    bullets----primarily for casual shooting at 100 yds.

    I'm not a speed freak----just want good accuracy and easy cleaning.

    Will appreciate finding out about other good accuracy loads.

    A. Weldy
     
  2. alintx

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    Try Lil gun. Mine loves it and shoots 40gr vmax and 52 Sierra's in the same hole. I'm at 14.8, and that's hot in Remington brass. Think I could go higher with lapua. Your milage may vary. Start lower and work up!
     
  3. CT10ring

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    ditto. 40g vmax.
     
  4. Evan

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    IMR 4198 (start 16ish gns) or 4227 (start 14ish gns) will burn clean and do nicely!
     
  5. sw282

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    l used 4227 in my 221FB Remington 700 LVSF last year on a Prairie Dog shoot near Clayton NM... 4227 gave those 35gr Berger JHP bullets good speed and accuracy.. Sad to say, Berger stopped making that little bullet
     
  6. Lucky Shooter

    Lucky Shooter Gold $$ Contributor

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    Thanks for the replies.

    I realize it's a bit unusual to place such a high priority on easy cleaning but
    I've been shooting rifles a long time and just don't want to work so hard
    cleaning these days.

    The FB is such a joy to shoot on the range and I've burned thousands of rounds
    in the dog towns.

    The Lapua brass seems to be good stuff.

    Boyd Allen put me on a good 222 powder with N133-----very good shooter and also
    very easy to clean. Maybe I'll get that lucky with the FB.

    And then I'll chase the same deal with the 220 Beggs.

    A. Weldy
     
  7. SmokinJoe

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    With 40 grain bullets, try AA1680 or Hodgdon CFE BLK starting at about 18.5 grs and on up. I get great speed & accuracy, and cleaning seems quite ordinary. My loads are quite a bit above 18.5, BTW.
     
  8. germanlongbow

    germanlongbow Scott M Bainbridge

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    Hard to beat VV N133
     
  9. Zero333

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    I think CFE-BLK might be worth a try.
    Hodgdon has data for it.
     
  10. WayneShaw

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    Mine does well with H4198. Burns clean.
     
  11. bocash3

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    A few short years ago, I had a CZ 527 in .221 FB print two 5/16th inch groups in one afternoon with the following two loads:

    40 H.Vmax 15.8 H.Lil Gun 3,514 fps es: 33' 5/16”
    50 Spr. TNT 19.5 H335 2,685 fps es: 64’ 5/16”

    Was shocked as I do not consider myself to be a benchrest shooter and the CZ has
    such a small diameter barrel!!

    I was using 18X and the single-set trigger.

    Additionally, I almost cannot MAKE this little rifle shoot over an inch!! I have had a lot of groups that were around 1/2 to 3/4 inch and only a couple over an inch.

    The sister rifle is a .22 Hornet and averages a hair over an inch, but that is a Hornet for you.

    I LOVE the .221 Fireball and added a Remington 700 Laminated stock. It does well, but not quite like the CZ.

    Hope this helps, Bo in western NC
     
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2019

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