22BR-AI 14 twist

Discussion in 'Small Stuff--22s, 20s, and 17s' started by tclaunch, May 15, 2017.

  1. tclaunch

    tclaunch Silver $$ Contributor

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    Gabe22BR gave me a used barrel, he didn`t want in a 22 caliber with 14 twist, he told me it was a 10 twist as he got it on a trade deal here, but the cleaning rod said different! Sooo I`m thinking a 22BR-AI and wanted to ask our devoted membership, what bullets you are liking in the 14 twist. Just will be used for varmints, but want pleasing accuracy. After parting off the threads I still have 26 1/2" of barrel, it has a Harrel`s brake, I dialed in and re-crowned the muzzle and put the 60 degree cone inside the brake. It was a 22/250, and feared the barrel to be toast, to my suprise its very nice, near new shape according to the borescope.
     
  2. littlebuddybr

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    53gr smk
    50gr ballistic tip
     
  3. 17VLD

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    Ronnie Cheek makes a nice 52 that oughta be a dandy in that rifle.
    of course I would try Barts 22 cal bullets,sounds like you will have a great shooter on your hands:) I think the match bullets should open up on chucks,given that case should push em fast enough,cant wait to see pics,it should be about as beautiful a cartridge as they come.I think the 53 grain V-Max would be the best for that case,unfortunately the 14 may be to slow,I would still try a few on a warm day:)
    Matt
     
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  4. Preacher

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    Mine loves the 40 gain Nosler Ballistic tips.....
     
  5. 2dogs

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    My 22-250 Remington factory barrel cut to 24" would push the Nosler 40 grain BT to 4150 fps with ample power to anchor coyotes and flat blow the engine block out of big rangy Texas Jackrabbits. I think the twist was 1-12 so your 1-14 should be pretty close in the BR case if not better. It blows like mad here on the S Texas gulf coast. A high speed 40 grain NBT cuts the wind a lot better than most people think and really lands hard.
     
  6. AckleymanII

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    Tim, If you have enough shank, you may consider the 223 AI with zero freebore which would have a much longer barrel life than a 22 bR or variant, I can't stress this enough.

    In the 223 AI, shoot the 50's at 3800-3850 with N133 into bug holes and 1-1.25" at 400 yards, 55's at 3700+ with N135. If you want much longer barrel life, then the H335 will give you many thousands of rounds of extremely accurate barrel life. It would not surprise me if you have already been down this road.

    I did not get long barrel life out of two 22 BR with 14T shooting R#15(3800-3850,30.5g of R#25, 50g Ballistic tip or Speer tnt)...shocking especially since they started off with zero freebore. About 1500 rounds on p. dog towns and the barrels were toast with the lands tapered badly for about 10" in front of the throat. If I went this route again, I would opt for Win 748, H335, Tac, or Hunter.

    Agg's, Shooting 3 shot groups in the high 1's and low 2's were normal with both of these cases, with occasional groups smaller with Both.

    Recently, I went hole hog on a varmint rifle, older slightly used Hart Light varmint barrel, 22 caliber 14T. I went the 22-243 AI, and am now shooting the 60g Sierra HP at 4000 fps into bug holes. The barrel did not have enough shank to make a 223 AI, so I went large on the case to clean up the old chamber completely, now the barrel is still 24" long. I am figuring 1000 rounds of barrel life, but it will only be used on varmints.

    I have not done the calculations on a 60g V max but hope it will stabilize in a 14T with this speed, maybe a pipe dream.

    You mentioned varmints, I like to see helicopters, twisters, and acrobatics, it is worth the shorter barrel life vs just putting a hole in them.
     
  7. tclaunch

    tclaunch Silver $$ Contributor

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    Barrel is in the lathe now, been mulling things over, If I had the reamer for 223AI I would go that route in a minute, but have decided to go plain ole 223. I dont think the bushings from a 20/223AI reamer would work to get my shoulder angle (I have one of those) if so I could use that and and the std 223 reamer and have a 223AI. My main bullet cabinet says I have 1400 plus 50 gr Ballistic Tips, and near 600 40 grainers.
     
  8. mr.big

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    you get a 22 BRAI reamer?? I would love something to shoot all these 69 SMKs I hoarded up,,that would be a killer round for my 300 yard back yard range,,
     
  9. tclaunch

    tclaunch Silver $$ Contributor

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    I use my 22 BRDX reamer with BR gauge. The OAL is short of BR length, but works great. I have a 12 twist already, and it's a killer with 53 V-max
     
  10. mr.big

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    I emailed Russ while ago about using the Predator V BR bolt face with the PPC brass,,,gonna wait and see what he says,,,just messing with the brass and bolt it seems like the extractor on the coned bolt BR bolt face would work with the PPC brass but waiting on his reply,,
     
  11. Drakehammer

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    You sold me 1000 Speer 52gr hollow points. My factory Ruger 22-250 varmint rifle likes nothin' better than that bullet. It's a 14 twist.
    Jesse
     
  12. Gabe22BR

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    :D 40's are good...
     

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