Could a 22x47L be as accurate as a 22 Dasher?

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  1. Clancy

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    I've flip flopped about a dozen times between these two choices.

    While the rifle will just be used for coyote and steel, if I drop 5K on something I want it to be perfect.

    I don't really want to fool with modifying AI magazines for the Dasher, but I certainly will if I'd be giving up accuracy going with the 22 Lapua.

    Here's what I think....

    The Lapua wouldn't require fireforming, and would work in unmodified magazines.

    The Dasher is probably easier to tune, and definitely a better looking cartridge, which is worth a little to me for some strange reason.

    I guess if I could have anything, it would be a 22x47 Improved, but I'd have to buy a reamer and I know I can't get dies for that one anywhere.....

    Not interested in any other cartridges at this time.

    Thanks for reading.
     
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    I have been planning on spinning up a 22x47l barrel. I currently have a 6x47L for PRS type matches. The people that I know that have them are very happy with them. I had a 22-250, the nice thing was loading factory brass, it sucked not getting more than 6 rounds in an AICS mag without it going stupid. Hopefully this winter I'll get mine going.
     
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    Powder column height will not be the same as in the Dasher case, but otherwise the 6.5-47 Lapua parent case ought to work very well with the .224 bullets.
     
  5. Huckleberry75

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    I went 22 creedmoor, and can get 11 rounds in an AW mag....Lapua small primer brass, cci-450's, R26, 80.5gn Bergers =Magic
     
  6. Clancy

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    Thanks for the replies so far.

    Huckleberry if I'm not mistaken yours is a Beanland in an EH3?

    It's a very nice rifle, and I'm curious how it shoots consistently.

    I'm just wanting something different and it seems the 22 CM is "too popular" to fit my wants.
     
  7. Clancy

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    I bought 500 of the 80.5s. I'll find a load with them and see what I think after a few coyotes. I'm hoping I don't get exits. I don't care about the hide I just like a bullet to dump all its energy in the target..... and it's less messy with one hole as well.
     
  8. nakneker

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    I know Jon Beanland has chamber a few 22x47Ls, he might be able to help you. I've been wanting to build one myself. I have a 6.5x47, a 6x47 and Alex Wheeler is getting ready to do a 25x47, it would fun to do a 22x47 and it would easy with my current dies set for the others.

    Let us know what you choose to do. I'd be interested.
     
  9. Clancy

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    Nakneker,

    Jon is my smith.

    Also funny you mention the 25x47. I've got a Rem CDL 7-08 that isn't worth staking tomatoes, and it is going to become a 25x47 next summer! It's like a 25O Savage with Lapua brass.... how could it go wrong!

    Jon said the 22x47 is a good cartridge, but I haven't got him to say it shoots like a Dasher so that concerns me somewhat.

    Anybody else?
     
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    Jon built four rifles for me a couple years ago. At the time he was building a 22x47L and when I asked him about it he had a sparkle in his eye, I didn't go into any detail though. I drove over to his shop just to meet him and talk about the four projects.

    Have you asked his thoughts. He has given me solid advice in the past.

    I agree with your thoughts on the 25x47L, 250 savage improved with Lapua brass.
     
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    Basically he said they're both good cartridges, which we know. He seems to favor the Dasher, while admitting the fireforming and magazine mods are extra steps.

    I'm thinking about finding a real nice quarter and flipping it....
     
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    A 22 dasher is the clear choice in my opinion. No magazine mods needed if you run a Bighorn TL3 action. I have both the 22 dasher and a 22 creedmoor reamer if anyone is thinking they would like to try one or the other. My quality is 100% guaranteed and my turn times are hard to beat!! My next reamer i think ill try a 22BR AI I think this will be the ticket!! Lee
     
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  13. Clancy

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    Lee I just paid Ms. Wimmer on Friday for a TL3.

    I'll take your word for it working without mods, but I don't think my OCD would let me take to the field without checking my magazine every 5 minutes!

    By the way, you've done a great job on a couple of barreled actions for a friend of mine. I was planning on having you rebarrell that terrible Remington I mentioned above.
     
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    I am extremely interested in what you discover although by your last post it looks like you settled on the 22Dasher. I am considering several calibers for a rifle and the (to severely shorten the nomenclature) 22Lapua is one on the list. I have the brass and bullets and it would be a really nice compliment to my 6.5/47Lapua that I really kinda love. Good luck in your adventure.
     
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    I've really weighed it out, and decided on the 6.5x47 Lapua case.

    I think if I give up anything it would require at least two decimal points to express it.

    Beanland "22 Lapua" is a go...

    Deciding factor for me was really the fireforming. I figure I won't have to "waste" 7-10 percent of my barrel life firing loads that don't really tell me much about the rifle. Now I understand the whole fireforming barrel thing.

    FWIW, I like the idea of hydro forming cases, but given the expense of either the equipment or someone else's labor I could be well on my way to a new barrel for what the hydro forming costs.

    Thanks everyone.
     
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    If you think of it and have the time, can you post your cases and what it took to make the brass, please? It seems like a fairly straight forward operation but first hand knowledge and a fresh perspective is always a good thing.
     
  17. Clancy

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    Bully, if you'll PM me an email or something I'll send you a picture of some formed cases. I have a few.

    As for forming them, I'll lube up the 6.5 cases with Imperial, then run them through a 6x47 Lapua full length die WITHOUT the expander ball.

    Then, I'll just size them with the 22x47 full length die.

    I do not like nor recommend bushing dies. Donuts are for eating....
     
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    Just received my new no turn 22x47 Lapua reamer with freebore for 80 grain VLD's for a new coyote smacker. Had good luck this past year with 80's out of a 22-204 at 3025 on coyotes, so I expect mo better out of this case.

    I sent a dummy to JGS to set the 80's "pressure ring" just above the neck/shoulder juncture, so with the longer neck, there should still be plenty of latitude to run 70-75's as well.

    Also specified a 1.870" case length. Once you neck them down to 22, the case is already at 1.860", so I added another 10 thou so as not to need trimming right out of the gate.
     
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    Jon said his reamer is throated for the 80.5 seated to the bottom of the neck.

    I like that because I can shoot 65 game kings or 60 v max when doing coyote tournaments if I'm not happy with the 80.5 terminal performance, which I'm skeptical of. When a coyote is potentially worth several thousand dollars, I like them to crumple in place, every single time.

    Some of the ranches I hunt are so thick you wouldn't believe it, so it helps when they're still where they took the bullet.
     
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    If you send me your phone number ill take a short video of my TL3 feeding and extracting 6 dasher cases with no mods. Smooth as silk and extremely reliable. I have over 1000 rounds on mine with out a single mishap. I have conversion kits here in the shop but they simply are not needed. I think Jon is a big supporter of the Bighorn action as well. Tell jon his old friend Lee says hello. Thanks Lee
     
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