You're favorite .221 Fire Ball load with 40 Gr Nosler BT

Discussion in 'Small Stuff--22s, 20s, and 17s' started by sstkmkrr, Aug 7, 2014.

  1. sstkmkrr

    sstkmkrr

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    Let me hear you're favorite load in the .221 Fire Ball with a 40 Gr. Nosler BT.

    Thanks, I wish to share this with a friend of mine not on this site. I will appreciate your time in this effort in getting him this information. He has a Remington 700 SA BDL that he's putting a Douglas XX 1/10 TW barrel on 24" OAL.

    Thanks once again for your help!

    Steve Murphy
     
  2. bheadboy

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    lil'gun

    use lower hodgden loads and work up it is a fast powder and needs care approaching high end as the chambers/bbl will differ.

    Bob
     
  3. boltman223

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    My 221 really likes imr 4198. 17.7 to 18.0 gr Works really good! My barrel is 22" and I'm averaging 3250.
     
  4. RonS

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    I have a 12T 24" McGowen barrel, I use 40 Bergers with H4198 at roughly <3200 fps. Nothing but fun @ 200 yards
     
  5. stacy

    stacy 2 TIMOTHY 2 VERSE 15 Silver $$ Contributor

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    My REM 700 classic loves H-4227 16.6grs 40gr berger hp just a tick under 3300 fps!!It don't like the bt's
     
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  6. Jeff

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    About as much fun can you have :)
     
  7. sw282

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    Stay away from LilGun... Shooter friends in IHMSA noticed excessive throat erosion from the stuff.. After firing 5 rds of LilGun load, let cool, then fire 5 rds of another similar pdr the barrel will be TWICE as HOT from LilGun pdr.. Warnings have been published in recent yrs
     
  8. JohnHenry

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    My 221FB is built on a Kelbly Atlas action with a 22" 1 in 14" twist Shilen select match barrel having a Rem. varmint contour. I have been getting excellent results shooting 40 gr. Nosler BT with CFE BLK. I am using Norma brass and 205M primers. Using the Hodgdon max load of 20.8 gr. of CFE BLK. Accuracy progressively improved as I worked up to Hodgdon's max load. One hundred yard five shot groups are in the high 0.2's to low 0.3's. Out of a 24" barrel Hodgdon's data shows this load at 3543 fps and 45800 CUP. I see no signs of high pressure.
     
  9. BEEZLY

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    AA 1680
     
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  10. kcjim

    kcjim Silver $$ Contributor

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    I’ll second the use of IMR 4198 with 40 gr bullets in the .221 FB.
     
  11. Marksman

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    Lil'gun for me.
     
  12. NorCalMikie

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    Accurate Arms 2230. Start around 17.0 grains and adjust from there. Usually end up around 18.0 or 18.5. I stop when I get one hole "bughole" groups.
    My best group at 100 yards measured .110. :cool:
    .221 Fireball is also my favorite caliber.:D
    Tried a few different powders but always go back to AA2230. From 17 VHA on up to and including 6.8 SPC. with a bunch in between.;)
     
  13. GAnderson

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    Don't rule out Reloader7...also the Accurate 1680 works well.
     
  14. dedogs

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    +1 on the Reloader 7. You can go higher than 18 grains. dedogs
     
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    Va222rem Silver $$ Contributor

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    19gr. Reloader 7. CCI BR-4 primers do excellent for me
     
  16. LitLBoy

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    CFE Bk.
     
  17. TAJ45

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    Blue dot was recommended to me. 12ish grains but double check. REPEAT. . . DOUBLE CHECK.
     
  18. Rick in Oregon

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    Both RL-7 and 2200 work well. I'm wanting to try CFE BLK too, as it gives a good velocity boost.

    The 40gr NBT and 40gr Varmageddon are my favorite rat boolits:

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    This is what works for me, YMMV. :)
     
  19. stacy

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    IMR-4227 WORKS FOR ME :D
     

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