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218 Bee

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Big Daddy K, Feb 28, 2008.

  1. Big Daddy K

    Big Daddy K Well-Known Member

    Anybody still shoot this round?
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

  3. brentn

    brentn Well-Known Member

    never heard of the round, anyone have a pic of one? is it rimfire?
  4. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

  5. Big Daddy K

    Big Daddy K Well-Known Member

  6. TimboKhan

    TimboKhan Moderator

    Sounds like a pleasant little cartridge.
  7. wundudnee

    wundudnee Well-Known Member

    Here's my model 43 Winchester in .218 bee. It's a fun little caliber, but in order to shoot any amount you have to reload. I have a good and trusted friend that loads 35 grain V max for me and they do quite well. The last time I checked Cabela's, they were $47.95 a box for .218.
  8. rangerruck

    rangerruck Well-Known Member

    the 218 bee is a really sexy little round, they are really perfect for 32 to 40 grain bullets; light and gentle recoil, perfect for varmint zapping.
  9. 3006mv

    3006mv Well-Known Member

    Are there any current production models? What ammo for the lever action? Only the flat/hp bullets? Or is the low recoil not a problem w/ the pointed rounds in the tube?
  10. Furncliff

    Furncliff Well-Known Member

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  11. theCZ

    theCZ Well-Known Member

    Rcmodel, that's one hell of a sweet rifle you have!
  12. Orr89rocz

    Orr89rocz Well-Known Member

    yep, also own a model 65 from browning in 218 bee. i got a scout style 4x scope mounted on it too, with a special barrel clamp style mount infront of the foregrip.

    very sweet gun, i just got it late last year and only shot it a few times so far
  13. rangerruck

    rangerruck Well-Known Member

    you might get lucky, and find a cz in bee , around here or there, otherwise , you will have to go old school to find one.
  14. Ndenway

    Ndenway Well-Known Member

    marlin made a run or two of them in the late 80s early 90s,

    I've never seen one outside of a gunshop though.
  15. TimboKhan

    TimboKhan Moderator

    I didn't know that Taurus made a Revo for the .218 Bee either. I did know that they made one for the .22 Hornet, as I have wanted one for some time now...
  16. Moonclip

    Moonclip Well-Known Member

    I remember seeing .218bee as an available caliber for Marlins in adevertisements as a child and thinking it was an odd caliber. I want a 22horner for some reason but I never really desired the bee.
  17. TimboKhan

    TimboKhan Moderator

    After having gone through this thread, I have to admit a certain amount of interest in the round, although I have no real need for it, what with my 4 .223 rifles. What stops cold that burgeoning interest is this:

    I haven't the room to reload, and even if I did, I have enough guns that beg to be reloaded so that I may shoot them more often. My final analysis is that it's a neat round, sounds like it would be a fun shooter, and if you happen to have a gun for it, your probably going to be happy. Happier still if your a reloader. I just don't think it's the round for me, although never say never. If I were interested in shooting a "oddball" cartridge and had the space to reload, this one holds a ton of interest with me, as opposed to some big-bore wildcat that would probably make me cry every time I pulled the trigger.
  18. alsaqr

    alsaqr Well-Known Member

    There was an improved version of the .218 Bee. It was called the .218 Mashburn Bee. Mashburn Arms of OK City chambered a lot of guns for their cartridge.
  19. dakotasin

    dakotasin Well-Known Member

    i wish i could find a bolt action or single shot bee. i think it is the ultimate in casual varminting or new shooter (think children) training. doesn't have the headaches of the 22 hornet, and has a smaller appetite than 223. my uncle has one, and he won't part w/ it. i may just end up building one, but it would be nice to stumble across one somewhere. i've never actually seen one for sale at a gunshop...
  20. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Well-Known Member

    The 218 Bee was the greatest thing since apple pie when it was introduced for varmints. When the 222 Rem was introduced, it took a lot of the wind out of the sales of the 218 Bee. These days you have the 17 Rem and the 204 Ruger as well as the 22 Hornet (which has gained a following), 222, 223, 22-250 and if you want to throw it in there the 224 Weatherby.

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