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.224 Bullet Comparison

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by ngnrd, Feb 13, 2013.

  1. ngnrd

    ngnrd Well-Known Member

    I thought it would be interesting to do a visual comparison of the .224 bullets I have sitting on my shelf. They range from 45gr to 75gr, and include varmint and medium game hunting bullets.

    From left to right:

    • 45gr Barnes TXS #22441
    • 50gr Nosler Ballistic Tip Varmint #39522
    • 55gr Sierra GameKing #1365
    • 55gr Nosler Ballistic Silvertip #51031
    • 55gr Berger FB Varmint #22311
    • 55gr Dogtown (Midway) FBHP #48122
    • 60gr Nosler Partition #16316
    • 62gr Swift Scirocco II #???
    • 64gr Nosler Bonded Performance #38135
    • 75gr Swift Scirocco II #???


  2. NWcityguy2

    NWcityguy2 Well-Known Member

    Thanks. The 55gr Gameking, is that meant for varmints or small deer?
  3. bdgackle

    bdgackle Well-Known Member

    That is a cool comparison. Lots of diversity in this caliber, both in weight, shape, and intended terminal effect.

    Funny, though, that pile of boxes is suspiciously similar to an empty spot on the shelf at Cabela's. They have .204... then a blank... then .243. They have .257... then a blank, ...then.277. They've got .284... then a blank... then .329.

    I just assumed that the industry decided that the obscure "in between" calibers like .224, .264, and .308 occupied too small of a niche and quit making them. Was I wrong? :neener:
  4. ngnrd

    ngnrd Well-Known Member

    I haven't had a chance to do any calling yet, but I was planning on using either the GameKings or the 45gr TSX's on predators (fox, lynx, coyote, wolf) out of my .222. I am hoping they won't damage the hides too bad. I also think (given proper shot placement) they would probably work on the small Sitka Blacktail deer we have up here, but I have a pretty good selection of better choices for that duty in my stash.

    EDIT: Just a note - I wanted a predator "thumper", so I tried to get the 60gr Partitions to shoot from the .222, but they just won't stabilize from the 1:14 twist barrel. So I picked up the GK's as a possible substitute.
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2013
  5. ngnrd

    ngnrd Well-Known Member

    Well, it's not like I ran down to the LGS and bought these all yesterday. (Although I did pass on 55gr soft point Dogtowns, 60gr Hornady V-Max, and 55gr BlitzKings all within the last week... ) I guess ya just gotta turn over a few rocks every once in a while to build up an assortment like this.

    Like the big rock I turned over this morning... Picked up 8# of TAC and 8# of A2230, along with a box each of small pistol, small rifle, and large pistol primers, all at normal retail prices. Right place, right time, with enough available cash to close the deal...

    Patience is a virtue.;)
  6. bdgackle

    bdgackle Well-Known Member

    Do you have specific uses in mind for all of the above, or are you still testing to figure out what your gun likes?
  7. ngnrd

    ngnrd Well-Known Member

    Both, I guess? I have three rifles that use .224 bullets (Savage .222, Mini-14, and Remington R-15), and I've worked up some loads in each rifle with certain uses in mind. But mostly I've been systematically wasting them through a Mini-14 that refuses to play nice.:rolleyes:
  8. kelbro

    kelbro Well-Known Member

    You're just getting started LOL. Loading for 223 will fill a drawer with different bullets.
  9. gab909

    gab909 Well-Known Member

    Wow, I would love to stumble across 2 (8) pound kegs like that. Good score, got me to thinking about what I have in 223 bullets and I am left shaking my head. Why on Earth did I order those Z Max today..... Oh yeah, because I could.

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