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222 Magnum FROM 204 Ruger???

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by briang2ad, Nov 14, 2008.

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  1. briang2ad

    briang2ad Member

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    I'm sure guys were 'making' 358 Winchester ammo from 308 brass, and 35 Whelen form 30-06 brass back in the day...

    So why NOT 222 mag from 204 Ruger???
     
  2. gvnwst

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    Why? Yes, they were, before it was cheaply avaliable.
     
  3. Kurt_D

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    Isn't .222 mag = .223 rem? or is that just .222 +P? :)
     
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    .222 mag has a slightly longer case, with more capacity, but lower pressure, so it is about the same as the .223, IIRC. It is now "obsolete" due to cheapness fo the .223. The .204 ruger is a necked .222, with higher than standard pressures. A 20 tacticaal (.20-.223) has slightly worse ballistics.
     
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    why not, Heck I've spent most of the day turning Federal 30-06 cases into 7x57mm Mauser
     
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    Still, what is the point? .222 brass can still be gotten, and there is always .223, if needed.
     
  7. Appsy

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    should be a matter of dropping the shoulder and opening up the throat.

    seems a pain in the backside tho and id watch the thickness of the brass at the throat
     
  8. R.W.Dale

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    I don't think you fellas are getting that .222rem and 222rem MAG are two different cartridges.

    222 you can buy brass for

    222mag you pretty much can't

    204 ruger is pretty much a necked down 222mag
     
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    Remington still catalogs 222 Rem Mag brass. Full line whole salers have it. Have your supplier contact Black Hills shooters Supply @ 800-289-2506. I use the mag cases to make 6X47 Int. Match cases for my custom Contender.
     
  10. briang2ad

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    204 Ruger brass is about HALF the price, and will be available for years to come.

    The whole reason to start the thread was I saw a Sako Vixen in a ship in this caliber for a sweet price, and started to wonder....

    But I presently don't reload, but boy this would be fun...
     
  11. tarkio

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    There is commercially available 222 mag ammo out there.

    Start by looking up Reed Ammunition. They have a lot of different loads available.

    I have a Cooper in 222 mag and I really enjoy it. I do not reload either but am looking at starting because of my 222 mag and some other unique calibers I have.
     
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    Wideners has 222 Rem. Mag. brass for $21.00 per 100. BTW for you handloaders, the supplier in question is almost always cheaper, and usually way cheaper than anyone I've found.
    35W
     
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    briang2ad, I mentioned this in a similar post that you had.
    You can make 204 cases from 222 Rem Mag cases by necking the 222 mag case down to form a false headspace shoulder, then blowing out the case in a case forming firing of that case.

    The 204 has a longer case shoulder by .075 and it is very difficult to move that shoulder back without wrecking the case, unless you have special case forming dies to make 222 ReMag cases. It's not a simple matter of running 204 cases through a 222 ReMag die.

    IMO, the effort is not worth it, especially with 222 Remag cases still readily available.

    NCsmitty
     
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