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Old 11-08-2018, 11:32 PM
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Sako 222 for me. Hunted squirrels and deer, but never actually killed a deer with it. Had a 2.5-4x scope on it, and the way you changed power was you unscrewed what looked like a second elevation cover and adjusted it there.
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Old 11-09-2018, 12:42 AM
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Like most I began with a rimfire. My first varmint rifle purchased in 1980 or 81 was a Ruger 77V chambered for the 220 Swift. My second purchased a year later a Ruger No.1B. On this rifle I vacillated between the 222 and 223. Ended up with a 223 because one could actually be found. Didn't get a 222 Remington until the late 80's or early 90's. A post 64 Winchester very accurate. Had it about 10 years and it went by the way. I currently have two both CZ 527's one a varmint and one a full stock and both with the Mexico import marks. The little CZ action makes way more sense for the 222 Rem than the model 70's.
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Old 11-09-2018, 12:46 AM
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My first real varminting was in 1986 with a PD safari to S.D. My two varmint guns for that trip were a TC with 14" .222 barrel and a Sako L461 .223 rifle. I still have the .222 TC.
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Old 11-09-2018, 12:02 PM
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Must be too young to be part of the triple deuce crowd. Started with a 22LR and went immediately to a 22-250 in the later 70's. I've looked at the Vixens and the 722's and 700's in the 222, but have never been able to convince myself that I needed that caliber. That said, I've got a whole lot of other calibers that I don't need either. Maybe some day.
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Old 11-09-2018, 09:13 PM
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Must be too young to be part of the triple deuce crowd. Started with a 22LR and went immediately to a 22-250 in the later 70's. I've looked at the Vixens and the 722's and 700's in the 222, but have never been able to convince myself that I needed that caliber. That said, I've got a whole lot of other calibers that I don't need either. Maybe some day.
i think the 222 was officially made in the early 1950's, while the 223 was made in mid 1960s. the 222 had a 1 in 14" bore(good for 40-55gr bullets). the 223 have a plethora of bores, 1 in 7" to 1 in 14". add to fact, that the 223 speeds are 100 - 200fps faster than the 222. the 223 ammo is widely available, the 222 is not.

the 222 shines over the 223 is accuracy. i've never seen a rifle that was inaccurate(222). i have seen a 223 that drove a guy nuts. we both decided to sell the 223 and got a 222 rem in a rem m700bdl.
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Old 11-10-2018, 12:50 AM
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First bonafide chuck rifle was a Savage 340 in 222, back in the 60’s. They were $65 and I saved and had the old man kick in for a Tasco 10X. I was king, one buddy had a hornet, the other a 303 Enfield....no scope.
Typical Saturday, got dropped off @ 303’s house about 9 AM and started walking from there until 6-7 that night, anything over about 150yds was mine as the official “long range” guy. Walked a lot of fields, boy.
Saved every penny to buy ammo.
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Old 11-10-2018, 03:40 AM
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My first was a 22lr, then my deer rifle in 270. Way overkill but never missed a deer after a summer a shooting chucks. First real varmint gun was a 22-250, made some crazy shots with that gun. Now a 20-222 and 22 hornet. Cant say its better but its different, and different is good
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Old 11-11-2018, 03:24 PM
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In 1960 I bought a Rem 722 in 222 with a weaver k-10 scope. Started ground squirrel shooting in the San Bernardino mountains. Sold it after coming out of the Army in 1964. Have had a 40XBR that is used for PDs since 1990. Still is my favorite. But that may change after finishing up load testing for a 20P.

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Old 11-14-2018, 05:09 AM
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Everyone should have a duece.

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Old 11-15-2018, 02:17 PM
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A .222 was my first centerfire varmint rifle. In '81 I was eleven years old and bought a Marlin golden 39A with saved up Xmas/birthday money and odd job money. One thing I remember is how my mother drove me to 3 different sporting goods stores before I found one with wood I liked. At that point I owned a Mossberg 183K .410 bolt action shotgun and the year prior my Pop bought me a Marlin 336 in 30 WCF for deer hunting. '82 was the watershed moment in my gun owning life when the family visited my dad's parents in Pennsylvania. Grandpa gave me a Rem 722 in .222, a Rem 721 in .270, and a Winchester 37 12ga. to take back to Missouri with me. The .222 had a Lyman All American 6x with a yellowed view but I didn't care. I was amazed how far I could shoot crows. Since my Pop already had a .222 and all the handloading tools I was off to the races. I still have all those guns.
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