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#6741291 - 04/20/17 05:50 PM Found a bit of magic today---I KNEW it was there!
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Registered: 11/11/07
Posts: 6667
Loc: Wise Co.
I've been screwing around with LT-32 in my junky old 788 chambered in .222 for quite a while, off and on, and long suspected that there was some real magic in this powder. Maybe it wouldn't have taken me eighteen months if I'd stayed on it, but it just works out that way sometimes. So much shooting to do and soooooooo little time!

The top row of groups were shot with 40-grain Ballistic Tips. I kept trying the combination and I kept getting mixed results. Sometimes the group is under 0.3 inch, sometimes it just plain stinks. My conclusion is that LT-32 just doesn't work that well with 40-grain bullets.

The lower row was shot with 50-grain V-Max. I wrote the average as being 0.45 inch, but it's actually 0.43 inch. That third group kinda hosed up a decent average, but I guess you take the bad with the good...and if that's as bad as it gets, then I guess it's okay. The charge for the 50-grain V-Max was 21.0 grains, just so you don't have to ask---whoever the other oddball out there who shoots .222 may be. Velocity will be around 3000 fps.

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#6741339 - 04/20/17 06:41 PM Re: Found a bit of magic today---I KNEW it was there! [Re: RiverRider]
Eyesofahunter Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 01/11/15
Posts: 324
Loc: Hill Country of Texas
My 222 likes 50gr bullets too. Adding to my reloading book for future reference.

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#6741342 - 04/20/17 06:44 PM Re: Found a bit of magic today---I KNEW it was there! [Re: RiverRider]
RiverRider Offline
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Registered: 11/11/07
Posts: 6667
Loc: Wise Co.
So YOU must be that other guy.
cheers
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God I am hating caliber threads more and more

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#6741410 - 04/20/17 07:35 PM Re: Found a bit of magic today---I KNEW it was there! [Re: RiverRider]
Eyesofahunter Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 01/11/15
Posts: 324
Loc: Hill Country of Texas
We maybe the last 2 but I do enjoy shooting it. Mine is a Sako L46 from the late 50's that I stumbled upon at an estate sale many years ago.

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#6741433 - 04/20/17 08:04 PM Re: Found a bit of magic today---I KNEW it was there! [Re: RiverRider]
DStroud Offline
Pro Tracker

Registered: 11/02/11
Posts: 1324
Loc: Waco
I am running Alliant R1200 in the .222 with 50gr Vmax and it seems to be a good choice of powder as well.

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#6741446 - 04/20/17 08:18 PM Re: Found a bit of magic today---I KNEW it was there! [Re: RiverRider]
Buzzsaw Offline
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Registered: 06/29/11
Posts: 6729
Loc: Frisco, Texas
great caliber!!! timeless

pics of rifle?
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#6741461 - 04/20/17 08:31 PM Re: Found a bit of magic today---I KNEW it was there! [Re: RiverRider]
RiverRider Offline
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Registered: 11/11/07
Posts: 6667
Loc: Wise Co.
The .222 truly IS a great one, Buzz. One of my all time favorites!

I restocked the rifle a while back...can't remember if I ever posted pics or not. I got this stock from Boyd's. There are things about it I would change given the chance, but I think it was a good deal for the price.




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#6741547 - 04/20/17 09:47 PM Re: Found a bit of magic today---I KNEW it was there! [Re: RiverRider]
kmon1 Offline
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Registered: 09/27/06
Posts: 21043
Loc: Texas
I remember that stock, looking better all the time. Gotta love the old 788s and the 222 is no slouch either cheers
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#6741642 - 04/21/17 05:44 AM Re: Found a bit of magic today---I KNEW it was there! [Re: RiverRider]
RiverRider Offline
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Registered: 11/11/07
Posts: 6667
Loc: Wise Co.
Ome thing that amazes me is that I didn't even need to glass bed it. I'm liking it more all the time!
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#6741693 - 04/21/17 07:30 AM Re: Found a bit of magic today---I KNEW it was there! [Re: RiverRider]
nyalubwe Offline
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Registered: 12/10/15
Posts: 334
Loc: Montana
I LOVE the deuce! Got a couple of them.
Heres a 'build' using an LVSF stock and barrel...





And a Ruger #1..





I'm just shooting an old mundane load of 19.5 gr IMR4198 and 50 grain bullets in both.

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#6741696 - 04/21/17 07:33 AM Re: Found a bit of magic today---I KNEW it was there! [Re: RiverRider]
colt45 Offline
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Registered: 08/19/06
Posts: 6162
Loc: bastrop county
788's are awesome shooters, hate the sloppy bolt
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#6741748 - 04/21/17 08:33 AM Re: Found a bit of magic today---I KNEW it was there! [Re: RiverRider]
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Registered: 06/24/06
Posts: 4386
Loc: Hurst, Tx
I have a Rem 700 triple deuce with a 5 digit serial number. Had to have the trigger replaced. I use some IMR 3031 with 55 gr lead. It still does everything I would want it to do. Last year a teen on my place killed a dang good buck and big hog with it. Nothing to not like except long range shots with it. Over the years it's taken a lot of deer with only one loss. And that one was my fault. I seldom use it anymore but it's certainly not ever going to be for sale.
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#6742220 - 04/21/17 03:53 PM Re: Found a bit of magic today---I KNEW it was there! [Re: RiverRider]
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Registered: 11/01/12
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Loc: Lubbock, TX
Originally Posted By: RiverRider
The .222 truly IS a great one, Buzz. One of my all time favorites!

I restocked the rifle a while back...can't remember if I ever posted pics or not. I got this stock from Boyd's. There are things about it I would change given the chance, but I think it was a good deal for the price.






Timney?
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#6742280 - 04/21/17 05:09 PM Re: Found a bit of magic today---I KNEW it was there! [Re: RiverRider]
jeh7mmmag Offline
gramps

Registered: 11/01/04
Posts: 12691
Loc: Colleyville, DFW, TX
The 788 looks sharp in new wood. Like your target numbers, layout, and math. Good shooting. I have a couple of 788 in 22-250 that are tack drivers and pleasant shooting. May upgrade the stock on one of them. cheers
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#6742289 - 04/21/17 05:19 PM Re: Found a bit of magic today---I KNEW it was there! [Re: RiverRider]
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Registered: 06/29/11
Posts: 6729
Loc: Frisco, Texas
Originally Posted By: RiverRider
The .222 truly IS a great one, Buzz. One of my all time favorites!

I restocked the rifle a while back...can't remember if I ever posted pics or not. I got this stock from Boyd's. There are things about it I would change given the chance, but I think it was a good deal for the price.







beauty, you did a great job with your 788

My first was a 700 BDL Varmint Special what a great rifle. I look on GB allot for another one.
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