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savage 24 in .222/20ga

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Saigashooter, Jun 10, 2016.

  1. Saigashooter

    Saigashooter Or coast Member

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    I have a few savage 24's what I really want is one that is a 223/12ga. that said I do not have any other .222 rifles. I have talked to a few gunsmiths that said they can ream it to .223 or 556. The problem with that is there are not that many savages 24 around. I know if I did it the value would go down and I would not get the best grouping from the heavier bullets. what do you guys do sell it or trade it or rechamber it?
     
  2. Jamie6.5

    Jamie6.5 Western OR Well-Known Member

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    You left off the most important option of all,...

    "Sell it to Jamie6.5"
     
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  3. curtismann

    curtismann Silverton Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    1 in 12 twist?
    I'd say keep it as is...
     
  4. Reno911

    Reno911 Hillsboro Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    My pops would be interested. Has a mossberg in .222
     
  5. madmax

    madmax woodburn Active Member

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    222 does not equal 223 lol
     
  6. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    I said other cause if you are even thinking about modifying it just sell it
    Other wise use it as is
     
  7. Saigashooter

    Saigashooter Or coast Member

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    maybe it will make me get into reloading.
     
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  8. Box13

    Box13 Beavercreek Member

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    The twist rate used for the 222 is not suitable for the 223.Probably better to trade or sell it and get something made for the 223.
     
  9. Spitpatch

    Spitpatch Forest Grove, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I have to agree with this statement wholeheartedly! The .222 does NOT equal .223. The .222 stood firmly at the top of all benchrest cartridges for a very long period of time, and even upon the advent of the "PPC" craze, there are STILL competitors who hold their own with the "triple deuce". The .223 never achieved a sliver of sunshine in this arena which demands nothing but perfection toward inherent accuracy. No, the .222 does not equal the .223. It has a longer neck which contributes to bullet alignment/concentricity upon seating. It will achieve 90-95% of the velocity of the .223 while efficiently utilizing 70-85% of the powder. The .222 certainly does NOT equal the .223, since it was designed as a target/varmint cartridge, and being (at least one of) the parent case of the .223, it was specifically designed for unparallelled efficiency and accuracy: (where the .223 is a sort of bastardized/compromised short necked cartridge designed solely for the purpose of launching heavy FMJ bullets into humans). No equality there.

    Given the choice (for my purposes: precise accuracy, efficiency, superb power for all varminting applications and friendliness toward varmint-weight bullets), the .222 cannot in any fashion be denigrated with the assignment of "equal" to the .223.
     
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