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Old 03-21-2010, 12:26 PM
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New 34gr hp .224 bullets What to load in?


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I got a special on 1000 34gr hp 224 bullets, and I shoot 221 fireball, 223, 22-250, 220 Swift. Has anyone shot a bullet this light in any of these cases?
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Old 03-21-2010, 04:25 PM
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Perhaps they were intended for the 5.7x28mm
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Old 03-21-2010, 05:45 PM
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Those should be fun in the Fireball!! Maybe in a slow twist .223, too. But I can see spinning jackets off in a Swift. I'd guess a fellow could run those little buggers 4600-4800 fps over a nice charge of 3031. Probably just make a nice little blue puff 20 feet in front of the muzzle.
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Old 03-21-2010, 07:21 PM
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Around ten years ago I acquired some 35 grain BT/Vmax type bullets for 22 caliber rounds. Loaded them in 22 Hornet and got nice puffs of grey smoke about 20-30 feet from muzzle. Turns out they were made for 22 magnum shells and couldn't take the velocity of even the Hornet speeds over the magnum speeds. Still have some left after all this time. You may want to experiment with a few rounds at a time rather than load up a bunch until you know for sure what will happen.
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Old 04-10-2010, 08:57 PM
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You'll definitely want to give them a try in the Fireball. I shoot 30 gr Bergers in my Fireball and I've shot my best groups with them. Do you know who made them?.
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Old 04-11-2010, 10:52 PM
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Would probably work well with the reduced Blue Dot loads published on the James Calhoun site. Kind of a fun thing.
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Old 04-12-2010, 03:01 AM
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I have tried several of the lighter than 50gr bullets in both my Swift and a .22-250 that I owned for a short time. I could not obtain any degree of accuracy from 45,40,and 35 grainers.

To me the 34gr bullets(if good quality) would be suited for the faster twist .223's and case capacities somewhat under that . I would definitely mic any given 30 or so,just to see the consistency.

You did not state weather or not the design was a HP,flat base,or no-lead style. I suspect the design would have to be a flat base seeing as they are so light for the caliber. Another application I can visualize(depending on their design) would be driven at the higher speeds outta a .223 to bring the velocities somewhat up towards the .22-250's. You should be able to shoot the bullet >3700fps.

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