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Old 04-15-2011, 12:53 AM
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Hey folks. I know a fella who bought a .225 Winchester. He wants to reload for it. I'm wondering, is it 22 caliber? I'm not familiar with the cartridge at all. Thanks.
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Old 04-15-2011, 02:03 AM
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Yes,

A google search will bring up quite a bit of loading information.
IMR 4064 and 55-grain Sierra bullets is a good place to start.

Winchester or Savage?
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Old 04-15-2011, 04:10 AM
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Yep, it shoots standard .224" bullets, like most other center-fire 22's. It has the distinction of being one of the few cartridges that is semi-rimmed, which some argue makes it suitable for both bolt and single-shot actions. It was released just shortly before Remington standardized the 22-250, which basically was a death knell for the 225 Winchester. This is yet another example of a fine cartridge that fell by the wayside because something else was marginally better in several ways.

For the handloader, the 225 is easy to work with because the case is very strong and will give many firings, if the neck is annealed every 4 or 5 times it is loaded. From a purely nostalgic point of view, this is one of my favorite chamberings of all time.

Just out of curiosity, did your friend happen to find and buy an original Winchester Model 70, in 225?
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Old 04-15-2011, 04:33 AM
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Here alittle history on the 225
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.225_Winchester

Speer and the new Hornady reloading manuals had data for the 225 Win if it's a factory Savage or Win they use 1/14 twist barrels.

Good caliber. Well good luck
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Old 04-15-2011, 06:37 AM
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Just like the others have said, I'll echo the same thoughts. The .225 Win is great round, accurate and easy to load for, almost on par with the 22-250 for power and range.

Yes, you load them with .22 caliber bullets which are .224" diameter.
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Old 04-15-2011, 08:44 AM
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I have a Cooey model 71 in 225 win. Fun little round both for shooting and reloading. Real close to the 22 250 for performance. Have fun.
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Old 04-15-2011, 02:42 PM
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Thanks for all the info guys. It is a Winchester model 70. Thats all I know about it. I'm looking forward to seeing it. Don't know what he had to give for it either. Thanks again guys.
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Old 04-15-2011, 03:12 PM
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Thanks for all the info guys. It is a Winchester model 70. Thats all I know about it. I'm looking forward to seeing it. Don't know what he had to give for it either. Thanks again guys.
Have had 2, a Win 70V and a Savage 340V. Believe Winchester really tired hard with the first lots of ammo and the first rifles chambered... introducing a new round, they'd likey to take a bit of extra care to get it right, and in this case, the accuracy was impressive.

As the round fell into disfavor, the quality of the ammo seemed to also fall...never bad, but often not giving the same top notch accuracy of the first lots.

Reloading can bring that back, but it has been reported to be a "twitch" round to load. I haven't found it to be a problem, but I stay with "sticky powders", and of the normal stick powders, 4064 and 4320 have always been very accurate (although not as fast as some others).
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Old 04-15-2011, 04:40 PM
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I prefer IMR 4064 too. Harvey Donaldson likes IMR 3031 and he loaded it with a bulk measure. Harve wrote about loading for the round in Handloader many years ago and he worked up many very accurate loads.
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Old 04-15-2011, 07:51 PM
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suplemental .225 information

Was looking for a cast bullet .22 centerfire, and though odd chance, ended up with a Savage 340V (.225). Didn't take a lot of work to get that rifle shooting cast .22's very well. No good explaination for that, seems like it would be a lesser choice than a .222 or a .222Mag, but that barrel had a real liking for cast lead.

I still think chambering the Savage 340 action in .225 was a mistake, and probably why the 340V wasn't made for all that long. Just a bit too much cartridge/pressure for that design.

Wrote up making that rifle into a cast bullet shooter, making fucntional cases from 30-30 brass (but only for cast bullet loads), and the loads used for Varmint Hunter Magazine...proabably back about 12 years or so. Of course, I lost all that stuff and the loading data.
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