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Posted: June 22 2018 at 5:21pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

I've always been kind of interested in it, and got really into the .22 Hornet a few years ago (most fun for the buck a guy can have, if you don't own one, you should)so an opportunity presented itself to get a neat one for much, much less than such things usually go for a while back and I'm just getting around to shooting it.

It'll eventually become a cast bullet fox squirrel rifle like my Hornets eventually, but for now, I'm going to mess around with more conventional loads and see what she'll do. I shot some of the former owners loads in it today (yeah, I know, but I trust the guy to know what he's doing and he tended to load on the low end of the range)and so far am not real impressed, but I think it shows hope.

Anyone have any guidance on where to start, particularly powder choices? Most of my load manuals are older and suggest H110, 4227, 2400, 4198, etc. Was wondering if 1680 or Little Gun might be good since they work well in the Hornet. Might need to invest in a more modern load book.

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Posted: June 23 2018 at 8:10am | IP Logged Quote RT58

I never loaded for one, but a quick look in a few manuals shows more powders. Reloader 7, Accurate 1680 and No. 9, a few from Vihtavouri and a couple other choices. I don't have all the latest data so their might be more.

Some manuals have data for spitzer type bullets but there is some data for blunt noses if you need them.

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Posted: June 23 2018 at 9:36am | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

Mine is a single shot, so no worries about pointed bullets.

I think I have Lee's reloading manual out there somewhere, never really liked it much, but it will have data for more up to date powders. I have some 1680 I got somewhere, guess I'll give it a try.

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You can download Western Powders free load guide here, on the left. It has load data for the .218 using 1680.

http://blog.westernpowders.com/newest-reloading-data/

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Posted: June 23 2018 at 10:46am | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

Thanks much.

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Posted: July 07 2018 at 1:58pm | IP Logged Quote John Van Gelder

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Just found this, a topic near and dear to my heart..! My very first center fire rifle was a customized mod 43 Winchester, in .218 Bee. I may even still have a set of dies in my reloading stuff.

The 43 was the absolute essence of the "plain" rifle. A stock of some sort of wood, with no checkering.

This gun had been worked over by a friend of mine, with a certain amount of assistance from our local gun smith.

The barrel was shortened, and floated, the lock work polished, and the trigger broke like a hollow glass rod.

A real improvement from my Marlin 39A .22LR.

Woodchucks that had gotten a "pass" because they were out of range of .22 Super X hollow points, were drying in the sun.

My favorite load was 10 gr of 2400, with a Hornady 55grn SX bullet.

There were other cartridges back then that were pretty useful. The K Hornet, and the Mashburn Bee.

The old Winchester was a great gun, and was responsible for firmly entrenching me in reloading. Just a few years after getting that gun I went into the service, and had a family, I traded the Winchester "even up for a "47" Ford, not sure who got the best of that deal, it would be me if I still had the Ford.. It was the 60s and everything was "fluid" back then..    
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Posted: July 07 2018 at 6:57pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

I passed up a Model 43 in .218 Bee in Murf's Guns in Duncan Oklahoma in 1989. Been kinda kicking myself ever since, but in my defense, it was a lot of money for a newly married 2LT at the time.

Mine is a custom medium weight varmint rifle built on a Martini Cadet action. This one ought to be a real fun shooter when I get to working with it more. Intrisically, it's a better cartridge than the Hornet. We'll see.

Something that has really, really grown on me is to just go out in the woods here on my place, sit down with a rifle (favorite is a Savage 219 in Hornet) and wait for fox squirrels and snipe them with reduced cast loads. It's gotten to where I like this a lot better than deer hunting and even bowfishing which used to be my most loved thing to do. Maybe I'm getting old, but that is what I see this little Martini doing eventually.

Thanks for the load advice, I have quite a bit of 2400 and I think I have some of those 55 grain SX bullets which used to shoot superbly in my old .223 using IMR 4064.

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