Yeah, but what has it done for us lately?
Well, for one thing the 222 inspired one of the most famous, popular, and successful centerfire rifle cartridges in the world. Plus the smallest bottlenecked 30-caliber in history. Not to mention our only commercial 20-caliber centerfire plus two of the smallest caliber centerfire cartridges ever, one of which could be the fastest commercial load ever sold to the public.
Not bad for an obsolete cartridge.
Yes, obsolete. Yesterday’s news. The 22-caliber “6.5 Creedmoor” of its day has run its course, pushed out by the very family it begat.
If you’re under the age of, say, 40, you may have never seen, let alone shot a 222 Remington. Which seems weird because this little cartridge was once ubiquitous and did more than punch small groups in paper. It was a mainstay in the varmint shooting fields. From prairie dogs and woodchucks to crows and coyotes, the 222 Remington was king. It drove a 50-grain bullet 3,240 fps, a 55-grain 3,200 fps and a little 40-grain 3,580 fps. Many hunters used it on deer and feral hogs. In the hands of subsistence hunters, it felled a surprising number of moose and caribou. And if that weren’t enough, you could get all this performance by burning just a thimbleful of BL-C2 powder.
How Did 222 Remington Generate a World Famous Family, Yet Die in the Process? — Ron Spomer Outdoors is written by Ron Spomer for www.ronspomeroutdoors.com