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I went to my LGS today to look at (2) used revolvers: both were sold by the time I got here.

Up on the wall was a CZ-527 American in .222 Remington and it had some dust on it. :) It's on layaway now and I should get it in February.

I know it's not a .223, I wasn't looking for 1 of those. The only other calibers under consideration were .22 Hornet (didn't have one) and .204 Ruger

Anybody shoot and reload the .222?
 

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great Buy!

I have a Remington Mohawk 600 in 222rem and it's the most accurate rifle I own, it'll put 5 shots into the same hole at 100 yards all day long.

for reloads mine likes Remington Brass, Winchester small rifle primers, and 25 grains of Varget with a 50 grain soft point on top.
 

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You should have posted this on the reloading bench.

You more than likely would have been the recipient of lots of really good information. Posting here in this subforum, not so much.
 

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I went to my LGS today to look at (2) used revolvers: both were sold by the time I got here.

Up on the wall was a CZ-527 American in .222 Remington and it had some dust on it. :) It's on layaway now and I should get it in February.

I know it's not a .223, I wasn't looking for 1 of those. The only other calibers under consideration were .22 Hornet (didn't have one) and .204 Ruger

Anybody shoot and reload the .222?
Is your CZ the heavy barreled version or lighter weight barrel? I have a few 527s, actually selling off one in 223 to get a heavier barreled 222.

I've been shooting and reloading the 222 Remington for about 40 years, started off with an ugly old Savage 340 and have always had at least one in the collection. I currently have a heavy barreled Encore, a Remington 788 rifle and a Cooper Model 21. The Encore barrel cost me about $150.00, the Cooper costs ..... more, but they each shoot about the same. The 788 does almost as well.

I've always used 19.8 grains of IMR 4198 and 50, 52 or 53 grain bullets as a go to load. It's not exactly hot but it has always done "three shots, one hole" at 100 yds out of every rifle I put it through. I use Sierra BTHP usually, lately I've fiddled with the Hornady AMax and RL 7 and it does very well. I know Lapua brass is a touch more $$$ than Winchester & Remington but not too much. It sure works great.

I neck size only. On the Cooper and Encore, being single shots, I use a longer than most OAL and just off the rifling. IIRC Most suggested OAL are around 2.125" but I'm around 2.150" for the 52/52 BTHP and 2.165" for the AMax.

I really like the CZs. One thing I don't really care for on the CZ 527 is the single set trigger. It's a bit of a pain to use and because of it the trigger is a two piece design which, in "regular" mode, is a bit mushy. The trigger adjusts down easily, but it still feels a bit soft. Cabelas had (has?) the Rifle Basix "no set" one piece design trigger on sale for $29.00 and it is just as adjustable, but not soft. Gives a much crisper pull.
 

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It has the lighter barrel, which I think will be fine. Eventually I may get a heavier barrel one or the sweet little carbine.
This is one of my first adventures in rifles; for the past 20 years it's been handguns.
Fortunately it comes wih scope rings.

Thanks for the trigger information.
 

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I have shot one of these before (my cousins). I was very impressed with the accuracy. He deer hunts with it regularly and loves it. Great find.
 

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Nice rifle, great caliber. (now go find that Hornet) :)
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It has the lighter barrel, which I think will be fine. Eventually I may get a heavier barrel one or the sweet little carbine.
This is one of my first adventures in rifles; for the past 20 years it's been handguns.
Fortunately it comes wih scope rings.

Thanks for the trigger information.
The bolt throw and configuration on the CZ 527 is a bit high, just something to be aware of when picking a scope. I have the carbine in 7.62X39 and use a Burris 2 to 7X, the bolt handle just clears the rear bell. I also added a Kickeeze stick on cheek riser. I'm usually not a fan of such cheekpieces but it fits perfectly, stays put and helps alot with cheekweld.

BTW, even though it comes with a flush fit 3 rounder, 5 round magazines will work just fine on the American.
 

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I am a 222 Rem fan. Have had several. Rem 700vs (walnut), S&W m1500, Rem 788, Savage 112JRS single shot, Rem 722. All those are gone. I kept one, a Sako A1 varmint.

All shot well. My Sako shoots a 50 grain Sierra blitz or blitzking into sub dime-sized groups at 100 yards with 22 grains of AA2015.

I've found 50 grainers were more accurate than 55 grainers in my 1-14 twist 222 Rem barrels. Powders that have worked well are: 4198 (IMR or H), WW748, VV133, 4895, H322. None were "inaccurate." A fun load was 12.5 grains of H4227 and a 50 grain jacketed bullet. Sub MOA at 100 yards, quiet (MV1800-2000 fps?). Good for close woodchucks. Makes your 222 Rem into a 22 magnum, and useful for more settled areas.

It's a classic. Enjoy. Nice rifle you got too.
 

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Great purchase! I just purchased my 3rd CZ! I own the 527 in 22 hornet and just purchased a 17 hornet. I kinda like the backasswards safety! I think it has made me way more safety conscious because I'm always double checking to make sure it's on.
 

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I have several .222's... pretty much the the rule is 19.5-20.5g of 4198 under a 50g pill. the 40g Vmax also shoot VERY well. I have a Marlin 322, Rem ADL and HB Win Model 70 post 64.
 
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