I have had two of them and both of the shanks were too short for Hornady GC's and they shaved the bottom band when seated fully. How is the one you have?
I shot it in two 22-250 rifles and never got good accuracy compared to other .22 designs.It fit the throats,cast well and was confusing why it wouldn't shoot under 1" in the two 1-10" twist rifles i tried it in.I like your idea of plainbaseing it,maybe if it works for you i'll have Erik Ohlen at HP Mold Service do mine.He said it wouldnt be a problem when i asked about having one of my 4 cavity 225415's plain based.I have about 10,000 22 GC that should last awhile,but for most casual shooting up to 100 a plainbase is fine.
Last edited on Sat Feb 21st, 2009 08:59 pm by linoww
I had a couple of Hoch molds that were "grainy" looking and had odd chattered cavities that really were pretty poor casting and looking but shot well.They wernt worth the battle of getting them to release from the mold so i traded them off to a more patient shooter.They were the first ones Dave Farmer made after buying the buisness from Richard Hoch.What was wrong with your mold?
Chauncy Roe, a Schuetzen shooter from Springfield Or. used to say you could trace the downfall of Western civilization to John Barlows introduction of the GC bullet.You would get along with him i bet.
After a little preliminary shooting today, in a gale, at fifty yards; I have my doubts that this bullet is going to shoot as well as my NEI plain base.
I'm going to mothball my Model 700 .221 Fireball until I decide what to do with it and go back to the Bee. Just finished swapping the scope out.
I don't know what the deal is with the Hoch mould. It is a nose pour with a .075 meplat, I just can't get it to fill right. I went through about three cycles of cold to way too hot and never got a bullet worth keeping.
I still have a few of the NEI's you sent me.I was amazed how well it shot even though the nose seemed undersized and the body too short.If you remember i "bumped" 10 of them to fit the throat of my Savage.Well...your bullet as designed shot 10 into 9/16@ 50 and my impovement shot 3" groups.Apparently i need to shoot first and then make judgements.
I wonder if anyone has had good luck with the SAECO .22, it seems your results are following mine.If you find an RCBS 55 FN swoop it up.It is like a heavier 225415, but shoots as well as most 22's i have and would make a dandy plainbase.
I have an Eagan i fight like that Hoch of yours.I cant give up on it yet, but i have been close to selling it a few times.
Shot more 308403 Popes today.Good and some bad.I'll get it on the 30-06 plainbae thread after i sort the targets.
Did Erik Ohlen do the work? I went out to shoot my 22-250 yesterday and had wild results.Last time out it shot pretty well with the Eagan 62 and 13.5 of 2400.It usually takes 3-6 shots to settle,but yesterday it refused to settle at all.The first 6 shots were 3" but the last two shots were 1/2" apart.I moved over to the next bull and the first 4 were 1",but #5 went 3" high.I moved to the next bull and the first 8 were 2". But again the last two each went above and below the group 2".I fired one last group and it was a hollow 6".No leading present and this was all with the same lot of bullets and powder setting etc.This same load shot a few MOA groups the day before.( one 5 shot group at 200 went 1-7/8" !)Confusing the heck out of me.I might give the barrel a good soaking in Eds Red as i usually just dry brush and patch it before each session.