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.222 Remington Rifle Cartridge – Family Portrait

The .222 Rem. is not only a classic round. It also spawned an entire family of cartridges.

.222 Remington Rifle Cartridge – Family Portrait

There was a time when the .222 Rem. was America’s favorite varmint cartridge. Beginning soon after its introduction in 1950, it also became the most popular cartridge in benchrest competition. The “triple deuce” was pushed from that game by the 6mm PPC during the 1970s, but for 40 years the .222 Rem. held the world record for the smallest five-shot group fired at 100 yards: a 0.009-inch cluster from Mac McMillan’s Light Varmint-class rifle.

Mike Walker of Remington designed the .222, and it was introduced in the Remington Model 722 rifle, which he also designed. He was one of the founders of the International Benchrest Shooters Association and first shot the...

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