Third Custom Rifle Build
Green Mountain Barrel
Caliber 222 Remington
Start Date: 3/22/2019
Like most projects, it takes longer to plan and set up than it does to actually do the work. I bought a used reamer and gauges off Gun Broker at least a year ago. Advertised as 222 Remington with 3 gauges (NO-GO, Field & GO). The price was right, the gauges were right but the reamer was wrong. The reamer was actually a 222 Rem Mag.
Not a big deal, I wasn't ready to start anyway. So I looked around online and found a used Clymer reamer in 222 Remington. Sold the 222 Rem Mag reamer to a customer.
Not sure when the Boyd's stock showed up, at least last fall maybe even farther back than that.
Once again I bought a Green Mountain Barrel for this project and as in the past their service was great.
I had already faced off the receiver and lapped the bolt lugs so that much was out of the way.
Problems on the 2nd rifle chamber prompted me to learn exactly what went wrong and why. Discussing the problem with a couple of new contacts it came to light that I had not properly adjusted my steady rest. In short, it simply was not holding the barrel tight enough.
Understanding that improved things dramatically. So much so that on this project a fired round from the new barrel leaves the brass un-changed dimensionally except for the neck expanding enough to release the bullet.
I did not taper the new barrel but instead turned it down to just over an inch in diameter.
As with the 1st two rifles I once again locked this rifle into my Tipton gun cleaning vise, tied a string to the trigger, tossed a pair of heavy insulated coveralls over the action and backed away with the string. The barrel wouldn't fit a sythetic stock so I test fired it assembled into the Boyd's stock.
That's fine, call me chicken, but I'm not the least bit interested in finding out the hard way that screwed something up. There are just too many steps to this process for me to leave anything to chance.
This rifle would become my first bedding project before I took it to the range. It involved watching several videos and doing my best to understand the procedure before attempting such. The two "must watch" videos for me turned out to be these two:
It turned out great and went like the videos said it would.
Had a little trimming to do but that took all of 5 minutes.
At the range on March 31st. Burning up some old factory ammo, I went through the same fire 3 and clean procedure as I always do and then took it inside to my cleaning bench for a thorough cleaning.
Next I loaded 4 groups of 5 rounds using H322 powder. 10 rounds with 40gr. HP bullets and 10 with V-Max bullets. Made it back down to the range on April 6th. All of the rounds were loaded in new Winchester brass. I did not full length size, just ran the cases over the expander ball to remove any dings in the case mouth. On the one round that did not fire, the shoulder was out of spec by 6 or 8 K.
I am thrilled with the performance of this rifle. Like the first two rifles the Green Mountain Barrel performance is amazing at a fraction of the cost of other barrels on the market.
There are several powders that work well in the 222 and eventually I will try other powders but for now I'm content with the H322 powder.
I intend to put a high gloss finish on the Boyd's stock on this rifle but not sure when that will happen.