16 October 2018
Mitch, I have a small game round that is superb for my Spartan X39 with the Lee TL 314-90-SWC pistol bullet cast in #2 sized for my rifle at .3125", Tumble lubed lightly 2X with Whites Deluxe 45:45:10. I use 2.9gr H TiteGroup for 1160 fps clocked with my 24" barrel single shot. The load consistently groups under 1" @ 50 yards and kills squirrels well as well as big snapping turtles and Racoons at 50 yards and woodchucks to 100 yards. I wouldn't hesitate to use this round on Coyote or Fox out to 100 yards either, The load is so cheap to shoot and accurate that I have fun using it on interactive metal targets designed for .22 R.F at 50 yards!!!
The truncated cone flat nose on this 90 grain SWC smacks meat and kills small game well at 1160 fps. The round is actually a little more powerful than a .22 RF Mag. due to the 90 gr bullet weight at this speed. This SWC is also a clean cutting paper puncher on targets and that makes paper target shooting more fun. I seat this bullet one diameter deep and no crimp for my single shot. I return the seating flair to zero with an adjusted Lee FCD.
This round in my Spartan is also quieter than CCI Standard Velocity ammo out of my Ruger 10/22
I only use the #2 alloy for strength during pocket carry, WheelWeight, jacketed bullet scrap or pure lead would be fine at this load level but those soft metals dent up in the pocket and #2 doesn't dent up in the pocket.