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I bought What dies I could, Ordered a Hornady Modified Case, actually two, one to Resize to 25 -20, A Neck Sizer and Seater Die and a Full Sizing on backorder.
The Seller (pj) Gave me first shot at the 46g fn bullets he had, so I have a good start.
Went over my assortment of.223 rem bullets. I'm smiling.

I will put pictures up when I get it, or something.

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I think you’ll love it!
I adore mine. Like yours, mine wears an older Leupold Compact Vari-X 2-7.
Velocity champ is Hodgdons Lil’Gun. 12.5gr with a 45gr bullet, 13.2gr with a 40gr is max in my gun. Most accurate is 12.5 with the 40gr however.
Most accurate load in my rifle is a 45gr Sierra Semipoint .224” over 14.0gr of IMR4198. It only gets 2,750fps but approaches MOA accurate (5-shots @100yds).
A great bullet for little more than cost of gas checks for a cast bullet are the Armscor 40gr JHP. Last I bought were $60/1,000! They’re at or better than 1.5MOA over 12.5 gr of Lil’Gun at 3,000fps.
With 3/4 of a century of blather written about l/a and .22Hornet accuracy in b/a rifles, I find the .218Bee in the Marlin to make them all liars..... (not in a mean way...). I took possession of mine on a Thursday. On Saturday morning, opening day of deer season, I dropped three does with three shots using the Armscor bullets. Over the 13.2gr load of Lil’Gun, they get 3,100fps! (12.5 more accurate, though).

my rifle though nearly 30yrs old, had not been shot enough to break-in the barrel. After +/-200rds, my accuracy noticeably improved.
 
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