Actually it might. If memory serves, the original .22 Savage High Power had a factory 70 gr. bullet loaded, though it did not have phenomenal accuracy. The .22 Savage was originally chambered in the Model 99 lever action and had a 1:12" twist rate, if memory serves, same as most .22 Hornet T/C barrels.
If you go the High Power route, I, for one, would like to know how it turns out. You might also consider the .222 Remington Magnum, though I don't think it would be any better at stabilizing 70 gr. bullets (function of barrel twist rate verses bullet length and bearing surface). Or you could rechamber it to .222, .223, .223 AI, or several other things, but none will give you any better chance of stabilizing bullets much over 55 grs.
my bro. in law has a contender in .222 and .223 they both have remarkable accuracy at 200 yds. shoot a 1 3/4 inch group at that distance really nice he just killed a 507 pund sow at about 60 yds. with the 222 really nice
Tommy, you are right. The .22 Savage uses either .227" or .228" bullets. Finding factory brass will be tough, but it can be formed from other cases (.30-30, for one, if memory serves). When you do this, the neck will often get a little thick for .228" bullets, but will hold .224" bullets with better tension. .22 Hornet uses .223" or .224" bullets (almost all post 1950 guns are .224").
Even if a guy wanted to use .227" or .228" bullets, it could be done in a .224" bore, though you would have to work up loads slowly and watch for pressure signs. The bullet would swage down to the size of the bore and seal off tighter than a bullet of optimum diameter (.224" in this case).
Don't believe me? One day I was at the range and a guy (accidentally) fired a .308 Win. round through his .270 Win. It blew the shoulder of the case completely out, cratered the primer, and split the neck, but the bullet hit paper. The POI was close to the POA, too. I don't advise that you try this, but the difference here is much greater than the difference between a .224" and .228" bullet (.004" vs. .038").
A forum community dedicated to the great outdoors and hunting enthusiasts. Come join the discussion about hunting, fishing, survival, archery gunsmithing, optics, reviews, accessories, classifieds, and more!