Thought we should start our own thread instead of high jacking someone else s!
I have not played with the 218 Bee in 20+ years. Good cartridge. I re-barreled a small Martini 1-14 twist.
My notebook on loads for the Bee is lost, but do have a few in old loading manual.
Cast bullet Lyman 225415
2grs Bullseye 1200 fps 4.5 grs 1800 fps The 2gr load has more killing power than a 22 long rifle.
3.7grs Unique 1450 fps 5.7 grs 1960 fps About 4grs was accurate.
2.8 grs 700x 1310 fps 4.7 grs 1805 fps Never tried 700X
I don't have notes on Jacketed, but the Lyman manual #39
I used the loads listed.
Did not like how 2400 acted. Used 4227 and 4198.
I liked the 4198 as you could fill the case to the top and seat a 40 - 55 gr bullet.
I used the 45gr and 50 gr with 13.5 grs of 4198. That was the starting load and top load
listed in the manual. 45gr 3050 fps and 3050 fps 50 gr 2750 fps and 2750 fps
45 gr listed 12 gr starting and 12.8 gr max 2553 fps and 2780 fps
50gr listed 12 gr starting and 12.4 gr max 2600 fps and 2700 fps
I think that 1680 or 8208 might work well. You could load enough 1680 to get high pressure.
I doubt if you could get too much 8208 in a case, but it would be easier than 4198 to load.
I use 8208 in the Hornet with a 63 gr bullet 1948 fps slow, but accurate.