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Unread 12-19-2011, 10:38 PM
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Re: Shooting a 22-250 long range

Find any bullet/load combination you can consistently shoot sub 3/4 MOA with out to 200yds and you can do fine out to 800.

The problem is that with such a light bullet wind will always be a limiting factor on how effective and accurate you can be with it beyond 400yds.
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Unread 12-20-2011, 04:24 AM
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Re: Shooting a 22-250 long range

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What can make a 22-250 shoot 800+ yards accurate and effective? would a 1 in 10 twist be fast enough for that far?
It really depends on the wind conditions you plan on seeing, and also the game you intend on hunting/shooting to define effective.

A 10 twist is known to stabilize 60 grn bullets really well, and you might get lucky with 69's. A 9 twist would be better and virtually gaurantees that you could shoot the 69's and possibly even the 75's. An 8 twist will easily shoot the 75's to 80grn bullets, which will give you the best wind bucking ability and downrange energy, I've even shot 60's with good accuracy at 200 yds with an 8 twist AR.....................therefore, 8 or 9 twist would be my recomendation.

I've shot prarie dogs out to 700 yds and coyotes out to about 550 yds on low wind days with 55's out of 14 and 12 twist barrels, and got 1/2 minute groups at those distances on calm days; but if I was after coyotes at 700 yds I'd personally want to be shooting the 60 to 75 grn offerings and using an 8 or 9 twist.

If it's windy, I prefer the 6mm cartridges for coyotes and LR prarie dogs; and now days,with wolves coming into the picture; I'll probably use the 6mm's for most of my coyote calling/hunting from now on (just in case I see wolfy). The 223's, 22-250 and 22-250 AI will most likely be used just for prarie dogs from here on out.
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Unread 12-20-2011, 09:24 AM
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Re: Shooting a 22-250 long range

1-8", some 75or 80Amaxs, or 90gn Berger VLDs.
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Unread 12-20-2011, 11:56 PM
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Re: Shooting a 22-250 long range

Out shoot prairie dogs in eastern Utah today. Longest shot 525 yards. Numerous kills in the 400's. Breeze was not to strong, or too shifty, but enough to be challenging. Good day shooting, but most of my prairie dogging is beyond 300 yards and I could sure use higher BC bullets to deal with the breeze. And that is all I could complain about today.
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Unread 12-21-2011, 06:11 AM
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Re: Shooting a 22-250 long range

I heard some fellows talking at a 1000yrd match one day, they were talking to a guy that was using a 20-250AI with an 8 twist and someone was making 63grn vlds for him, everyone asked him how it done so good in the wind, he said "its like shooting a needle at 3300fps the wind doesn't bother it much", with that said a 22-250 or 22-250AI with an 8 twist shooting 80grn amaxs or bergers at close to 3200 or the 88grn berger match (not vld) at 3100fps can be very effective on prarie dogs at 1000yrds or yotes to 700, and it will be a pleasure to shoot, I would go for the improved version though, not for the little gain in velocity, but for the fact that 22-250 are notorious for stretching cases.
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