Originally Posted by velvethunter
Savage offers a 12 twist and a 9. Seems like the 12 would give me more bullet options than a standard 14. But it also seems a 9 would stabilize anything so why not just go with that. However common sense tells me if there were no disadvantages to the 9, everyone would just get that.
Would a 9 "overspin" standard factory loaded offerings?
Are there even factory loads available to make a 9 twist worth bothering with?
Does a faster twist reduce barrel life?
Other things I haven't considered?
Depends....The 9 should spin almost everything, but for the Berger 90 VLD's they recommend a 8-twist. I think the 9 might be ok out to 500 or so, maybe further.
If you were shooting an 9 twist with light bullets I wouldn't use anything lead with a short jacket on it... I'd use a HPBT bullet with a full jacket on it. But with a 9 twist, I would shoot 77gr and up.
I don't know of any factory offerings that offer bullets heavier than about 55gr for the .22-250. To take advantage of the heavies and the 9 twist barrel you'll have to handload.
90gr VLD's in a .22-250 would be a nasty SA whitetail rifle.
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