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22-250 to 600 yards max, does anyone do it?

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Unread 02-22-2014, 12:39 AM
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Re: 22-250 to 600 yards max, does anyone do it?

My rifle also has a 14 twist barrel. I've been shooting 52 gr Amax's at a little over 3800 fps, and 52 gr JLK Low Drag bullets at just over 3600. The rifle, a Cooper, shoots both bullets in the .4 MOA range. As has been mentioned, accuracy is great, but even a slight breeze out around 5 and 600 yards blow the bullets all over the place. My furthest shot has been a prairie dog at 683 yards.
I have the barrel about shot out, and will rebarrel with a 7 or 8 twist to shoot the 80-90 gr bullets. Most of my PD shooting is not so much high volume as it is long distance.
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    Re: 22-250 to 600 yards max, does anyone do it?

    I used the Berger twist calculator for my Hornady 53 gr v- max it says unstable @.74 but it also says the 50 gr v- max would be unstable too @.84. Marginal stability starts at 1.0 with optimal being 1.4. Another more comprehensive calculator gives me 1.1 for my 53's. I figure if it shoots a- maxs alright it should be ok.
    683 yards on a Pd is some pretty fine shooting. My barrel is probably just over a 1000 so not worth a rebarrel yet. I really want to get to the range and try them
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    Re: 22-250 to 600 yards max, does anyone do it?

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    I used the Berger twist calculator for my Hornady 53 gr v- max it says unstable @.74 but it also says the 50 gr v- max would be unstable too @.84. Marginal stability starts at 1.0 with optimal being 1.4. Another more comprehensive calculator gives me 1.1 for my 53's. I figure if it shoots a- maxs alright it should be ok.
    683 yards on a Pd is some pretty fine shooting. My barrel is probably just over a 1000 so not worth a rebarrel yet. I really want to get to the range and try them
    Keep in mind that the Berger calculator is at its best with conventional jacketed hollow points. JBM Ballistics has a twist calculator that takes into account the plastic tips, which can have a big effect on the required theoretical twist. Their calculator can be found here:

    JBM - Calculations - Stability

    One other thing to consider is that there is a sizeable difference in length between the 52 grain AMAX and the 53 grain VMAX. The AMAX is very close in dimensions to the 50 grain VMAX. The 53 VMAX has a very aggressive nose, using the same profile as the nose on the 75 grain AMAX. It is longer, overall, than the 55 grain VMAX.
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    Re: 22-250 to 600 yards max, does anyone do it?

    I was down in eastern Utah today shooting PD's. I got 3 between 523 and 532 yards while the breeze was still light at 2-3 mph. Once it got up around 8-10, any hits at those ranges would involve too much luck so I switched to a different rifle.
    This one was at 532 yds.
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    Re: 22-250 to 600 yards max, does anyone do it?

    I'm thinking I'm going to need a bigger caliber like a 243/260 or similar. The wife won't like that at all. Might have to sell some guns to get some guns. I was toying with the idea of a DTA SRS and just have to swap barrels, but they are pretty heavy for normal hunting and expensive, but I do like the concept. Looks like I'm going to have to do some figuring out
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    Re: 22-250 to 600 yards max, does anyone do it?

    I run the 53 vmax out of a savage model 12 with a 12 twist. Im getting 3680fps with 37.0gr of IMR 4064. Shoots in the .2s - .3s at 100 yards and holds half moa or better on calm days out to 600.
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    Re: 22-250 to 600 yards max, does anyone do it?

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    I run the 53 vmax out of a savage model 12 with a 12 twist. Im getting 3680fps with 37.0gr of IMR 4064. Shoots in the .2s - .3s at 100 yards and holds half moa or better on calm days out to 600.
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