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Old 05-04-2012, 09:44 AM
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Optimal 22-250 setup

Being an Ohio boy I wanted to direct this line of questioning to you guys out west where the shots run a bit longer and the wind is more of a factor or more importantly the guys whov'e been shooting the 250's for a long time and have tons of trigger time with this cartridge. Maybe I didnt search enough so forgive me as this question is most likely already been beatn to death around here.

Ive got a new 1:12 turn savage mod 12 and have been shooting ragged one hole groups @ 100yds (when I hunker down and do my part) using Nosler 55gn bal tip with 35.5 gns of IMR 4320. I've also loaded IMR 4320 with the Sierra blitzking in 55 gn but it didnt shoot as well, im thinking a hotter charge may tighten that group up a little more since its got a better bc over the nosler.

I'd really like to shoot a longer, better BC bullet so the 60-68 gn bullets keep calling my name. However I realize that I'm right on the edge of going to a 1:9 twist when talking about shooting the 60 -65 grainers . Soooo...

Using the 22-250 what gn of bullet do you feel really optimizes the 250's case capacity as far as retaining longer range velocity and minimizing wind drift? Now that I have access to 600 yd shots and beyond Im curious to hear what you guys have to say.

Should I stick with the 55 grainers or should I progress to "60+grain land"
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Old 05-04-2012, 01:51 PM
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Re: Optimal 22-250 setup

I'd love to get some guys that have experience with the heavier bullets to chime in too, since I'm thinking about getting a fast twist 250.

I currently shoot a 1-14 twist Remington 700 VLS 22-250 that after my prairie dog hunt in a few weeks will surpass the 5k round count and probably go into retirement until I can afford a new barrel.

I've shot almost all 5k rounds with the Nosler 55 BT and hits out to 400 yards have not been a problem on sod poodles. After 400 I don't seem to have an issue with the wind near as much as with my vertical dispersion. I've been able to ring steel plates (10"x18") at 600 every time, and playing with the wind only took one or two shooting sessions to see how it affected the bullet at that distance. My groups on the 600 yard plate were in the 6-8 inch range but for the life of me I can't seem to connect on a Pdog much past 450 because I always shoot under/over them.
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Old 05-04-2012, 02:17 PM
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Re: Optimal 22-250 setup

Hunter , you might want to consider the new Vmax 53 Grain Bullet . I think it would give the optimal long range Ballistics . The BC is higher than EITHER the 55 or 60 Grain Vmax ! I will be trying these this Summer in my Fast Twist Swift which for some strange reason shoots smaller Groups with 40 Gr. Vmaxes . I'm not sure what Twist Hornady suggests for the 53 Vmax .
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Old 05-04-2012, 03:06 PM
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Re: Optimal 22-250 setup

I am running a 1 in 8 twist 22-250 H.S. Precision HTR. Right now I am using 69gr. Sierra's for 300 yard prone reduced target match's. I just started using the fast twist this year, I previously ran with 14 twist. To make a long story short, I shot a 200 16x for my second string in lousy conditions, rainy and windy.

I have shot this match many times before using the 14 twist, and when conditions were bad I was dropping points. I will go to 80 grainers when I reach out to 600 and beyond. I still have to try out the 80 grainers but I'm confident they will work just fine.

Here is the load I'm running currently:
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Old 05-04-2012, 03:44 PM
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Re: Optimal 22-250 setup

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Hunter , you might want to consider the new Vmax 53 Grain Bullet . I think it would give the optimal long range Ballistics . The BC is higher than EITHER the 55 or 60 Grain Vmax ! I will be trying these this Summer in my Fast Twist Swift which for some strange reason shoots smaller Groups with 40 Gr. Vmaxes . I'm not sure what Twist Hornady suggests for the 53 Vmax .
Yeah I almost walked out with a box of those today..I think the box said use 1:14 twist on them however. so I passed and got the 60 gn vmax flatback. We'll see how those group. Id be interested to see and hear about the folks that used those 53 grainers..
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Old 05-04-2012, 07:26 PM
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Re: Optimal 22-250 setup

shoot a 7 rem mag and it will take care of everything u ever wanted to do on whistlepigs.
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Old 05-04-2012, 07:57 PM
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Re: Optimal 22-250 setup

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shoot a 7 rem mag and it will take care of everything u ever wanted to do on whistlepigs.

Uhhhhh no, using that thinking why stop there?.. why not shoot a 50 bmg?....
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