22-250 AI 1x8 twist load data needed

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by Veritas, Jun 7, 2008.

  1. Veritas

    Veritas Active Member

    May 15, 2008
    I had a 22x250 1x8 twist done up a few years ago and never shot it. Simison built finished 29" lilja in a McMillan Hunter class stock. I want to work up a load for this but need some help on the loads. Early fall I like to use it for Pdogs at 500 plus shooting.

    Don't know if I should cull winchester brass or go for the Norma?? Bullet selection there's a few choices Berger 73 gr Match BT or the 77 gr Match BT. Hornady has the A Max 75gr and the 80gr.

    It's the starting load and powder selection that I am after. Seems there's not allot of info on data once you move past the 60 grainers.
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2008
  2. Lost creek

    Lost creek Well-Known Member

    Jul 20, 2007
    For my 22-250ai 8 twist i fireform with 39grs. rl-22 and then use 42.5 grs. rl-22 with 75 and 80gr. bullets. I found the 75gr. a-max to be the best varmint bullet because it does more damage,as the 80gr. sierra and nosler just pokes a hole.

  3. Bill Gunn

    Bill Gunn New Member

    May 4, 2006
    I worked up a lot of loads with H-414, and Berger 75gr VLD's with Molly.

    I started at 35.0(2800) and went up to 44.5(3670FPS) Anything over 44gr was much to hot in my gun.
    I settled on a load of 43.5(3532fps) These loads worked great at home here where a VERY HOT day is 85*f, and they averaged right around 1/2 " very consistently.
    I connected on a woodchuck at a hair over 725yds the first day I had it out.

    My gun is a bench only gun, with a tight neck, very heavy 1/8 Hart barrel with a heavily weighted stock for a total weight of 32#. It has a Premier Reticle 6-20 Leupold.

    I trimmed, weighed, and sorted through a lot of R-P brass to get 500 good ones, but they worked out good for me.

    When I took the gun out to South Dakota for some PD's, and did some shooting at 90*f and higher it all fell apart.
    The bullets all became a gray cloud at 50 to 75 yards out, and never reached the dogs. I actually found a jacket on the ground that a small trap door opened on the side of the jacket where it rode the rifling, and ALL the lead was out of the bullet.
    I called Berger, and was told to keep the speed down closer to 3000 fps if I was going to hunt in the higher outside temps.

    I just worked up a new load with the Berger's (I tried the Hornady 75's but they won't work at all in my gun, fliers, and even keyholes, but they may be fine in your gun).

    The new load is 36.5 of H414 and they average 3117fps with 1/2 " groups.
    I'm leaving for S.D. a week from tomorrow, so in a few weeks I'll know how they work out.

    While doing some testing with 60gr Sierras and 31gr of IMR4064 @ 3050fps (used for fire forming) I got some really nice .150 to .261 groups !