22-250 Load Help

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by 340ORHNTR, Feb 17, 2010.

  1. 340ORHNTR

    340ORHNTR Active Member

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    I am looking for a starting point for a 22-250 load. I will be using either 50 or 55 grain Nosler BT, or Sierras. I have loaded some 204 in the past and benchmark worked well. What powders have worked well. Thanks.
     
  2. ROBSTER

    ROBSTER Well-Known Member

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    My best accuracy load was 50 grain horn. with h 380 and hodgdon reccomends starting at 33.5 and max at 36.0 @ 3900 with a 50 grain for benchmark.
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  3. outofayr

    outofayr Well-Known Member

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    My best load was 55gr Horn VMAX with 35 gr IMR4064. About the same w/ Varget. H380 is another good choice in this case.

    My go-to load, though, is a max charge of IMR4064 under the 63 gr SMP Sierra. Bucks wind a little better on Wyoming prairie poodles, and will work fine on songdogs, too. I've had my best luck with CCI BR2 primers in this load.
     
  4. CliffM

    CliffM Well-Known Member

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    My standard load for all the rifles I've loaded for has been 37.0gr H380 for the 55gr bullets and 38.0 for the 50gr ones. I like H380 just because it meters so well and the 22-250 is one that gets loaded in larger volumes.
    Cliff
     
  5. 340ORHNTR

    340ORHNTR Active Member

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    Thanks for the replies and keep them coming. I will check out Barnes bullets. I don't have much experience with them. This load will be for varmints out to 300+.
     
  6. KDB

    KDB Well-Known Member

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    I like both H4895 and IMR4007SCC in my 22-250. Go to their website for charge info...to be used as a general reference and starting points.
     
  7. roninflag

    roninflag Well-Known Member

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    35.5 benchmark and 50 baltip awesome in the 3 22-250 i have shot it in
     
  8. ProfessorM

    ProfessorM Well-Known Member

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    My gun likes H380 with 50 grain V-Maxes. 37-37.5 grains. I tried Nosler 50 grain ballistic tips with Varget and H380, but I couldn't get them to do as good as the Hornady's. Varget seems to be very popular for the 22-250 with a lot of people.
     
  9. 7 loader

    7 loader Well-Known Member

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    My best load so far is the nosler 50 gr bt with 35 gr varget and a cci 200 primer. Shoots holes touching 3 shot groups at 100 yds.
     
  10. bozo699

    bozo699 Active Member

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    I will agree h-380 shoots well in most 22-250s and it meters well and for spring ground-hogging I use it alot however cases full of 380 in hotter weather can cause presure problems,you won't have that problem w/varget or IMR 4895 34 or 35 grains of either w/50gr vmax you can't go wrong.Also IMR 4350 is abundent and cheap,not usually thought of for 250s although I have a #70 that w/39gr of 4350 and 50gr nosler bts one ragged hole all day long.Good Luck:)
     
  11. DANNY-L

    DANNY-L Well-Known Member

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    my best is 50gr.nosler bal.tip,35.8gr. imr4064,cci200 col of 2.350 from rem 700
     
  12. Kevin Thomas

    Kevin Thomas Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys,

    Haven't seen it mentioned yet, so I'll risk boring you with a little history here. The 22-250 was actually where H-380 got it's name. It was one of the original USGI surplus powders that Bruce Hodgdon started the company with. He found that 38.0 grains under a 52-53 grain bullet was THE load for his (then wildcat) 22-250 varminter. When he bottled the stuff and started selling it, it suddenly became H-380 in reference to that load.

    (and yes, use the current data for this combination, despite the history here!)

    Kevin Thomas
    Lapua USA
     
  13. MaverickMa

    MaverickMa Active Member

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    That is exactly where H380 came from the 22-250. 38g with 55g H-vmax or same bullet with 36.1g of Varget...
     
  14. Natty Bumpo

    Natty Bumpo Well-Known Member

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    I have a 2003 Savage 12 in .22-250 Rem. I've used Nosler's ballistic tips and Sierra's Blitzes and hollow points in the 50-55 grain range, as well as other bullets. They all shoot well, but my rifle seems to prefer the 50gr Hornday V-Max.

    I haven't found it to be a very fussy rifle. H380, Varget, IMR4064 all shoot well. I would add that 39.0 grains of W760 was my go to load for a long time. More recently I've switched to Ramshot's Big Game. Gives me more consistent velocities and I'm hoping it's more consistent across temperatures.