Bullet Weight For 22-150

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  1. Micheal326

    Micheal326 New Member

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    Just bought a Savage Predator in 22-250. I do not reload. What manufacturers and bullet weights would shoot accurately? I believe it has a 1:12 twist. I will not shoot more than 400 yards, coyotes, hogs and vermin in general. Will mount either a ELite 4200 4x16x40 or a Monarch 4x16x42 on top.
    Thanks
     
  2. tony stark

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    i would think that a factory rifle would shoot about any factory loaded ammuniton. i mean that it should sabilize factoy ammo.
    i'm sure that it may have a preference for what it's going to shoot better that another brand, just got to shoot to find out.
    i think most of the 22-250s have a 1x14" twist, yours is a 1x12"?
     

  3. Micheal326

    Micheal326 New Member

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    Thanks.
    That is what Savage says, 1 in 12. I am going to try out a few brands and different weights. Hoping someone had some experience with the same setup.
     
  4. jamie 22/250

    jamie 22/250 Member

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    best thing you can do mate is try a number of different makes of ammo in your rifle.

    my friend had a savage 22/250 and it was a tackdriver out the box.
    he was getting 1/4 to 1/2 inch groups with it with factory ammo and it was the cheap ammo to the privi ammo !

    it took him a bit to get a a hand load to compare with it. he sold the rifle in the end as he had a custom built 243 ai done for him.

    i was close to buying it but went for the winchester stealth in the end as ive allways liked them.
     
  5. lerch

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    a factory savage will stabilize up to a 55gr BT bullet, I think flatbase bullets you can stabilize up to about the 64gr winchester load. I would recommend the Federal 55gr ballistic tip load or the similiar loading by hornady. of course you would be better off hand loading but those factory loads should shoot pretty good, i had good results with them out to 500yds

    I sell more of the Monarch scopes than the Bushnell but they are both great optics

    steve
     
  6. tony stark

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    according to the sierra's book
    the 22/250 with a 1x14 twist will do up to a 63 grain bullet.
    a 69 grain bullet would take a 1x10, the 77's and the 80's would take a 1x8.
    i would think that you're 1x12 could go heavier.

    one thing to remember is that bullet sabilization has more to do with the lenght of the bullet, rather that the wieght.

    the barnes 36 grain varmint gernade (according to barnes) takes a 1x12 and their 50 takes a 1x10.
     
  7. bowhunthard

    bowhunthard Well-Known Member

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    My savage lrpv in 22-250 likes the 52gr bullets better than anything else. Preferably flat base HPs, like the Speer #1035. Accuracy is around .14" 4-shot group (includes cold-bore shot) on a slightly breezy day). Don't know if anybody retails these, as I am a handloader only, I don't shoot factory ammo out of the 250.
     
  8. bowhunthard

    bowhunthard Well-Known Member

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    LOL! and I have the 1:12" twist 26" barrel in 22-250, if you're wondering.
     
  9. jamie 22/250

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    my friend had a savage and he said the 52grain amax had stunning groups in his savage. it took him a fair bit to get a cracking load he was happy with !

    because he said the cheap factory privi ammo would group 1/4 to 1/2 !
    which is superb:cool:
     
  10. bowhunthard

    bowhunthard Well-Known Member

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    For factory ammo, you definitely want to try the hornady v-maxes. Don't rule out the 50-grainers tho, try. Winchester super-x seemed to s**k, velocity varied so much it ran a line up and down the target (3.85" @ 100 yds) perfectly lined up tho. Winchester ballistic silvertips seem ok, and federal is usually fine, HSM from cabela's might really be something you want to try tho.

    All of my factory load expirience comes from the .222 rem, 30-06, 308, 220 swift, and someone elses 22-250 (savage sporterweight don't kno what twist).

    It all comes down to what YOUR gun likes, so don't be surprised if it shoots great with what someone else says is crappy. I would recommend Hornady first, then if you are able, try the 22-250 cartridges from Hunting shack manufacturers.
     
  11. trebark

    trebark Well-Known Member

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    Micheal:
    If I were you I would not exceed a 55grain bullet with your 12 twist barrel.

    I have a Rem700 in 223 it shoots 55grain factory hollow-points nicely. Recently while at the rifle range there was another guy there with a Rem 223. He could not get his gun on the paper at 300 yards. He saw that I was having good success and he brought his rifle and ammo over to me and asked me to give it a try (to see if the problem was him rather than his equipment). My results with his rifle and ammo were the same.

    Upon closer inspection, I found his ammo was 77grain match bullets. I tried his ammo in my rifle and got the same results - couldn't hit the paper. Tried my ammo (55grain) in his rifle and it shot fine.

    Long way to say...12 twist barrel....55grain max bullet weight.
     
  12. HOGGHEAD

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    Take a close look at the 55 grain offerings by Hornady, and Black Hills. I have found both of these mfrs. ammo to be very consistent over the years. And the Hornady V-Max bullets perform very well. These are the bulets I usually reload with. These two mfrs. are a god mix of reasonable price with quality ammo.

    My 1in8 Krieger will stabilize the 55 grain pill, and my friends Remington 1in14 wil also stabilize the 55 grain pill, so I am sure your 1in12 will stabilize the 55 grain pill. Tom.
     
  13. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    With a 1 in 12 twist use bullets in the 50, 52 and 55gr weights.

    With a 1 in 14 twist 40 to 50gr .

    If you had a 1 in 10 you could use the 55,60,65,70 and the 72gr bullets.

    J E CUSTOM
     
  14. bowhunthard

    bowhunthard Well-Known Member

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    A 1:12" is "supposed" to be able to stabilize a 64 gr bullet, but that might be pushing it.