How do I corn meal 22-250 to AI

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  1. Iron Worker

    Iron Worker Well-Known Member

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    I don't want to use up Barrel life on my 22-250AI in fireforming. So what do I do to use this corn meal method?
     
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  3. Iron Worker

    Iron Worker Well-Known Member

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    How much ?

    How much unique powder do I use?
     
  4. Tyler Kemp

    Tyler Kemp SPONSOR

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    Start at 10% of a full case, you can work up well above that in .5 grain increments.
     
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  6. Iron Worker

    Iron Worker Well-Known Member

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    Magnum primer

    Would that help any?
     
  7. marchboom

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    I had Bullberry make me a .22-250 AI bull barrel a few years ago for my Encore and I dreaded the thought of having to spend $$$ and countless hours fireforming. So I just loaded them up with a "10% under max" load and went to the range. The groups came in at 3/8" at 100 yds. Consistantly. So this was my starting load for my first hunt with this caliber.

    Just try a few regular loads and see what size groups you get. Might be good enough for hunting.
     
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    When I had my -250 rechambered to AI the chamber was cut to crush fit standard 22-250 rounds (I think how Akley intended it). With that I just chambered a standard 22-250 round, pulled the trigger, and viola, a 22-250AI case was ejected. Got some pretty good groups from those loads too...and a coyote, and a bunch of gophers...

    That's why I like the AI chambering if you want a wildcat, fireforming is easy and you can save the cream-of-wheat for breakfast, cornmeal for fish and fast powders for pistols.
     
  10. bradtothebone

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    or use hornadys hydroforming dies

    I hydro form my brass, prime with spent primer, fill with water, place in press, hit with hammer 3 times, tip water out, deprime, and there you have AI formed brass, no COW no firing....
     
  11. mjbine

    mjbine Active Member

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    Where do you get the hydro forming dies? I could not find them on their web site. Can you provide a link?

    Thanks

    Mike
     
  12. bradtothebone

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    you just phone

    Hornady, talk to Lonnie Hummel, if he is back from his operation.... Im sure if he isnt there somebody can hook you up..... You send in 3 fired cases and 3 unfired cases and they make it custom for you...... I have a set in .22-250AI and have a set of .338 Lapua AI coming......


    I used to COW, and there is NOT A HOPE I would bother again. Hydroforming all the way........gun)
     
  13. long ranger

    long ranger Well-Known Member

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    I have ben COW forming cases for many years with no problems.
    Something I learned recently is make bloody sure your cornmeal is perfectly DRY and do not point the barrel straight down.
    I was fireforming some brass in the shop and had, as near as we can tell after the fact, the cornmeal plug the bore when pointed straight down to fire the cartridge.
    I now and will forever have small bits of an MRC action in my thigh
    Hydoform dies are on order now, and yes I do limp slightly now.
     
  14. Iron Worker

    Iron Worker Well-Known Member

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    Mrc Action ?

    What you mean the gun blew up? MRC what is that?