I finally shot out my factory 22-250 barrel on a Win. 70. I am having a local gunsmith order a Krieger #3 contour 1/14 twist 24" long. I carry this gun alot for calling coyotes. Most shots are within 200 yds. with the 300 to 400 yd. hang up once in a while. My gunsmith and I were talking about what twist, he asked me what grain of bullets i plan on shooting. I said I would stay with 55 grain Vmax bullets. He recomended 14 twist. I do practice out to 400 yds. I have read alot about guys going with faster twist to shoot 75 grain bullets or larger at longer ranges. For my use I think the 55's work just fine. Dead Is dead right? Out to 300 to 350 yards the 55, should be a little flater shooting. I understand I would get my but kicked with this rifle shooting 600 yards and up against a rifle with a 1/8 twist shooting 75 or 80 grain bullets, but I really don't plan on shooting that far with this rifle. I have other guns for longer range. One more thought. What kind of fps. differance are any of you seeing between 22" vs 24"? The length of a 24" doesn't seem unhandy to me but if there isn't much to be gained with 24" I would have him cut it down. I would like to hear other opinions on barrel contour, twist, length etc.