what's the best powder for 22-250

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  1. ig25

    ig25 Well-Known Member

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    i use 335 / vardet in my 223,243 and retumbo in the 300rum but i have never owned a 22-250.
    the is 1x14 twist so I can shoot the barrel burners 36/40's.
    what powder works best. was looking at imr 8208 xbr. i will be using this to shot all small critters.
    thanks for the help
     
  2. green 788

    green 788 Well-Known Member

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    Varget or IMR 4064... can't be beat. :)
    ...dissenting opinions must be accompanied with better target photos. :D

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  3. ig25

    ig25 Well-Known Member

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    now that is saying something. nice groups. wow.
     
  4. str8shoot

    str8shoot Well-Known Member

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    I have used varget with good results, but H-380 is my preferred powder for the 22-250. I shoot mostly 52 grain A-max in mine with 38.5 grains of h-380. This is a mild 1/2 moa load at about 3600fps in my rifle. I think I can load up to 41 grains if I really want to get them going but, I figure barrel life is better with 38.5. Varget is more temperature stable, but h-380 is a little more accurate and much easier to measure, particularly if you are loading up a lot of rounds for a prairie dog shoot.
     
  5. backwoods83

    backwoods83 Well-Known Member

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    I agree with a lot of the above but if you want to shoot 36grn VGs and 40grn NBTs, varget, 4064, and 380 are to slow imo. Also light bullets aren't barre burners, actually the opposite. I'm not a big Alliant fan but you can't beat RE10x using 36 and 40grn pills, it gives turbocharged velocities and bughole accuracy. I could hit 4330 with 36grns of 10x under a 40grn NBT, but I settled at 35.5 for that load at 4245, and 4030 from a friends 19" barreled sako.
     
  6. lloydsmale

    lloydsmale Well-Known Member

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    h380 was the powder designed just for the 22250 and does a great job. Benchmark and varget work well as do 335, 748 and blc2. But if push came to shove and i could only have one it would be 380
     
  7. backwoods83

    backwoods83 Well-Known Member

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    Yes H380 was given its name by the owner of hodgdon when the 22-250 was a wildcat because he could load 38.0grns of it under a 55grn sp and put 3 shots practically in one hole, so he called it 380, but its about the same burn rate as RE15 which is slow for light bullets, and its dirty. If you want two good powders by hodgdon that fit the best for your app then IMR3031 and benchmark fit the best. If you step up to 50-60grainers then Imr4064, varget, and H4895 fit the bill.
     
  8. ig25

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    first time out with my first remington m700 varmit 26". been a savage guy for 10yrs.
    mounted at nikon Ti 5.5x 15.5 scope on it.
    1 shot clean,3 shots clean,5 shots sighting in and clean.
    9th,10th,11th shots where at 200yrds in slow rain
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    cheap winchester ammo 45grain Jhp's
    not bad IMO. would have shoot more but rain got heavy
     
  9. ProfessorM

    ProfessorM Well-Known Member

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    I load for two 22-250's. One a Remington, the other a Savage. I have tried H380, RL 15, IMR 4064, and Varget. They all worked really well. My best load in the Remington was with 4064 and a 52 gr. Amax and the Savage shoots best with RL 15 and 50 grain Nosler's. Sorry, but no pics!
     
  10. Freebore

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    ig25,

    Have to agree with Green 788. IMR -4064 with Nosler 55 gr Bal-tips Win LR primers. In my Ruger #1 they run 3600 and shoot well under inch at 200. Neat thing is I ran out 4064 once and tried IMR-4895 had to drop it a grain lower and it shot the same. I've shot PD's out to 500 with this load. Have shot the 52 match but I don't have powder info in front of me, fishing in Fla.

    I haven't tried Varget but it may shoot just as well. Why fix it if it ain't broke.!

    my fav .22 cal is 220 swift same bullet just alot faster w/N-160

    I shoot the 40 Bal-tips in 22 Hornet w/Lil-Gun
     
  11. 7stw

    7stw Well-Known Member

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    For the longest time, I used good old 4895 and Sierra 52smk. Then I switched to target, and was getting fantastic accuracy. Then 8208 came out, and I tried it when I was making some loads for my .308. That one loves it too. Since then, I have used 35.2- 8208-55 Berger varmint match. Most of the time, it is one hole groups at 100, and in the 2's at 200. So for now, it is 8208 xbr.

    AIM SMALL! MISS SMALL. :D. 7STW.
     
  12. deadeye25-06

    deadeye25-06 Active Member

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    34.0 g Varget and Nosler or Hrdy SST bullet @ 55 gr..........shooting a 788 Remington had several groups on different days where 3 shot group touching each other @ 300 yrds
     
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  13. Gene

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    I have owned many .22-250's. Right now, I have a 700 Varmnit that is real contrary. I have tried all those powders mentiond above, nothing shot well. I have pretty much settled on AA2700, a medium burn single base powder, under a 53 gr. Sierra BT match bullet with CCI 200 primer. Groups hover right around .5" at 100 yds.

    I just started using AA2700 in my .25-06 and 75 and 85 gr. bullets. Jury is still out on that one.
     
  14. Trickymissfit

    Trickymissfit Well-Known Member

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    never owned a 1:14 twist 22-250, so I can only speculate on powders and bullet weights. Your gonna want a bullet that has a B/C under .25, and better off under .24. In the 50 grain to 55 grain bullet range, I like IMR 3031. H335 and even H380 works well in that case. Interestingly, I never could get any of my 22-250s to shoot 748 or 760 very well, and day in and day out I always seem to come back to 3031
    gary