Favorite loads for 22-250?

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I am reloading my 22-250 which I want to use as a starter for the grandkids. I was wondering what loads are proving the most accurate. The cases I have now were loaded in 1979 with 35gr. of IMR4895 behind a 53gr. Sierra M-HP and Rem. 9 1/2 primers. Accuracy is "ground hog good at 660 yards" meaning I didn't keep records back then but varmits didn't stand a chance. Any suggestions will be appreciated. Also thinking about 55 grainers and possibly newer powders like Varget or H380. Your thoughts?
 

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Re: Favorite loads for 22-250?

Win brass
CCI 250 primers
34.6 of Varget
55 Vmax .020-.040 off the lands
27" 1-12" Brux barrel gives 3620 fps

I have used this load for well over 3500 rounds and two barrels and several thousand prairie dogs will say its deadly.....that is if they were still in one piece.
 

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Re: Favorite loads for 22-250?

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Varmint Slayer</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Win brass
CCI 250 primers
34.6 of Varget
55 Vmax .020-.040 off the lands
27 inch barrel gives 3620 fps

I have used this load for well over 3500 rounds and two barrels and several thousand prairie dogs will say its deadly.....that is if they were still in one piece. </div></div>

Pretty close to mine minus the primers and 34.5g

Many a prairie dog at 400+ yards and numerous yotes have had a dramatic increase in the amount of lead in their diets.
 

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Re: Favorite loads for 22-250?

Shooting from a Sav., 1 in 12 twist,SS, varmint contour barrel.
Winchester Brass
Sierra Blitzking 50gr.
Hornady V-Max 53gr.
Berger 50 gr.
.015-.020 from a "firm jam" (using the Stoney Point Tool)
Federal Match Primer
36.0gr. H380
Excellent load, capable of .5 moa accuracy.
Usual disclaimers apply.
 

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Re: Favorite loads for 22-250?

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: coues7</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Gonna have to try that one. Any thoughts on using CCI 200 since thats what I have?</div></div>

200's will do just fine. I have used them before with that load and there wasn't any notable difference. Still tore prairie dogs in half so worked for me.
 

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Re: Favorite loads for 22-250?

I would simply switch to the appropriate charge of a temp stable powder and attempt to retain the rest. Varget would be my first choice.
 

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52gr MatchKing and 36.0gr Varget loaded to Sierra book OAL. <span style="font-style: italic"><span style="color: #990000">Hot load</span></span>; accurate and devastating out to about 450yd, my longest shot so far. Left nothing above the bottom of the 'Chuck's brain pan.

Greg
 

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Re: Favorite loads for 22-250?

Lapua Brass
34.0gr Varget
Fed 210 primer
Nosler ballistic tip 55gr
0.010" off lands

Shoots in the .3 to .4 range out of my savage model 10 predator

Same load in winchester brass but with 35.0 grains of varget works well too.
 

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Re: Favorite loads for 22-250?

Win. Brass
WLR primers
50gr Bal Tips with 37.5gr Varget or
55gr Bal Tips with 35gr. Varget

The 50 grainers shoot a little tighter in my rifle. They average .3"-.4 @100 and the 55 grainers average around .5-.6" @100. I've tried several different powders and Varget has been the most accurate in several different rifles with several different bullets.
 

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Re: Favorite loads for 22-250?

win brass
55 s game king
cci primer
H380
38.5 grains compressed load. I have yet to find a gun that did not like this. Kinda of weird. Not hot, but really accurate, out of the 4-5 things I run it out of.
 

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Re: Favorite loads for 22-250?

Thanks everyone, I picked up 1 lb. of Varget and 1 lb. of H380. Those teamed with 53 and 55 grainers should get me something my rifle likes. It was actually accurate before but I'd love to see the kids eventually get a one-hole group! Heck, who am I kidding, I'd like to get a one-hole group! Thanks again!
 

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Re: Favorite loads for 22-250?

my 22-250 loves H380. my cuurent load is 37.8gr 5000th off lands; that has consistantly given me 1 hole or near 1 hole 5 shot groups at 100 yrds And was consistantly picking off prarrie poodles at 6-650yrd two weeks ago. Work around that 38 grain will give you very happy results
 

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Re: Favorite loads for 22-250?

Most consistent loads have come from IMR 3031 with mine.

However, 34 grains varget, win primer, 1/2 groups, 55 sierra match bullets.
 

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Re: Favorite loads for 22-250?

Norma Brass
CCI BR-2
Berger 52 gr
38.0 grains of H380

This combo is extremely accurate for me and deadly on varmints. Consistently shoots in the .3s with my Cooper.
 

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Re: Favorite loads for 22-250?

SMK 52 gr
38.0 gr H380
Primer- just about any standard

Bruce Hodgdon developed this powder for his 22-250, or so the story goes. I bump it to 40.0 gr and get excellent velocity and accuracy.

double check before you load!