22-250 questions, New to the Caliber...

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  1. Whiskey4

    Whiskey4 Gold $$ Contributor

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    So i bought a 22-250 Rem 700 custom. 26" fluted barrel with brake 1-12 twist... I have little to no experience with this caliber so please be patient with me...

    I bought this as a Coyote,Fox,Groundhog gun... Unfortunatley i wont be hunting alot till i retire but am trying to get setup before i do...I had a young man, (91 years young) gift me 12 boxes of white box winchester 45 grain SP ammo That he said his gun wouldnt shoot.. He has 1-9 twist ..

    My Question, With my 12 twist my gun should shoot from 40-55 grain, Correct ??? I dont have the ability right now to get out an shoot so hence my question....If my gun will not shoot it i want to return the ammo to him and he can gift it to another soul that could use it...

    Thanks,,Harley
     
  2. Yote Hunter

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    Absolutely. Good all the way up to 60gr Bullets.
     
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  3. Lou Tenant

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    Your gun won't have a problem shooting those bullets. I have a 1-12 and I have shot them . You gun might shoot heavier bullets as well . I have shot 60 grain in mine with accurate results. They may not be as accurate as your rifle is capable of.
    Go out and get some trigger time and have fun . Then you'll have some brass to reload.
     
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  4. Whiskey4

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    Thanks for the input guys... I do appreciate your time....
     
  5. long40shot

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    You will be good to go with the 45s. After you shoot them up, you'll have a nice pile of brass to reload. Then the fun of tying out new bullets begins!
     
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    I'm not sure of the caliber but when I was shooting my new to me SavModel 12 BVSS, it seems there was some white box that was muy caliente. Be sure to have your shootin' glasses on. This was 10+ yrs back.
    Like he said, when the weather gets good, go out and burn some powder.
    Maybe zero at around 200-250. I find it easier to judge the shorter distances and hold under and let my "long" zero help at the outer limits.
    Those Hor 53gr Amps have a great BC, or so they say. I'll be verifying that number this Spring. Above all, have fun first.
     
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  7. pacificman

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    I think the 22-250 is one of the best rounds ever. You won't regret owning and shooting the 22-250. With your twist rate
    you should be able to shoot the 53 grain Hornady v-max which is a great varmint round and has a higher BC. for your longer
    range shooting. I will always own a 22-250 as it has always been an accurate performer. :)
     
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  8. 284winner

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    53 V max. Make it your first bullet.
     
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  9. Sniper338

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    Ive had a lot of 22-250 time, several barrels, and lots of load time on them.

    Ill say this, and I stick to it...

    14 twist - 45-55gr bullets.

    12 twist - 60-65gr bullets.

    Ive tested it, it holds true for me trying to squeeze the best accuracy out I can.

    reloader 15 can be a hell of a powder for the right gun too.
     
  10. 284winner

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    Good advice to follow. If I can add this. I believe the 9 twist barrels are about the best all around barrel for the .224 caliber guns if you had only one barrel to decide on. It stabilizes the 69s easily even in a 223. It also shoots the 40s fine. The only caution would be the speed of the 40-50s and the jacket integrity. I've personally never had an issue with jacket failure from shooting a 40 grain bullet in a 9 twist 22-250 but it happens. I get excellent accuracy from 40-80 grain bullets in a 9 twist 22-250.
     
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  11. rkittine

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    My Remington 700 VLS (current production) in .22-250 has a 1:14 twist and likes the 45 to 55 grainers.

    Bob
     
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    My current barrel likes the 40s, 50s, and shoots the 55 gameking a little better than the 55 v-max.
     
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  14. jimmymac

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    Hard to beat those 40 grain V-max bullets too.
     
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    I wil try some of those 63s. Thanks
     
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    No problem. I bought one box to try out. Once I shot them, I went back to my gunshop and bought 5 more boxes. They shoot small out of my 14 twist.
     
  17. Bigguy1951

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    You should have no problem shooting the 69gr SMK in the 12 twist barrel. I did till my barrel wore out and I got an 8 twist to replace it. My shooting buddy is shooting 69's out of his 12 twist now and it is shooting great.
     
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    What elevation are you shooting those 69s at ? I've heard others say that their 12 twist will shoot them also but they were at 4000+ elevation. All guns are not equal and identical guns can shoot very differently with the same weight bullet.
     
  19. Bigguy1951

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    4500 ft. But I have read of many others at many locations that have had success with the 69. Don't be afraid to try it.
     
  20. benchracer

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    My 12 twist 22-250 shoots 69 SMK's accurately @ 3615 from a 26" barrel. I did my initial load development at roughly 1000 ft asl and 70 degree temps. Sierra 69 TMK's and Hornady 68 BTHP's would not stabilize.

    To the OP, go ahead and shoot up the Winchester White Box rounds you were given. As others have said, you will have some pretty good brass for reloading after you are done.

    IMO, the 53 VMAX is without peer among .224 varmint bullets. Load them atop RL-17 or IMR8208 for speed AND accuracy.
     

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