Discussion in 'Small Stuff--22s, 20s, and 17s' started by CChastain, Dec 4, 2019.
What powder would be best for a load using 40 gr VMax in a 22/250 .
Lots of good options. I’d try our Benchmark, CFE 223, or Ramshot Tac to start. Those things will be moving!
I have no 22 250
Just reading this evening.
This as good a start as any.
Do you have any pet loads with those powders?
Call me old fashioned Dale, but I tend to avoid specific load questions due to safety/peace of mind reasons.
If anything, I would consider your tight lipped response quite PC, and not of an “old fashioned” era.
I have a 22-250 with a 15 twist barrel barrel that I used to shoot 40 grain v-max bullets in. I was using benchmark and was getting around 4200 fps with good accuracy. I don't remember the charge weight but I think it was the max listed. This was about 12 years ago. If I remember, I'll look it up when I get home and get back to you.
With the lead free law, now here in California ( state wide to save the condor) I only shoot the 35 grain NTX by Hornady in my 22-250 for any game/varmint animal.
I don't save fur, so not a bit concerned that it blows some pretty good holes, if it does exit. Powder used is CFE 223.
I would think r15, Varget, ar comp, h4895, aa2015, r10x, 8208, as well as Benchmark as mentioned before.
I’ve had excellent results with CFE and TAC with the 40 grainers.
First is see where you stand w/ftreebore, they may not work. I had a .22BR built with 40 grainers in mind but although OK it wasn't it's best. Best to date is 52 grn Bergers. 2nd is 50 grn honady SX for killing. The thing about 40 grn noslers is they are boat tails where the SX is not and you gain a lot in seating depth. I'm sure all of these powders are compatible
I tried doing a ladder test with H414 at 400 yds with the 40 gr VMAX when I got my first 22-250. When I was done and checked the target I had a 2in 10 shot group.
Modern powders like cfe223 are hard to beat but 25 years ago i was making teeny tiny groups with 40 noz. Bt. And 41 grains H380, speed 3850 fps 24" barrel. Groups in the high one's. It is a very safe load.
I really appreciate all the response . The rifle is a factory barrel XR 100 . I loaded up some tonight using Varget . Gonna try those tomorrow . I have most of the powders mentioned so maybe I will find something it likes .
Did you notice any changes with higher/lower temps? I'd read H380 was pretty temp sensitive after I loaded and shot some hot .243 loads with H380. And yes, they were showing all the signs.
I did not see temp sensitivity , i Think because it is not really a max load. Only 3850 speed. I have not liked H380 in any other application .it just seems to work with 40 grainer's in 22-250. It got its name because 38 grains behind a 50 grain or 55 grain was so good.. Hogdon data shows 41 max for 40 grain all the way through 55 grain bullet's- weird! Even 40.5 for a 60 grain bullet.
I've killed prairie dogs out past 450 yards with my 22-250 Savage BVSS and a medium load of Varget pushing the 40g Vmax. It's a tremendous bullet.
The modern powders do have an advantage over old powders no doubt. I almost always use the new powders, but old powders sometimes are like magic. About 25 years ago i read about a 300 yard record group being set with BLC-2 powder in a 223ai . group measured .300" . so new powders are great but sometimes old powders can shine also.
Tried the Varget 40 VMax this morning . First attempt yielded around .250 three shot groups at 100 . If I keep the rifle I will spend time on load development . It's definitely gonna be a shooter . Used Factory Hornady Superperformance 50 gr to foul the clean barrel and shot in the high .3's .
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