Got new 8 twist Tikka 22-250 need help with loads

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  1. diebythebow

    diebythebow

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    So Ive got my special run Tikka 8tw 22-250 & now Ive gotta figure out where & what to start with. So far I have 75gr ELD match, buying Barnes 62gr TTSX & New Nosler 55gr E-tip to start with. I have a ton of different powders but load data isnt easy to come by, if anybody has ideas fire away I've gotta get this rifle ready for Idaho whitetails
     
  2. SheepDog

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    Hodgdon on-line list 73 loads for your bullet weights alone. You can find it HERE.
    Bookmark the page it is a great reference for the three powder makes that Hodgdon markets.
     
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  3. varmintshooter

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    How far do you want shoot? I shot a doe last year at 380 yds with my 223AI and 75gr amax 3000 fps. I had a pass thru and she went 70-80 yds. I also shot a 200lb + buck with 65 gr SGK same results. I like to use powders that aren't temp sensitive. I have shot my 8 twist 22-250 to 600 yds for groundhogs with 75gr amax @ 3280 fps they were dead but just had a small hole in and out. The 1st deer I shot with a 75gr amax left a blood trail Stevie Wonder could follow the rest not so much. I know a lot of guys like the ttsx bullets but I haven't tried them. I would try hunting type bullets first as I am not sold on the amax even though I have never lost a deer when I used them. I would also stay away from the 55gr bullets, as there are better choices.
     
  4. diebythebow

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    Sheepdog thanks I checked the Hodgdon list but heavy bullet loads are very sparse.
     
  5. diebythebow

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    Id like to shoot 600-800 yds depending on this rifles accuracy. Im in a bit of a bind cuz CA is going lead free for hunting next year thats why I was looking at Barnes or E-tips but honestly Id like to shoot the Higher BC bullets. I just saw Hornady has a 70 GMX out. I have 2 other 22-250's but they are 14tw & 12tw. I got the 8tw gun to take advantage of the new 22 cal bullet technology. This rifle will be my do all coyote,deer,bear & hog gun! Looking forward to getting started with the heavy bullets
     
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    With that twist shoot 80 or 90 gr Sierra's. I do and they shoot great. Don't waste that twist on lighter bullets. You could shoot the 69's out of a 1 in 12.
     
  9. ranger3

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    Where did you find the 8 tw 22 250 Tikka? I want one.
     
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    I would limit your shots to 400 and under. You are way under gunned for 600 to 800 yds. I have had great luck with the 75 gr A-max if you must use a .22 centerfire for deer.

    Paul

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  11. diebythebow

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    Whittakers special run Tikka. Supposed to do it again soon from what i hear as long as it was a success. The price was unbeatable plus it came with Tikka soft case & extra mag
     
  12. diebythebow

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    Hey Paul & yeah my shots on deer will mostly be 450 & under. I've gotta send that pic of my 22-250AI Custom Tikka that I had you flute the barrel & bolt its a bad rifle!!!
     
  13. diebythebow

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    So I ordered the new 70 gr GMX bullets & have plans of using RL17. I hope i can find an accurate load that I can push hard.
     
  14. hunt127588

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    I too ordered one of these. I just loaded up some 75 gr AMAX in Lapua brass using RL-15. I loaded them in .4 gr increments up to 33.3. I measured the length to the lands with a Hornady gauge and came up with an OAL of 2.640 (2.109 ogive length).
     
  15. diebythebow

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    Oh very nice! Thanks for the info I'm still learning on this fast twist 22-250 stuff. I'll have to see if i can find my modified case to see if mine is similar to yours
     
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    Awesome. Looking forward to the pics. I always enjoy seeing the finished product. :D:D

    Paul
     
  17. diebythebow

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    I'll get you some
     
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    I don't use my 22-250AI for deer, definatly a varmint rifle. I'm using Reloader 17 pushing 55 vmax's and having great luck. I'm at 39.6 grains and that's the limit. You'll want to start off a couple grains lower and work up to it. RL17 really maxes out velocity.
     
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    Well I got some range time in & The RL17 & 75 grain ELD combo pretty much was a shotgun blast for a five shot group. Although the 63 grain sierras shot real well with 4064 just not what i want to shoot. back to the loading bench
     
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    Does this 8 twist Tikka have a heavy barrel? Thanks.
     

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