22-250 Handloads Recap 06/06/12
Posted 06 June 2012 - 04:30 PM
First, I've had my current 250 for 2 years now. I've owned 6, 250's over 30+ years. The one I have now is my favorite of all, for various reasons. 5 out of 6 were / are extremely accurate, with the least accurate rifle still producing decent groups, for most hunters I would guess?
I could not begin to count the thousands of rounds, numerous loads, powders & bullets I tested through all these rifles. Mostly due to whenever I sold a rifle the records went with it. However, most of these 250's did like lots of different powders & bullets. By using 1 or more reloading manual, one shouldn't have too much trouble finding a mininum, middle or max load to their liking. If you've been on the CPC very long, you know my need for speed, as it (speed) n e v e r has a bad day. lol
Anyway, this rifle will easily make 1 hole groups at 100 yards with 3 & 4 shots; Consistently! And as I did again today. The 5th shot usually opens the group up to approx 1/2 - 3/4", thus (almost) ruining my day. lol (j.k)... So with that in mind, the loads are:
1). 50 gr Nosler balistic tip... 36.5 grs of IMR 8208 XBR, chronographed @ 3915 fps. This "may" be the least accurate of the 3? Maybe! (well, at least (slower) velocity wise. lol)
2). 40 gr Nosler b.t... 38.5 grs of IMR 8208 XBR, chrono'd at 4300 fps (4290 to be exact). This "may" be my favorite coyote load. Maybe! (but what a laser)
3). 35 gr. Nosler Lead Free... 38.5 grs of Benchmark, "estimated" at 4500+ fps. (pending chrono). This of course is my Condor Range load, and only bullet not yet tested on a coyote. This scares even me, at these ultra high speeds on how, or if, it will do on a dog. It's the only non lead, of any brand, that I could get to shoot in my 14" twist tube. This is one extremely accurate load!
Accidentally omitted one of the best things about the 35 & 40 gr loads is that they both hit to the same P.O.I. at 100 yards, & is another reason why I switched from the 50gr load to the 40gr.
As a side note, the 40 gr Nosler lead free has litteraly slammed several coyotes for us from our 223's at approx 3800 fps. However, it is not as accurate as the 35 gr in either the 223 or 250. In fact we could not get the 40 grain Non-lead to work at all in our 14" twist 250's.
Oh, & of course the disclaimer... The above loads are MAXIMUM, & should be "approached" (from below) with caution.
Again, just sharing... Thanks!
Posted 06 June 2012 - 04:49 PM
Man, those things are moving right along! It will be interesting to say the least at what the little 35gr pills do. It will also be interesting to the "thump" at those speeds
Posted 06 June 2012 - 04:53 PM
VMAX... The only bullet Squirrels ask for by name!
Posted 06 June 2012 - 07:50 PM
Hopefully I will get a chance to report on those 35 grainers within the next few months. We'll see!
Thanks for the kind words, Tim. And look forward to that call should you end up with a 250.
Posted 07 June 2012 - 05:34 AM
Posted 07 June 2012 - 06:56 AM
Posted 07 June 2012 - 07:34 AM
Stan, I honestly don't know (yet) on what my poor barrel life will be at those speeds. Perhaps 1,000 rnds as a guess? We'll see! I'm at 386 rounds fired so far, but am done for the most part. Just going to hunt, and test zero occasionaly, especially after I drop the rifle while hunting like I always seem to do.
Posted 07 June 2012 - 05:03 PM
Don't laugh, you know you want to do it
On a serious note, it is great that not only are you getting the speed that you like, but they are also shooting well for you. Glad to hear all of it worked out for you, that isn't easy with leaded bullets let alone the unleaded crap.
Posted 07 June 2012 - 06:24 PM
And Thanks for the kind words... As you say, it is always nice when something comes altogether
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