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Old 04-18-2024, 08:28 PM
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Default Powder of choice for a 22-250

Ive been using varget with a 50 gr vmax forever in my 22-250. Its the same load my buddy worked up for me prior to reloading myself. It shoots good but I wouldnt call it a tack driver. Being that my 22-250 is a Tikka its sloooow. Im only at 3500 fps. Id like to get another couple hundred fps if I can.

What powder and bullet combination are you guys using in a 22-250?
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Old 04-18-2024, 08:49 PM
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Sure mine is even slower around 3300 with imr 4895 but it is a tack driver.
I only use hornady spsx 55 but there use to be a warning in box not to exceed 3500 or they are so frangible they may vaporize.
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Old 04-18-2024, 09:01 PM
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I used to use imr 4064
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Old 04-18-2024, 10:37 PM
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Varget was my go to.. I came into a bunch of Leverlution powder for a good price and have switched. Use it in the 7'08 308 and 22-250 with great success.I'm easily getting 3700fps in a 24" barrel
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H380 was Bruce Hodgdon's powder for the 22/250 ,38 grains of it with a 52 grain bullet.
It is what I used to load because of it!
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Old 04-19-2024, 08:14 AM
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H4895 - Nosler 50 gr Ballistic tip
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Old 04-19-2024, 08:24 AM
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I've had good success with H414 pushing a 55gr BTHP down a 26" barrel. Picked up some CFE223 to try when my current supply runs out. It looks good on paper, although it definitely generates higher pressures than other powders.

From everything I've heard, Tikkas are notorious for producing slower results?
Have you tried your loads in another rifle? Maybe you could pick up a few hundred FPS just by changing brands.
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Old 04-19-2024, 09:52 AM
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Another one that I plan on trying is Ramshot Big Game.
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Old 04-19-2024, 07:31 PM
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Been using benchmark for years with a 50 gr. Nosler bt. It is the best Ive found for velocity and accuracy.
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Old 04-19-2024, 09:02 PM
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I know lots of guys use H380. Talked to my buddy who used to load for me and he said his accuracy was always better with varget.
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Old 04-19-2024, 10:10 PM
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Using 3 powders, IMR 4064, Reloder 15, and Varget.

Here are the loads I'm using in my Savage Model 12 BTCSS. All loads are with Lapua brass and CCI 200 primers. Standard reloading disclaimers apply.
All group sizes are 5-shots.

Sierra 53 HP Match, 34.5 grs IMR 4064, 3587 fps., 0.50" groups
Nosler 55 BT. BT., 34.0 grs Reloder 15, 3568 fps, 0.42" groups
Sierra 60 HP, 33.5 grs. Varget, 3375 fps., 0.47" groups
Sierra 60 HP, 33.5 grs. IMR 4064, 3428 fps., 0.50" groups

Will be switching the 55gr. loads to IMR 4064 or Varget once I run out of Reloder 15, that is unless I can find some or someone wants to trade me for some...!
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Old 04-19-2024, 10:12 PM
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Do you have any R26 to trade.
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Old 04-19-2024, 10:13 PM
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Mine prefers IMR 4895 and IMR 3031 34gr of either in Win brass and Fed mag primers 55gr Win SP. Didn't care for H380 ?
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Old 04-19-2024, 10:58 PM
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Do you have any R26 to trade.
No, unfortunately I don't.
As much as I'd like to get my hands on it, if you have some R15, give it a try in your 22-250. I find it tends to run faster than Varget in my rifle and may just give you the speed increase you're looking for.
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Old 04-20-2024, 12:35 AM
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Been using RL15 in mine with 50gr Vmax's and I'm getting about 3700 out of a 22" barrel.
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Old 04-20-2024, 05:36 PM
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If you can find some IMR 4320, that may be a good option if you want. But that may be as hard as finding Large Rifle Primers. I pair it with a 55 grain Ballistic Tip and produces good results.

The other load I use is 4064 paired with a 53 grain V-max. This is my alternate to the 4320 load, and the one I shoot most at the range with great consistency at 500 meters.

I am thinking if you switch from a 50 to a 55 grain projectile, you may get the results you are looking for. It might not increase the muzzle velocity number, but it will retain the velocity at distance better than the 50 grainers.

Just my 2 cents.
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Old 04-20-2024, 06:37 PM
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The trouble with using R15 when your supply dries up you need to start all over again .
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Old 04-20-2024, 07:18 PM
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My go to was 4064, I tried a lot of other powders and couldnt get the accuracie of 4064.
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Old 04-20-2024, 07:27 PM
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Blc-2 works well 50 through 55 gr. pills
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Old 04-21-2024, 06:56 AM
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I know lots of guys use H380. Talked to my buddy who used to load for me and he said his accuracy was always better with varget.
I'm like Cat ,I use the same old standby H380 at 38 gr with both 55 SP and the 52 gr Amax that is discontinued.. both very accurate but wouldn't say tack driver ( under .5 moa) doesn't seem to matter if I hit a coyote .75 in from where I wanted it ..muzzle velocity is around 3600 so maybe still too slow but i burned a barrel out in my last gun and dont need the hi speed ..H380 nice to work with,flows like water . Some have said it is temp sensitive but I've never had a problem .

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For whatever reason I've always used 748 in my 22-250. Don't recall ever checking velocity with it, just shoot coyotes and that's about it.
Anybody else use 748? Maybe one day I should try something else
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Old 04-21-2024, 10:54 AM
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Been using benchmark for years with a 50 gr. Nosler bt. It is the best Ive found for velocity and accuracy.
Very under rated powder, after I could not get Varget to close groups in my Tikka .223 (69gr) I had a friend insist I give his half container of Benchmark a try. What a difference, I sold that rifle a few years ago to build a 6br, those .but 223 groups at 300 yds are still the best I have ever shot in competition.
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Old 04-21-2024, 03:44 PM
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The trouble with using R15 when your supply dries up you need to start all over again .
I was fortunate when I was working up load for mine that RL15 and Varget gave very similar results, with a slight edge going to the RL15. Not sure about the velocity on the Varget loads but as long as their accurate thats all I care about...
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