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#6040705 - 11/20/15 12:23 PM 22-250
cullbuck Offline

Registered: 02/03/08
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I have a savage axis 22-250 and I think it has 1:12 twist.
Will a 63 gr. Sierra SP bullet stabilize and does anyone have load recommendations?
I have not ever loaded for this caliber.

I appreciate any help.

#6040952 - 11/20/15 03:18 PM Re: 22-250 [Re: cullbuck]
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I have shot heavier from a 1/12 twist so it should not be an issue at 22-250 speeds.
I like AR Comp but Varget/CFE223/XBR8208 and IMR 4064 have all done well for me.
"Anyone taking up handloading necessarily plays with unknown factors and takes chances. But so does anyone who drives a car,goes to a cocktail party,eats in a restaurant,or gets married."

Jack O'Connor 1963

#6041411 - 11/20/15 08:56 PM Re: 22-250 [Re: DStroud]
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Heavy bullets get iffy in a 22-250

#6041427 - 11/20/15 09:07 PM Re: 22-250 [Re: cullbuck]
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I'd try the CFE223 first, myself. The 63 grain Sierra is short for its weight and is the heavy bullet most likely to stabilize in a slow twist .22-250. My guess is that it will be fine in a 1:12 (it stabilized in my 1:14), but there's only one way to find out.

BTW, the load books show Superformance as the velocity champ; I've had very indifferent results with it myself and found the book max loads to be way high in my rifles. Of course, YMMV.
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#6041454 - 11/20/15 09:43 PM Re: 22-250 [Re: cullbuck]
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One of my favorite bullets! My.22-250 has a 1-14 twist & shoots the 63gr Sierra SMP very accurately. I settled on H380 but I've gotten good groups with this bullet using just about any suitable powder. In my Sako/Shilen it shoots 1/2" & below easily when I do my part. This Semi-Pt bullet has shot well in several other different .224 cal rifles that I own with many different twists/velocities. I believe the "Semi-PT" has something to do with it's accuracy as I have had similar experience with Sierra's 50gr SMP also. An identical H380 load in my .22-250, but with Sierra 65gr SBT GK's, keyholes!

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#6041529 - 11/20/15 11:46 PM Re: 22-250 [Re: pertnear]
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The 63 Sierra is the most accurate bullet I have found for my 225 Win, which has a 14" twist.

#6041535 - 11/21/15 12:08 AM Re: 22-250 [Re: cullbuck]
jorge Offline
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Try the 69 gr smk!
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#6041633 - 11/21/15 07:27 AM Re: 22-250 [Re: cullbuck]
cullbuck Offline

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Thanks for the help! I've got a bunch of the 63's on hand and am hopeful they will work. I've got some h380 also that I finally got a finicky 257 Roberts to shoot

#6041987 - 11/21/15 11:58 AM Re: 22-250 [Re: cullbuck]
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It wouldn't in my Tikka I:14. It loves the 45gr TSX and near max load of RL-15. They're expensive but I don't punch much paper and it's killed everything I've shot with it.

Edited by scalebuster (11/21/15 12:02 PM)


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