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Intermediate Range Loads for .22-250 in Factory 1-14" Twist

21 Oct 2017
@ 07:26 am (GMT)

Ricardo Laborin


I am very fond of my VSSF II in .22-250, and thinking about using it for small deer, details as follows:
- Factory twist rate of 1-14"
- Absolute bodyweight limit of 50kg
- Absolute range limit of 400yds

The Second Edition Cartridges goes in deep with the 1-9". What bullets would serve this purpose on my twist? Would the TMK's work? Or are we confined to the 60gr Partition??

Feedback appreciated.



Ps: It'll get a .308 tube next year, so please don't harass me with the small caliber plague.


21 Oct 2017
@ 08:21 am (GMT)

Mike Davis

Re: Intermediate Range Loads for .22-250 in Factory 1-14" Twist
Alex Gale used one for years meat hunting,his comments on it worth looking up (his books worth reading anyway) last load I read he was using was a 45 grn solid copper GS custom.....personally wouldnt push it past 200yards myself.
there is lots of discussion about this over on another forum and there is another projectile that gets mentioned heaps...I THINK its a sierra but would have to check..its not a new projectile but one of old school thats been there and done that for a while.
Im more than happy with 50grn barnes TTSX in my .223 and have taken half a dozen reds with it all chest shots,but we dont push range past 150,although in saying that I recovered single projectile from big red spiker my son had shot and the expansion or lack thereof tells me he pushed it well past the 200 limit!!!!
21 Oct 2017
@ 09:06 am (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: Intermediate Range Loads for .22-250 in Factory 1-14" Twist
It's one of those things Ricardo- you never know till you try.

I have never been a fan of the lightest conventional style bullets after seeing surface blow up on skulls. Very cruel. In this instance, I would suggest that you try working up the weight spectrum and see what the rifle can handle. The flat base 60 grain V-Max is a good place to start as this is not overly long and might just stabilize, giving you the reach you are wanting. But again, its up to the rifle to decide. In any case, give this a try.

When using the V-MAX, be careful with seating operations as it is easy to seat this off kilter, leading to poor flight stability. In other words, do not be quick to blame wide groups on twist rate alone. This is a very common mistake. I know you have the reloading book so please do take run out into consideration as it is such an insidious issue at all ranges. Best to start with a neck die and mild neck tension.
21 Oct 2017
@ 06:11 pm (GMT)

mark whiteley

Re: Intermediate Range Loads for .22-250 in Factory 1-14" Twist
I have used a 22-250 for shooting fallow deer quite a bit
my 22-250 like's 50 grain nosler shots (shooting, hunting or target) and ADI 2208 powder, one hole at 200 if I do it right
I have had a few people shake there heads in disgust when they have asked me what I use and don't tell them a magnum but for small animals like fallow at reasonable distances with proper shot placement no worries, if you want to eat them this is a good round


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