View Full Version : what grain bullet?

March 10, 2008, 07:42 PM
what grain bullet should i use for a 22-250 if i plan on hunting groundhog and coyote with ranges from 100-300 yards?

March 11, 2008, 01:48 AM
the weight will help with wind effect.
Some use standard 55gr loads also.

Art Eatman
March 11, 2008, 11:15 AM
Most anything in the 52-ish to 60-something range that gives you the best groups. Ol' Wily Coyote won't know the difference...


March 11, 2008, 02:09 PM
45 gr hp for the groundhogs, i don't know for the coyotes.


March 11, 2008, 04:07 PM
Whatever shoots best out of your rifle. 300yds isn't far enough to worry about wind effect unless it's blowing a gale.
Go to the range with 3 or 4 boxes of different rounds. See what groups best and use that.

March 11, 2008, 07:53 PM
If you reload, try this recipe: 50 gr. speer behind 36 gr. of Benchmark. Velocity is close to 3900fps - my avg is 3897. flat as a pancake.

March 11, 2008, 08:02 PM
"Whatever shoots best out of your rifle"
Every rifle shoots different ammo differently, my brother and me have IDENTICAL .220 swifts, mine shoots 45 gr best, while his shoots 42s best, any 22-250 bullet weight is sufficient for 'yotes (I use 50 gr), that is my main dog gun, both prairie and song dogs, I have taken coyotes at pretty long distances with some pretty light bullets, basically find whatever weight shoots best and it will work

March 11, 2008, 09:46 PM
52 or 53 grain and on up.

March 12, 2008, 12:35 AM
Most 22-250 rifles have a 1:14" twist, making it very difficult to stabilize bullets over 60 gr. My 22-250 liked the 52 gr MHP a lot, and it shoots fairly well with the 55 gr. If I was to recommend just one bullet weight that would be ideal in a 22-250, I would say 50-53 gr. Pure magic!

March 12, 2008, 01:15 AM

It wont know the difference though, only you will :D


March 12, 2008, 04:53 PM
I prefer the 52 grain original Speer HP behind 38.0 of the OLD H380, not the detuned stuff they published in the last reloaders guide. Absolute pink mist under 200 yards. The cavernous open point leaves no doubt you hit something. Try them over 40.0 of WW 760 or 34.5 of IMR 4895 if you don't have H380. Same effect, and good accuracy.

arizona hunter
March 19, 2008, 10:26 AM
I have three friends that all shoot a 22-250, and they use either the Hornady 52 gr. bthp or the Sierra 52.

March 19, 2008, 04:23 PM
My Ruger M77 Mark II likes the Sierra 50 gr. Spitzers with a medium load of Varget.

Really, It depends on what your rifle will accuately shoot. Hopefully it's not a picky eater like mine :rolleyes:

Fat White Boy
March 19, 2008, 10:29 PM
I use 52 gr Match Grade HPBT over 38.5 grains of IMR 4350 in my Browning Model 1885 Low wall .22-250. It took a while to come up with that load. You will have to experiment with it. At 100 yards, it will almost cut a coyote in half...