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Old February 6, 2005, 06:09 PM   #1
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Powder choice???

I'm looking for some opinions on a choice of powder for .22-250. I'll be using a Hornady 55 Gr. SPBT bullet and #200 CCI Primers. This will be my first time reloading the .22-250 cartridge. I have 5 different manuals for relaoding, they give a lot of choices. Just wanted to know if any of you have a favorite powder for the .22-250, and why?

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Old February 6, 2005, 10:52 PM   #2
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W760 works well in 22-250. I like 40 grs. with a 55 gr. bullet - 3700 fps.
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Old February 6, 2005, 11:02 PM   #3
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H380 is a great powder for the 22-250!
You really have to try a few different brands and types to find out what your rifle likes. Start low and work up. Always check for signs of pressure.
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Old February 6, 2005, 11:39 PM   #4
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H-380 with winchester wlr primers with a 50g nosler. With 52g match king I use CCI200 primers with IMR4320. I've never found a 55g bullet/powder combination that works in my rifle.
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Old February 7, 2005, 07:06 PM   #5
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Haven't handloaded 22-250 for a couple of years since I sold that rifle but I always had very good results and consistancy from batch to batch using ReLoader 15. Varget being quite similar would probably work well also.
Experiment and have fun.

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Old February 7, 2005, 11:53 PM   #6
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reloading the 22-250

I have come to the conclusion that the 22-250 in a heavy barreled varmint rifle is very rifle dependant. A friend gets best result with IMR4895 and a 52Gr BTHP. I get best with H380 and a 55gr BTHP I could go on but I won't. 4895 seems generally to work well in sporter weight guns. Check the burn rate charts and stay in that general area. there just isn't any sure way to tell what will work best for you.

BTW winchester brass doesn't work as well for me as remington brass and I don't know why, but it does.
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Old February 8, 2005, 03:05 AM   #7
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I think it also varries between guns but my 55gr Nosler loads for my 22/250 were 38.5 gr of H414.

I've got a bunch of H380 and a crap load of 50gr'iners to try out one of these days
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Old February 10, 2005, 11:19 PM   #8
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Bruce Hodgdon developed a ball powder just for the 22-250, and because 38 gr. of the stuff was the optimum load with 55gr. bullet, he named it H380. I believe he reduced his load to 37 gr. It meters very well thru the powder measure so weighing each charge isn't necessary. Good stuff.

One drawback is that the powder can vary in burning rate quite a bit from lot to lot. I need 39 gr. with most 55 gr. bullets to get about 3550fps with the current lot # I'm using. That's fast enough for me. Some manuals have 36 gr. as the max load. Others, may start at 36 and go to 41gr. for max.! Another caution is that when you get close to maximum, a small powder increase can raise vel. and pressure quite a bit more than it does well below max. Work loads up carefully. If you don't mind weighing and trickling, then IMR4064 is excellent, and 4320 produces high velocities.

For years, I used 36 gr. of H380 and a 55gr. Nos.BT. Good load. When I got a Chronograph, I discovered I'd been shooting at suped up .223 velocities--about 3250 fps. Neither I nor the small critters ever knew the difference. But Chronographs are a whole different subject.
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Old February 11, 2005, 06:55 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the help and info. I purchased a pound of Varget and a pound of H-380 today. I'll try both and see which one I like. I want to get into loading 7x57 Mauser in the near future.

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Old February 12, 2005, 07:53 AM   #10
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Good choices on the powder,I've also used W760,IMR4320(my favorite for many years),& IMR4064,but since I started using Varget, It's become my new "best choice". However all of the above work well in most rifles. Seems to me, a 22-250 is one of the easiest rounds to load for, as most any halfway suitable powder will produce accurate ammo.
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Old February 13, 2005, 12:38 AM   #11
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The group below was shot with AA2230C bulk powder, I have also had good luck with 760BR in the 22-250.

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