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    Default 22-250 with 40gr noslers

    I'm think I am going to load a 40 grain Nosler Ballistic tip lead free Varmints in a 22-250. Does anyone have any experience with this bullet? If so, what charges are you using? Thanks for any input!

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    My 22-250 would not shoot the 40 gr. Nosler but my .223 shoots them good. I had to try about five different bullets to find one that my 22-250 liked. Mine liked the Sierra 53 gr. BTHP. I checked my gun last week to make sure it was still on zero and it was. I fired three rounds at 100 yards that I could cover with a dime. My rifle is a 700 Remington and was very picky as to the load and bullet it liked. The load mine liked was 39.0 gr. of H380 and I had to seat the bullet a little ways off the lands to make it shoot the best. It took a little shooting to get mine right but it is a joy to shoot now. Don't give up you will find the right load.

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    My best bullet combo was with heavier bullets and Varget powder. I tried various different grain bullets and manufactures until I found the gem I load today. The 55 grain Combined Technology silver ballistic tip over 35 grains of Varget is my go to load now. Off a rest it groups just over a quarter inch at 100 yards. I seat these right at the lands shooting a Rem. 700. I have some 36 grain Barnes varmit gernades loaded but have not tried them yet.

    Once you find a bullet that your rifle likes just play with loads and seating depths until you find the sweet spot. I find that mine likes to be close to max grains of powder. Good luck

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    Okay, I think I'll load .5 gr bellow max charge with IMR 4064 or varget. Thanks guys, very helpful.

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    My 22-250 likes the Berger 53 grain hollowpoint bullets, my 223 likes the moly coated Berger bullets.

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    I have used the 40grn pills in my 22 hornet but i would not use them in the 22-250. Not only tough to stabilizw but also may come apart in flight. I have heard of it and read about it many times but never witnessed it myself. The first to dust bullets in flight was the 220 swift

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    The 52gr Speer HP was a tack driver in my 22-250 with 38.0 of H380.

    You need to check the Rate of Twist of your barrel............

    Most do well with 50 to 55gr bullets...........
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