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Reloading The .22-250 Remington Rifle


(FN=Flat Nose, SP= Spire Point, HP= Hollow Point, RN= Round Nose) JHP= Jacketed Hollow Point, FMJ=Full Metal Jacket)

Loads for .22-250 Remington Rifle:

(Note: These are MAXIMUM loads, you should use 10% less to start.)
(See note on Powders below or read all about various Powders.)
Bullet is .224" diameter. Case length is 1.912" Max. Due to different barrel lengths, type of bullet, seating depth, primer type and other factors, you may not get near the FPS charted. It is just a guide and the reason you should start under these charges and work up.

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40 grain JSP (Speer or Sierra Spitzer)
    IMR 3031     34.0 gr.  3,871 FPS
    IMR 4895     36.0 gr.  3,943
    H4895        37.0 gr.  4,060
    H380         39.5 gr.  3,984
    Reloader 12  35.5 gr.  3,749
    Reloader 7   31.0 gr.  3,757
    A2230        37.0 gr.  4,045
    A2460        38.0 gr.  4,091
    A3100        40.0 gr.  3,055 *
  * compressed charge
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45 grain JSP (Hornady Soft Point)(Speer Spitzer)
    IMR 3031     34.0 gr.  3,690 FPS
    IMR 4895     36.0 gr.  3,846
    H4895        37.0 gr.  3,918
    H380         39.0 gr.  3,856
    Reloader 12  35.0 gr.  3,699
    Reloader 7   30.0 gr.  3,690
    A2230        35.5 gr.  3,875
    A2460        36.0 gr.  3,854
    A3100        40.0 gr.  3,104 *
    VV N135      37.5 gr.  3,885
    VV N140      40.1 gr.  3,941
  * compressed charge
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50 grain JHP (Sierra Hollow Point, Boat-tail)
    IMR 3031     33.0 gr.  3,557 FPS
    IMR 4895     35.0 gr.  3,729
    H4895        36.5 gr.  3,827
    H380         38.0 gr.  3,719
    H450         43.0 gr.  3,552
    Reloader 15  36.0 gr.  3,780
    Reloader 12  34.0 gr.  3,594
    Reloader 7   29.0 gr.  3,590
    A2230        35.5 gr.  3,790
    A2460        36.0 gr.  3,805
    A3100        40.0 gr.  3,169 *
    VV N135      34.4 gr.  3,579
    VV N140      37.2 gr.  3,588
    VV N150      38.3 gr.  3,584
  * compressed charge
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55 grain JSP (Hornady Soft Point)
    IMR 3031     32.0 gr.  3,472 FPS
    IMR 4895     34.0 gr.  3,536
    H4895        35.5 gr.  3,670
    H380         37.0 gr.  3,654
    H450         42.5 gr.  3,521
    Reloader 15  34.0 gr.  3,541
    Reloader 12  33.0 gr.  3,498
    Reloader 7   28.5 gr.  3,412
    A2230        35.0 gr.  3,609
    A2460        36.0 gr.  3,670
    A3100        40.0 gr.  3,067 *
    VV N135      34.4 gr.  3,460
    VV N140      36.5 gr.  3,483
    VV N150      38.1 gr.  3,521
  * compressed charge
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60 grain JSP (Hornady Spire Point)
    IMR 3031     31.0 gr.  3,370 FPS
    IMR 4895     33.0 gr.  3,445
    H4895        34.0 gr.  3,468
    H380         36.0 gr.  3,418
    H450         41.5 gr.  3,397
    Reloader 15  33.5 gr.  3,430
    Reloader 12  32.5 gr.  3,240
    Reloader 7   27.0 gr.  3,212
    A2230        34.0 gr.  3,425
    A2460        35.0 gr.  3,499
    A3100        40.0 gr.  2,981 *
    VV N140      35.3 gr.  3,314
    VV N150      36.5 gr.  3,318
  * compressed charge 
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70 grain JSP (Speer Soft Point)
    IMR 4350     35.0 gr.  3,100 FPS
    IMR 4895     31.0 gr.  3,039
    H4831        38.0 gr.  3,189
    H414         34.0 gr.  3,117
    H450         39.0 gr.  3,118
    Reloader 15  32.5 gr.  3,310
    Reloader 12  31.0 gr.  3,119
    A2230        31.0 gr.  3,091
    A2460        31.0 gr.  3,077
    A3100        38.0 gr.  2,947 *
    VV N140      33.8 gr.  3,079
    VV N150      35.0 gr.  3,092
  * compressed charge 
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80 grain HPBT (Sierra Hollow Point Boat Tail)
    A2700        34.0 gr.  2,983
    A4350        37.0 gr.  3,163
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Discussion: I have listed powders of IMR, Hodgdon, Alliant, VihtaVuori Oy and Accurate. Use which ever you have handy. Slow burning powders generally work better in longer barrels and heavier bullets. .22-250 Cases will stretch, especially with hot loads, and you definitely need to check each in a case length guage and trim off excess brass. Trim to 1.902 (1.912 MAX length). Of course, discard any cases that show a split anywhere on the case.

There are a number of other high performance bullets on the market. The "boattail" is a very good long range target match bullet. It has very good wind performance. If you are shooting for precision, you should weight each powder charge and put exactly the same amount in each case. Each case should be exactly on specs.


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#2400, Reloader 7, 11, 12, 15, 19, and 22 are products of Alliant (formerly Hercules) Powders.
H335, H380, H450 and H4895 are products of Hodgdon Powders.
IMR 3031 and IMR 4895 are products of IMR (formerly DuPont) Powder Company.
No. 2, No. 5, #2230, #2700, #3100 and #2460 are products of Accurate Arms Company
WMR, WSF, WSL, 760, 748, 231 and 540 are products of Winchester, Components Div.
N130, N135, N140, N150 are products of VihtaVuori Oy.

References: Accurate Arms Co. 1996 Reloading booklet - - Alliant Powder Co. Reloaders' Guide (1995) - - Hodgdon's Basic Reloaders Manual (1996) - - Speer Reloading Manual, #12 - - Winchester Reloading Components Manual, 14th edition - - Lyman Piston & Revolver Reloading Handbook, 2nd edition. - - VihtaVuori Oy Company, reloading booklet (1995) - - Numerous magazine articles on reloading special calibers and personal loads where noted.

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