Reloading The .22-250 Remington Rifle

Posted on: Tuesday January 5, 2021
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MD Smith

MD Smith


(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.

40 grain JSP (Speer or Sierra Spitzer)
IMR 303134.0 gr.3,871 FPS
IMR 489536.0 gr.3,943
H489537.0 gr.4,060
H38039.5 gr.3,984
Reloader 1235.5 gr.3,749
Reloader 731.0 gr.3,757
A223037.0 gr.4,045
A246038.0 gr.4,091
A310040.0 gr.3,055 *
45 grain JSP (Hornady Soft Point)(Speer Spitzer)
IMR 303134.0 gr.3,690 FPS
IMR 489536.0 gr.3,846
H489537.0 gr.3,918
H38039.0 gr.3,856
Reloader 1235.0 gr.3,699
Reloader 730.0 gr.3,690
A223035.5 gr.3,875
A246036.0 gr.3,854
A310040.0 gr.3,104
VV N13537.5 gr.3,885
VV N14040.1 gr.3,941
50 grain JHP (Sierra Hollow Point, Boat-tail)
IMR 303133.0 gr.3,557 FPS
IMR 489535.0 gr.3,729
H489536.5 gr.3,827
H38038.0 gr.3,719
H45043.0 gr.3,552
Reloader 1536.0 gr.3,780
Reloader 1234.0 gr.3,594
Reloader 729.0 gr.3,590
A223035.5 gr.3,790
A246036.0 gr.3,805
A310040.0 gr.3,169
VV N13534.4 gr.3,579
VV N14037.2 gr.3,588
VV N15038.3 gr.3,584
55 grain JSP (Hornady Soft Point)
IMR 303132.0 gr.3,472 FPS
IMR 489534.0 gr.3,536
H489535.5 gr.3,670
H38037.0 gr.3,654
H45042.5 gr.3,521
Reloader 1534.0 gr.3,541
Reloader 1233.0 gr.3,498
Reloader 728.5 gr.3,412
A223035.0 gr.3,609
A246036.0 gr.3,670
A310040.0 gr.3,067
VV N13534.4 gr.3,460
VV N14036.5 gr.3,483
VV N15038.1 gr.3,521
60 grain JSP (Hornady Spire Point)
IMR 303131.0 gr.3,370 FPS
IMR 489533.0 gr.3,445
H489534.0 gr.3,468
H38036.0 gr.3,418
H45041.5 gr.3,397
Reloader 1533.5 gr.3,430
Reloader 1232.5 gr.3,240
Reloader 727.0 gr. 3,212
A223034.0 gr.3,425
A246035.0 gr.3,499
A310040.0 gr.2,981
VV N14035.3 gr.3,314
VV N15036.5 gr.3,318
70 grain JSP (Speer Soft Point)
IMR 435035.0 gr.3,100 FPS
IMR 489531.0 gr.3,039
H483138.0 gr.3,189
H41434.0 gr.3,117
H45039.0 gr.3,118
Reloader 1532.5 gr.3,310
Reloader 1231.0 gr3,119
A223031.0 gr.3,091
A246031.0 gr.3,077
A310038.0 gr.2,947
VV N14033.8 gr.3,079
VV N15035.0 gr.3,092
80 grain HPBT (Sierra Hollow Point Boat Tail)
A270034.0 gr.2,983
A435037.0 gr.3,163

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.

*

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.