Barnes 53gr. TSX FB in .22-250 Remington


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Rokman
September 14, 2008, 05:44 PM
I am considering loading some of these bullets and am wondering if anyone has loaded them for a 1:14 twist barrel. Will the slow twist actually work? My probable powder choices are RL15, H-380, IMR 4320, Varget and TAC.

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Strongbad
September 15, 2008, 06:03 PM
They would not shoot well out of my CZ Varmint which has a 1:14. I was generally able to get 1" groups even out of bullets that shot badly. These were way beyond that.

That being said, the last time I went out I had a friend who has a competition rig built in 22-250 and he had some loaded up with Varget with (which I never tested, but I knew would be safe) and they shot about 1". With some tweaking they might have worked, but that was the last time I went out. Haven't had the time, interest, or money to go drop another $30 on a box of them just for testing... again. :) The short answer is that they're too long. They MIGHT work in your gun, but the odds are not in your favor. I was able to get plain jane 55 gr. Remington PSP's to shoot darn well, and they only shoot about 1/2" from the POI as my favorite target load in that gun. Which simplifies things considerably. They do now make it in a 45 gr. version, which should stabilize in our guns and would no doubt be a real screamer, but man that's a light bullet. :(

Rokman
September 16, 2008, 01:20 PM
Thanks for the reply Strongbad. The only other non-ballistic tip bullets that I have handloaded for my .22-250 have been Nosler Partions. The averaged about 1.5-1.75 inches at 100 yards. They are also fairly expensive as are the Barnes. I think that I may load up some 55gr.Sierra Gamekings.

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