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Will my Lee Pro 1000 load .22-250

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by ForneyRider, Dec 17, 2007.

  1. ForneyRider

    ForneyRider Active Member

    Jul 26, 2007
    Forney, TX
    I want to make some 55gr V-Max rounds.

    Will the Pro 1000 reload it?

    I see .223 shellplates, and 7.62x39, but no other short cartridge rifle plates.
  2. JesseL

    JesseL Senior Member

    Aug 26, 2004
    Prescott, AZ
    I'm not 100% sure (I don't have a Lee Pro 1000), but I think the .45 ACP shellplate would work.

    The .473" 'standard' case head diameter used by many rifle cartridges (including .22-250) is also used by the .45 ACP.

    Full length sizing the .22-250 might be a little more than the Lee Pro 1000 is up to though.
  3. GooseGestapo

    GooseGestapo Senior Member

    Jan 6, 2003

    You'll need to lube the cases before you feed them. I don't like the rifle feeder. I haven't loaded .22-250 (yet), but I have loaded .308, 7.62x39, and .223, lots and lots of .223.

    I found that what worked the best for me was to only run one case through at a time. (with case feeder/slider removed) It's a little slower than full progressive feeding them, but the problems are much fewer. The powder will throw more accurately with the additional "jarring" from the extra cycles of the machine. You'll ensure complete sizing and full seating of the primers. With all the processes going and the effort required for full length sizing of the cases (even if you are only partially full-lenght sizing). It's likely (frequent!) that you'll get partially seated primers, partially seated bullets, and inadequately sized cases if running the machine full out with rifle cartridges.
    But, even single feeding/loading them, it's MUCH-MUCH faster than single stage loading.

    As for accuracy ?,, a friend was feeding them through his 14lb AR-15 (1.125" match barrel and 3.5lb weight in the butt-stock) and they would routinely shoot 0.35-0.45" for five shots.

    Federal or Winchester brass (segregated)
    Federal #205primer
    27.0gr BL-C2
    55gr Nosler B.T. @ 2.26"oal.

    I used the Lee double disc powder measure set up, with a Lee Universal Rifle Powder-thru die. The BL-C2 flows very well through the measure. RL-15 , and Varget was a little "iffy" without tapping the measure between "throws".

    Don't see why it wouldn't work just as well for the .22-250.
    I'd recommend H380 powder (39.0gr is what my Rem M700 likes) with a 55gr bullet @ 2.350" oal.

    The H380 flows like tap-water through the loading dies.

    Like the above poster mentioned, the #2 shell plate is correct for the .22-250, .308, .45acp, ect.....
  4. ForneyRider

    ForneyRider Active Member

    Jul 26, 2007
    Forney, TX
    I'm okay with the loading one cartridge at a time. I hope I can full-length size.
    .41 magnum can be a pain sometimes with a straight case. But I haven't been using lube.

    I have 4350, 3031, Reloader 19, 4064 powders.
    I am using an old Nosler book for load data.
    I also like the Hodgdon site. I am hoping to duplicate the Hornaday load, which is 3680fps I think.

    Haven't bought the bullets yet. But my dad wants the Hornady V-Max 55gr.

    I plan to use Federal primers - but I also have some Remington and CCI.

    .22-250 is a .250 Savage wildcat. Yep, same case head as .308 at .473in.

    Glad it is the #2 shellplate, as I plan to get .45ACP setup too. :)

    Here is the Hodgdon data:
    55 GR. SPR SP 55 IMR 4064 .224" 2.350" 34.0 3461 50,000 PSI 36.3 3713 62,000 PSI
    55 GR. SPR SP 55 IMR 3031 .224" 2.350" 32.0 3474 51,300 PSI 34.1 3691 62,500 PSI

    Rifle is a Rem. 700 with laminate stock and bull barrel, VL, or VLS I think. Cabela's 6-18x scope with the distance turret.

    The coyotes are plentiful where we hunt and the deer have been rare. So we may need to clean up the varmints.

    Thanks for the info.
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2007

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