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remington vls 22-250

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by doopt22, Nov 21, 2006.

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  1. doopt22

    doopt22 Member

    Aug 3, 2006
    garland ut
    I just got a new remington vls 22-250. I just wanted to know what are the best dies, brass, bullets, and loads you have. I have a rcbs rockchucker supreme kit. thanks
  2. X-Rap

    X-Rap Member

    Sep 23, 2006
    I like any of the nosler balistic tips, I think 40 gr are my current load.H335 powder works good for most of my smaller calibers.Remington brass and primers are as good as you can get. When you get a load worked up try switching to the bench rest primers and see if the group tightens. Redding or Rcbs dies will work good.If you will be shooting fresh brass and are not worried about tight fitting brass and will be using the ammo in only this gun try the neck sizeing die.The brass will last longer.
  3. Grumulkin

    Grumulkin Member

    Dec 1, 2005
    Central Ohio
    My favorite 22-250 load is:

    33 gr. IMR 4064
    Speer 70 gr. Semi-Spitzer
    Remington brass
    Federal 210M primers
    Velocity~3,300 fps
    1 MOA out of an Encore with a 1:12 twist barrel

    The bullet is a bit heavier than many use in the 22-250 but I use mine for deer in addition to the usual varmints and it works for all.

    The usual caution to check reloading manuals and confirm the load is safe in your rifle applies.

    I usually get a Lee 4 die set that includes a full length sizer, a collet die (which I mostly use) for neck resizing, a seater die and a factory crimp die. I also have RCBS and Hornady dies which are fine. What not to get; RCBS sizer dies that have the smooth as opposed to the threaded rod for the decapping pin.
  4. redneck2

    redneck2 Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Northern Indiana
    I'm coming to the conclusion that quality of the bullet itself and getting it seated straight are the most important.

    Any of 4064, Varget, H-380, or H-335 (or maybe a dozen others) may work depending on bullet weight. I've also had exceptional success with Nosler BT's. I use 50's in my AR.

    I use Federal Match primers. Just started with them and they worked out well.

    Since it's a bolt gun, you may try Lee collet dies. Neck sizes only and keeps the neck straight. If you try to neck size only with regular dies, the neck may end up crooked because the body of the case isn't held in alignment.
  5. Alvin in AZ

    Alvin in AZ Member

    Oct 19, 2006
    Venta de la Mesilla
    IME the Remington brass holds the most powder and that's important to me since I use 40.7gr of IMR4350 and need all the cpacity I can get. ;)

    ~50,000 cup and ~3600fps with 52/53 grain match bullets.

    When fiirst dumped the powder stands proud of the case mouth :) but after being carefully tapped down, ends up about half way down the neck just perfect for seating a bullet that touches the lands on my 80's 700VS.

    When I don't get in the rifle's way ;) it'll link three bullet holes together at 100 yards. Three different bullts even, like two differnt brands of 52's and a 53.

    I asked a guy that owned both 220swifts and 22-250's and what he said about his 22-250's... "everything shoots good" Then went on about all the trouble he had getting his 220's to shoot as good as his worst. One 220 had a stainless Shilen barrel too.

    Get back and tell us about what you figure out! :)

    Alvin in AZ
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