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Old February 25th, 2013, 12:00 AM   #1
 
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Ruger American Rifle in .22-.250

I see that Ruger is making their new American Rifle in .22-.250 with a 1-10 twist.

I had a 1-10 twist barrel in .22-.250 and it shot up to 68 grain Hornady .224 hpbt bullets very well along with 40, 50, 52, and 55 grain.

After about 10 years of use the rifle was rebarreled again to .22-.250 but now with a 1-8 twist. The bullet of choice for the new 1-8 twist barrel was the 75 grain Hornady .224 AMax bullet with H4350 powder. Possibly if I shot 40's to 50's in the new barrel the results might not be so good but I don't think the bullet jackets would fail. My other .22-.250 that has a 1-9 twist shoots the 68 grain bullets fine but not the 75 gr. AMax's.

I do think Ruger made the very best choice in selecting a 1-10 as it would do well with 40 to 68, 69 gr bullets and might even shoot 75 grain Hornady hpbt match bulllets as they are about the same length as the 68 gr hpbt's



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Good post; I have it, in .308 but have been thinking about the 22-250 (nice cartridge)...
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I see that Ruger is making their new American Rifle in .22-.250 with a 1-10 twist.

I had a 1-10 twist barrel in .22-.250 and it shot up to 68 grain Hornady .224 hpbt bullets very well along with 40, 50, 52, and 55 grain.

After about 10 years of use the rifle was rebarreled again to .22-.250 but now with a 1-8 twist. The bullet of choice for the new 1-8 twist barrel was the 75 grain Hornady .224 AMax bullet with H4350 powder. Possibly if I shot 40's to 50's in the new barrel the results might not be so good but I don't think the bullet jackets would fail. My other .22-.250 that has a 1-9 twist shoots the 68 grain bullets fine but not the 75 gr. AMax's.

I do think Ruger made the very best choice in selecting a 1-10 as it would do well with 40 to 68, 69 gr bullets and might even shoot 75 grain Hornady hpbt match bulllets as they are about the same length as the 68 gr hpbt's
I've seen the Ruger 22-250's. I think the 77 is a better rifle, but the American isn't a bad rifle.

I just ordered a 22-250 yesterday. But for the price and reputation, I went with a Savage Model 12. I also like their AccuTrigger and the bolt action. The rifle I ordered comes with a 1:12 twist. Savage offers it in a 1:9, which was my preference, but it wasn't available. The 1:12 was, so I snagged it (well, it's on hold for me).

From what little I've learned recently about the 22.250, the tighter twist is better for smaller grained bullets, where as the longer twist is better for heavier bullets. I'm thinking the 35 and the 40 would do well with the 1:9. I'll probably be going with 55 - 60 until I find what works best for me.

I think Ruger's 1:10 twist is a good compromise.

I'm new to this caliber. But I'm expecting it to be a whole lot of fun and I will be reloading for it, as well as .223 and .308.

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I also have an American Rifle in .308, the 1-10 twist should give some bullet flexability in the 22-250.
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I've seen the Ruger 22-250's. I think the 77 is a better rifle, but the American isn't a bad rifle.

I just ordered a 22-250 yesterday. But for the price and reputation, I went with a Savage Model 12. I also like their AccuTrigger and the bolt action. The rifle I ordered comes with a 1:12 twist. Savage offers it in a 1:9, which was my preference, but it wasn't available. The 1:12 was, so I snagged it (well, it's on hold for me).

From what little I've learned recently about the 22.250, the tighter twist is better for smaller grained bullets, where as the longer twist is better for heavier bullets. I'm thinking the 35 and the 40 would do well with the 1:9. I'll probably be going with 55 - 60 until I find what works best for me.

I think Ruger's 1:10 twist is a good compromise.

I'm new to this caliber. But I'm expecting it to be a whole lot of fun and I will be reloading for it, as well as .223 and .308.
It's the exact opposite; a 1:9 twist will do better with bullets of heavier grains, and a 1:12 twist will do better with lighter grains. The tighter twist is needed to stabilize heavier bullets. Your 1:12 twist is great for 50-55 grain bullets I'm sure, but not stuff over 60 grains. No matter the cartridge the tighter the twist, the more it likes heavier bullets.
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It's the exact opposite; a 1:9 twist will do better with bullets of heavier grains, and a 1:12 twist will do better with lighter grains. The tighter twist is needed to stabilize heavier bullets. Your 1:12 twist is great for 50-55 grain bullets I'm sure, but not stuff over 60 grains. No matter the cartridge the tighter the twist, the more it likes heavier bullets.
I thought I might have had it backwards after I wrote that. Haven't had a chance to look it up again. So, if that's the case, I'm happier I ordered the 1:12.
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I have been shooting .22-.250's for a long time. I can remember when some Hornady 53 gr hp fb bullets came out sideways and made a perfect bullet profile print at 100 yds when fired from my 1-14 .22-250. I also see that the Hornady 55 & 60 grain bullets have flat bases. Then there is the 65 grain Sierra .224 sp bt, Game King that is promoted as tough enough for deer (small and not to distant) and comes 100 per box for about $22. All these bullets want a faster twist than the usual 1-14.

There is a twist calculator on the Sierra ballistic program and Berger has one on their site.

I built a 1-8 twist .22-.250 for my wife to shoot and it gets about 3150 fps with the 75 gr. .224 AMax. It appears to be somewhat better than the .243 W with 87 VMax's up to 600 yds and it uses about 7 grains less H4350 - less recoil & blast.

Her old 1-10 barrel, .22-.250 got 4,000 fps with 40 gr. VMaxes with good accuracy.

I like .22-.250's and am always looking for deals on SA MKII's that I can have re-barreled. The long action ones get to be 6.5-06's.
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Why can't Ruger make one of these rifles in .223??????
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Why can't Ruger make one of these rifles in .223??????
I'm assuming that they will soon. Their next step is probably .223 and .25-06, but then again they've surprised me before.
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Well, I accurately guessed .22-250 would be one of the next offerings in the RAR, so I'm guessing again and saying the .223 will be next. Gotta admit the 7mm-08 was a surprise. I figured it would be the .25-06.
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There might be issues in making the RAR in .223 like bolt face and magazine modifications. I would like to actually see a .22-.250 RAR to look at the magazine. In my MKII .22-.250's I have the standard .308 size magazine because the OAL of my .22-.250 rounds with 68 & 75 grain bullets are such that they won't fit into a standard MKII .22-.250 magazine. Seems like if the rifle is going to be made with a 1-10 twist for longer bullets the magazine should be made longer for increased OAL ammo.
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22-250 is a relatively popular calibre in AU.
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