Federal Premium V-Shok ammunition combines high velocities with devastating expansion to create an excellent varmint cartridge. Built with premium brass, hot primers, a precise powder charge and an incredible selection of the world’s finest bullet designs.
Nosler’s Ballistic Tip Varmint bullets are designed for violent expansion upon impact. The bullet is tipped with a polycarbonate tip which rapidly drives back forcing the thin jacket to expand and fragment. The heavy base prevents deformation during firing and the boat-tail design increases the ballistic efficiency of the bullet. This ammunition is new production, non-corrosive, in boxer-primed, reloadable brass cases.
Made In United States of America
|Grain Weight||55 Grains|
|Muzzle Velocity||3670 Feet Per Second|
|Muzzle Energy||1645 Foot Pounds|
|Bullet Style||Polymer Tip|
|Bullet Brand And Model||Nosler Ballistic Tip|
|Case Type||Nickel Plated|
|G1 Ballistic Coefficient||0.267|
|Country of Origin||United States of America|
The 22-250 began as a wildcat round — namely the 250-3000 Savage, which was necked down to hold a .224 caliber projectile. First produced in 1937, the 22-250 essentially existed on the fringe of the shooting world until Browning began offering a rifle chambered solely for it in 1963. That was a bold move by Browning, considering that no major manufacturers were producing 22-250 ammo at the time. Remington followed suit a couple years later, thus cementing the 22-250 as a mainstream cartridge.
Your standard 22-250 ammo offers a 55 grain bullet and 3,680 fps muzzle velocity; a 50 grain bullet hits 4,000 fps, and a 36 grain bullet nearly hits Mach 4 at 4,250 fps. There’s even a Superformance load by Hornady that maxes out at 4,450 fps, making the 22-250 the fastest factory loaded cartridge on the market.
Varmint Hunting Specialty
The 22-250 sends varmints into low orbit. It’s especially good for social rodents that frantically chirp at one another when one of their clique senses a threat, as its high velocity permits 1,000 yard shots on small game. (In general, the 22-250 works best on coyote within 500 yards.) The 22-250 ballistic profile helped it earn its keep. It has proven especially useful on America’s plains, where crosswinds can quickly turn a slower bullet’s trajectory aside.
Low Recoil – High Popularity
The 22-250 is an appealing cartridge for younger and lighter framed shooters who want to avoid recoil — it offers substantially less kick than the 243 Win. Whether you can fire a 22-250 to take down a whitetail boils down to your skill level. A 55 grain V-MAX through the heart is going to take down a deer right where it stands, no questions asked. Anything aside from that is probably going to result in an aggravating chase.
Implications of Twist Rate
Many rifles chambered for 22-250 feature barrels with 1:12 rates of twist. While handloading a 22-250 round with a bullet heavier than 55 grains is possible, a barrel with so slow a twist rate is not going to give such a bullet the stability it needs to fly true. You would do better to stick with 223 Rem if you want to shoot 62 and 75 grain projectiles.
Other 22-250 Attributes
- Also known as the “22 Varminter” or “22 Wotkyns Original Swift.”
- Inferior ballistic performance to the 220 Swift that came out two years later, but far more commercially available and less costly as the result.
- The 22-250 feeds reliably from a box magazine thanks to its rimless case.
- British and Australian Special Air Service regiments have both used Tikka M55 sniper rifles chambered for 22-250 for counter-terrorism efforts.
|Shipping Weight||0.855 Pounds|