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22-250 Ackley Improved

Test Specifications/ Components

Firearm Used: Savage Model 11 Barrel Length: 26" Twist: 1 x 8" Case: Federal Trim-to Length: 1.892" Primer: Remington 9 1/2 Remarks: Despite being one of the most popular varmint cartridges, 22-250 hasn't been immune to the wildcatter's attentions. And, in this example, it isn't a bad thing either. With the gentle case taper and mild shoulder angle of the parent case, the 22-250 provides fertile ground for improvement. In the Ackley version that we chose to work with, the fire-formed case provides almost exactly the same internal capacity as that of a 220 Swift in its standard configuration. With close to a 10 percent increase in useable capacity, the improved version gives enough added velocity to make a noticeable difference in the field. As with the other members of the improved family of cartridges, cases for the 22-250 must be fireformed before it can be reloaded in its improved configuration. With most cartridges, this process drastically reduces velocity and accuracy. Unlike some other chamberings, the 22-250 Improved has a reputation for giving very good accuracy when fireforming. Velocity usually drops by only 100 to 150 fps from that of the standard 22-250, leaving a fairly potent cartridge for casual varminting. After this initial fireforming, the improved case can be reloaded like any other. With velocity and energy levels equaling the Swift, the 22-250 Improved offers some advantages over the older cartridge. Cases and ammunition are more readily available and usually more affordable. The Improved's more modern design also tends to reduce stretching when compared to either the Swift or the parent case. Given the enthusiasm most reloaders have for case trimming, this may be enough reason to make the conversion!

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#1385 .224" 40 grain HP C.O.A.L. 2.300" #1440 .224" 40 grain BlitzKing C.O.A.L. 2.380"

Powder /Velocity IMR-3031 IMR-4895 Varget IMR-4064 Viht N140 BigGame RE-15 Energy/ft.lbs. 3700 34.2 35.6 36.0 37.3 36.8 39.0 36.5 1216 Powder IMR-3031 RE-15 3800 35.0 36.5 37.0 38.0 37.7 40.0 37.4 1282 Grains 38.2 41.9 3900 35.8 37.4 38.0 38.7 38.6 41.0 38.3 1351 4000 36.6 38.3 39.0 39.4 39.5 42.0 39.2 1421 4100 37.4 39.2 40.0 40.1 40.4 43.0 40.1 1493 Ft. lbs. 1567 1642 4200 38.2 40.1 41.0 40.8 41.3 41.0 1567 4300 39.0 42.0 41.5 42.2 41.9 1642

Accuracy Load Hunting Load

Velocity 4200 4300

#1310 .224" 45 C.O.A.L. 2.385" #1320 .224" 50 C.O.A.L. 2.360" #1330 .224" 50 C.O.A.L. 2.385" #1450 .224" 50 C.O.A.L. 2.400"

Powder /Velocity IMR-3031 IMR-4895 Varget IMR-4064 Viht N140 BigGame RE-15 760 XMR-4350 Energy/ft.lbs.

grain SPT grain SMP grain SPT grain BlitzKing

3600 34.2 34.7 35.8 35.0 33.3 38.0 35.0 41.5 41.3 1439 Powder

3700 35.2 36.4 36.9 36.2 35.1 39.3 36.3 42.5 42.1 1520 Grains 38.1 39.1

3800 36.2 38.1 38.0 37.4 36.9 40.6 37.6 43.5 42.9 1603

3900 37.2 39.8 39.1 38.6 38.7 41.9 38.9 44.5 43.7 1689

3950 37.7 39.6 39.2

4000 38.2

1732 Ft. lbs. 1603 1689

1776

Velocity 3800 3900

Accuracy Load Hunting Load

IMR-4895 Varget

INDICATES MAXIMUM LOAD ­ USE CAUTION LOADS LESS THAN MINIMUM CHARGES SHOWN ARE NOT RECOMMENDED.

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#1410 .224" 52 gr. HPBT MatchKing C.O.A.L 2.390" #1400 .224" 53 gr. HP MatchKing C.O.A.L 2.390"

Powder /Velocity IMR-3031 IMR-4895 Varget IMR-4064 BigGame RE-15 XMR-4350 Energy/ft.lbs. Accuracy Load

3400 31.2 32.0

38.8 1360 Powder IMR-4064

3500 32.4 33.3 33.8 34.9 36.3 34.2 39.8 1442 Grains 38.9

3600 33.6 34.6 35.2 35.9 37.5 35.5 40.8 1525

3700 34.8 35.9 36.6 36.9 38.7 36.8 41.8 1611

3800 36.0 37.2 38.0 37.9 39.9 38.1 42.8 1699 Ft. lbs. 1790

3900 37.2

4000

38.9 41.1 39.4 1790

39.9

1883

Velocity 3900

Sierra does not recommend MatchKing bullets for hunting applications.

INDICATES MAXIMUM LOAD ­ USE CAUTION LOADS LESS THAN MINIMUM CHARGES SHOWN ARE NOT RECOMMENDED.

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#1350 .224" 55 gr. SMP C.O.A.L 2.360" #1390 .224" 55 gr. HPBT C.O.A.L 2.360" #1355 .224" 55 gr. FMJBT C.O.A.L 2.385" #1360 .224" 55 gr. SPT C.O.A.L 2.385" #1365 .224" 55 gr. SBT C.O.A.L 2.385" #1455 .224" 55 gr. BlitzKing C.O.A.L 2.400"

Powder /Velocity IMR-3031 IMR-4895 Varget IMR-4064 Viht N140 BigGame RE-15 760 XMR-4350 Energy/ft.lbs. Accuracy Load Hunting Load

3400 33.1 33.9 34.7 33.9 32.6 35.1 39.1 39.3 1412 Powder IMR-4895 IMR-3031

3500 34.2 34.8 35.5 35.0 33.9 36.5 34.8 40.3 40.2 1496 Grains 36.6 37.5

3600 35.3 35.7 36.3 36.1 35.2 37.9 36.1 41.5 41.1 1583

3700 36.4 36.6 37.1 37.2 36.5 39.3 37.4 42.7 42.0 1672

3800 37.5 37.5 38.3 40.7 38.7 43.9 42.9 1763 Ft. lbs. 1672 1763

3850

41.4 44.5 1811

Velocity 3700 3800

INDICATES MAXIMUM LOAD ­ USE CAUTION LOADS LESS THAN MINIMUM CHARGES SHOWN ARE NOT RECOMMENDED.

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#1375 .224" 60 gr. HP C.O.A.L 2.400" #1370 .224" 63 gr. SMP C.O.A.L 2.390"

Powder /Velocity IMR-4064 BigGame RE-15 IMR-4831 XMR-3100 H4831 SC Energy/ft.lbs. Accuracy Load Hunting Load

3300 37.3 33.4 38.4 40.8 41.6 1523 Powder IMR-4831 IMR-4831

3400 34.0 38.5 34.7 39.6 41.8 42.7 1617 Grains 43.2 43.2

3500 35.2 39.7 36.0 40.8 42.8 43.8 1714

3600 36.4 37.3 42.0 43.8 44.9 1813

3700

43.2

1915 Ft. lbs. 1915 1915

Velocity 3700 3700

#1380 .224" 69 gr. HPBT MatchKing C.O.A.L 2.500" requires 1 x 10" twist barrel or faster

Powder /Velocity IMR-4895 BigGame 760 IMR-4350 RE-19 IMR-4831 XMR-3100 H4831 SC Energy/ft.lbs. Accuracy Load 3000 30.3 34.0 34.2 35.6 3100 31.8 35.2 35.9 36.8 38.2 37.4 39.7 39.1 1472 Grains 38.0 3200 33.3 36.4 37.6 38.0 39.5 38.7 40.8 40.5 1569 3300 37.6 39.3 40.8 40.0 41.9 41.9 1668 3400 38.8 3500 40.0

37.7 1379 Powder IMR-4350

42.1 41.3 43.0 43.3 1771 Ft. lbs. 1569

1877

Velocity 3200

Sierra does not recommend MatchKing bullets for hunting applications.

INDICATES MAXIMUM LOAD ­ USE CAUTION LOADS LESS THAN MINIMUM CHARGES SHOWN ARE NOT RECOMMENDED.

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#9390 .224" 80 gr. HPBT MatchKing C.O.A.L 2.610" requires 1 x 8" twist barrel or faster

Powder /Velocity XMR-4350 H4350 EXT RE-19 IMR-4831 XMR-3100 H4831 SC RE-22 Energy/ft.lbs. Accuracy Load 2900 33.1 31.7 33.6 36.4 35.6 34.2 1494 Powder RE-22 3000 34.5 33.3 35.1 37.6 36.9 35.8 1599 Grains 37.5 3100 35.9 34.9 36.6 38.8 38.2 37.4 37.5 1707 3200 36.5 38.1 40.0 39.5 39.0 38.9 1819 3300

39.6 41.2 40.8 40.6 40.3 1934 Ft. lbs. 1707

Velocity 3100

Sierra does not recommend MatchKing bullets for hunting applications.

INDICATES MAXIMUM LOAD ­ USE CAUTION LOADS LESS THAN MINIMUM CHARGES SHOWN ARE NOT RECOMMENDED.

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