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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-18-2017, 10:38 AM Thread Starter
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22-250 boat vs flat

Starting to reload for a 22-250 I picked up.Twist is 1:14.For the guys reloading for it do you get the best accuracy with the boat tails or flat based bullets?Probably go with Sierra 52gr or 53 gr bullets.

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I shoot 50 grain VMax bt out of my 1-14 22-250.
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I use sierra 52 gr HPBT match
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Sierra 52 grain hpbt match also
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Find the bullet that shoots best out of your rifle and use it.

A boat tail has no advantage until your shooting in excess of about 400 yards then the aerodynamics of the boat tail offer an advantage by reducing drag and increasing stability. At least that is what the proponents say.

If I find a boat tail that shoots good I use it. If a flat base bullet shoots better I use it. And to be honest I find variations in powder and powder weight to be more critical than similar bullets with a flat base or boat tail.

BTW I like 50 and 52 grain bullets in my 1 in 14" 22-250.
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50 grain v-max and 34.1 grains of imr 4064 and Remington 9.5 primers, never seen it fail..
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If I find a boat tail that shoots good I use it. If a flat base bullet shoots better I use it.
I agree with Dogface.

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Got lots of 40gr,50gr,52gr,53gr,and 55gr to try.I have heard that the flat base out perform the boats to 300yds.The boats than take it after 300yds.

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A longer 55 gr bthp with a ballistic tip would seem a better choice for long range as it would have a better ballistic coefficient,
but you're going to have to tailor your gun to a load that works best for you for the ranges you are using it at. Try several out at different ranges and see how they fly. Keep in mind that if you test it now with temps in the 40s and 50s, and you plan on using it this summer for woodchucks when its in the 80's or 90's there could be issues as well.

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Well...

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A boat tail has no advantage until your shooting in excess of about 400 yards then the aerodynamics of the boat tail offer an advantage by reducing drag and increasing stability.
It theoretically does have an advantage, albeit negligible... Its WAY easier to seat the bullet when hand loading with a boat tail!
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