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History of .22-250 Ammunition
Developed in 1937, the .22-250 Remington cartridge was the work of Grosvenor Wotkyns, J.E. Gebby and J.E. Smith. They took the .250 Savage case and decreased the neck size to take a .224 caliber bullet. One interesting thing about the .22-250 is the ability of the cartridge to be loaded to velocities ranging from 1,500 feet per second to 4,500 feet per second. The performance across this wide velocity spectrum is reported to be fairly consistent with good groups measured regardless of velocity. Bullet weights, commonly ranging from 35 to 64 grains, also allow for a wide range of applications to be accomplished by a single caliber.
This cartridge was initially designed to be used as a long range varmint cartridge easily reaching out to 400 yards. It has also been lauded as a good choice for deer sized game for ranges put to 100 yards. The .22-250 Remington has also seen military service. During the 1980’s the Australian Special Air Service used this cartridge in urban sniping operations with the intent of decreasing the chance of ricochet and over penetration.
The .22-250 Remington is available in rifles made by virtually every major manufacturer, in a variety of actions. The most commonly found action type is the bolt action, as this is a very popular action among the cartridge’s intended audience, varmint hunters.
The .22-250 remains popular because of its excellent accuracy and mild recoil. The ammunition is available in several different configurations from many manufacturers. The ammo is easily found and at a similar price point to other .22 caliber center fire ammo. The .22-250 is a versatile and predictable cartridge. One writer noted that the cartridge was “boringly accurate” in reference to the consistent performance of the .22-250, the hallmark of a great varmint cartridge.
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