I shoot a Rem classic in 221Fb for just the type of game and distances you mention.Can't imagine a better round for the job.Extreme accuracy,low report,minimal damage on game and furbearers,and easy to get to shoot with a variety of bullets/powders.I've had enough experience with the 223 and 223AI to say they seem to pack a bit too much punch to be truly ideal on turkeys.Head shots? Good luck cause in my experience a turkey's head is never still long enough for a shot. Just my .02 worth.
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I know what you mean on the turkey's head never being still. I had thought about the FireBall, but don't have any experience with it and I don't know anyone who does. Seems like somebody had Rem 700 LVSF .221s on closeout not too long ago.
Is a .22 Hornet even worth considering?
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For that range I'd go with the .223 Rem. I have had a couple of .22-250's (BDL Varmint and VS) and while they're accurate, fast and terminal at that range, I've yet to have a crow "outrun" the same bullet from a .223.
The .223 is a tad more economical and just as accurate. Less powder, muzzle blast and recoil (and velocity). Case capacity is 31.4 grains for the .223 and 44.6 for the .22-250.
A couple of years ago I swore by the .22-250 and it's still a hotrod, but I started playing around with the little .223 and kinda lost interest in the "varminter".
I've never owned a .222 but would love to have one in the ole BDL Varmint Special (1970's). Never have been impressed with the Fireball or Hornet and the Swift is tooo much of a good thing (IMO).
Hope some of this helped. JohnnyK.
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