Location: Inukjuak, Canadian Eastern Arctic 59 parallel
Re: .222, .221, .223?
.223 it has a good variety of cartridges from 50-77 gr, plus you can get them by the case of fed 500 economical on ammo and barrel life, plus it passes the 22-250's velocity at 500 yrds, so initial velocity is less important than the BC and gr weight. It will have more down range energy with less WD as well. I initially wanted a 22-250 real bad, but after a bit more research it's a .223
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A 223 with a heavy bullet might surpass a 22-250 at 500 yards when loaded with a light bullet, however when both loaded with the same bullets, the 22-250 wins everytime.
I have a .222 rem and find it perfect out to 300 yards. Very accurate with anything I feed it, and I can see my hits. Barrel life is great and so is accuracy. I either shoot the 40g bullets at 3400-3500, or the 55g at 3000fps.
Only bad thing about it is lack of factory ammo, if thats a concern for you. And it cost more then a 223.
Thanks guys for all of the replys. I've been chasing longbeards and debating what new toy to buy. I've decided that .223 is the way to go.
Now I just have to figure out what flavor to go with. I'm thinking about the thumbhole remington, but not sure. I saw a Tikka the other day, but I can't get used to the magazine hanging out. That is the reason I got rid of my CZ 527 in .223 I have thought several times about buying a new one because the old one shot so well, but I can't get past the magazine.
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