Originally Posted by CHARLIEDUECE65
I recently purchased a .224 caliber barrel from Krieger. The barrel was in their in stock inventory, a 9 twist # 3 contour. I'm wondering which chambering would offer the most performance and what the optimum barrel length would be. The rifle is a short action remington 700 with the small bolt face for the 223 cartridge. I'm really interested in the 22-204 and finishing it at 24". Any experience, thoughts, or opinions. I've thought of changing the bolt face also, but want to keep this build cheap. Thanks.
I think I would build a 22x47 so I could push the 70-80gr's with less heat for such a little barrel vs. let's say a 22-250 or 22-250AI. (which would be my 2nd choice) Bolt face can be opened up for very little $$
At least a 24" Would consider a break so I could see the hits. A 22-204 is pretty much the same as a 222mag which is about the same as a .223AI (give or take nothing between the 3) So I would base it on cost of dies & brass. .223 Lake City is great brass and is dirt cheap and with a .223AI you could buy off the shelf ammo in a pinch.
If it's a repeater you may have problems with a .223AI, 22-250AI or 22x47 feeding but in most case it's a small problem to have.
ALSO.... I wouldn't forget to include a 22PPC or a 22BR all of which are very nice rounds and shoot the heavy 22 cals.