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Old 02-22-2007, 12:23 PM
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Re: short range varmit cartridge

I can usually shoot around 10 shots out of my sporter barrel .222 before it starts to get pretty warm. Thats quite a bit I think. Or quite a bit more then I"m used to with a 22-250 or 25-06 where you only get about 4-5 at the most before the barrel heats up.
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Old 02-22-2007, 01:36 PM
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Re: short range varmit cartridge

The original .221 FB would be hard to beat for short range varminting. I shoot the 40gr B-Tip (moly) bullet @ 3,600 ft/sec in my 21" barrel. It has accounted for MANY groundhog kills out past 300yds.

The only drawback to the .221 would be noticed during windy conditions. However, you were talking about 150yds, at that range the little bullet doesn't get blown around all that much, epecially with launch speeds of 3,600 ft/sec.

If you just want something different than I guess you could use the 300 Whisper (.308-221). Fairly quiet and production dies should be available. Another benefit would be that you could load the 240gr Matchkings, thus making the little 221 a very effective 1,000 yd elk (maybe deer) rifle, should the opportunity present itself.
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Old 02-22-2007, 03:42 PM
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Re: short range varmit cartridge

Screech, 221FB is a great little cartridge and one of the most enjoyable I shoot on a regular basis..224 bullets are plentiful and available in all grades and shades{sizes and shapes}not so much for .257 projectiles,especially the lighter weights you'd probably want to use in that capacity case.That being said "nothing ventured nothing gained".Give it a try. I've always heard great minds think alike and I remember reading about a wildcat 25-222 that John Wooters used for a calling rifle in the late 70's early 80's and best I recall he knew at least a little about guns and hunting.Not exactly the same case capacity but close enough to show your idea is not that far-fetched.Good luck and good shooting. Brute
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Old 02-22-2007, 08:48 PM
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Re: short range varmit cartridge

10 rounds is quite a bit but there are some spots where the squirles are as dumb as a rock and you can shoot as fast as you can reload for a good 3-4minutes. In 3-4 minutes I can put alot of bullets down range.
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Old 02-22-2007, 08:49 PM
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Re: short range varmit cartridge

Dude, no slam but I wouldn't shoot even a deer at a 100yrds with a wisper. Some might be able to but I prefer alot more horsies.
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