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Old 01-10-2010, 01:54 AM
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22-250 vs. 223 for a long range beginner?

Hey guys,
Im new to this site, and this is also the first forum ive ever participated in before, on any site. Anyways, my situation is this: Im semi new the world of shooting, but not quite a beginner. My interests at the moment are in learning to shoot accurately out past 200, or 300 yards. Im buying a new stevens 200 in a few days and cant quite decide between a 22-250 and a 223. I like the FPS of the 22-250 but ive heard before that the high speed rounds tend to be less predictable downrange? Also, being a 22 yr. old college student, i like the price of the 223 ammunition, but i wouldnt mind raking out a little more change for better results.
I would really appreciate any insight you could provide.

Thanks in advance,
Shane..

(ps. i will also be looking for a decent bipod around 50-60 dollars: suggestions)
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Old 01-10-2010, 02:06 AM
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Re: 22-250 vs. 223 for a long range beginner?

admitidly i havent shot a 22 250 but i love my .223. love it.. the stevens has a 1 in 9 twist barrel that will stabalise 80gr pills and that is easily enough to kill bunnies out as far as you can hit them. im trying for 600yrds on bunnies at the moment. once you start reloading ( you will trust me once the addiction sets in) the .223 is way cheaper. and the recoil is nuthing. admitidly i have mine in a choate stock too and that helps.
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Old 01-10-2010, 08:46 AM
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Re: 22-250 vs. 223 for a long range beginner?

22-250 has a standard size bolt face. If you choose to order a shillen barrel in a 308 based case size you can just swap barrels. With the 223 you need to change the bolt face
223 is very hard to beat if your on a tight budget though. Think what your plans are with the rifle. Are you going to learn and then sell to upgrade? Or or you going to learn then modify/rebuild what you have(better option IMHO). IF a get the 223. If B the 22-250
I like the 6mm bore size but that's just me
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Old 01-10-2010, 09:41 AM
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Re: 22-250 vs. 223 for a long range beginner?

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Hey guys,
Im new to this site, and this is also the first forum ive ever participated in before, on any site. Anyways, my situation is this: Im semi new the world of shooting, but not quite a beginner. My interests at the moment are in learning to shoot accurately out past 200, or 300 yards. Im buying a new stevens 200 in a few days and cant quite decide between a 22-250 and a 223. I like the FPS of the 22-250 but ive heard before that the high speed rounds tend to be less predictable downrange? Also, being a 22 yr. old college student, i like the price of the 223 ammunition, but i wouldnt mind raking out a little more change for better results.
I would really appreciate any insight you could provide.

Thanks in advance,
Shane..

(ps. i will also be looking for a decent bipod around 50-60 dollars: suggestions)
The 22/250 will best the 223 in almost every area "BUT" unless you are in to reloading
I would recomend the 223 because of ammo cost and availability.

You can buy 223 ammo for under $10.00 dollars a box and the 22/250 will be 3 times that.

Also you can find 223 ammo with bullets from 35 grs to 70 grs and the main thing is practice
and with all of the ammo you can find for less than $10.00 you can afford to shoot a lot
and get the practice needed for long range shooting.

The 223 is used very successfully in 600 yard+ matches.

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Old 01-10-2010, 10:02 AM
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Re: 22-250 vs. 223 for a long range beginner?

+1 for the .223

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Old 01-10-2010, 10:27 AM
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Re: 22-250 vs. 223 for a long range beginner?

I have both and my vote is for the 22-250. Admittedly, the .223 factory ammo is going to cost less, but if you are truely looking to stretch out your shooting distances, you will need to hand load. Factory ammo is more expensive and a lot less accurate than hand loaded ammo. Also, you will have a difficult time finding anything on the shelf for your .223 that is anything other than FMJ ammo. Sorry, just a sign of the times I guess. Yes other loadings are available but actually finding any to buy is going to be another story all together.

Handloading: Start out with a very basic single stage press. Lee or RCBS is plenty good enough. A set of dies, case lube, bullet tray, trimmer (just a Lee hand trimmer caliber specific and nearly impossible to break or screw up the lenth) powder funnel, scale (spend the money on a digital scale), primer pocket cleaner, hand loading book (your choice but I like RCBS or Hornady) and a Lee hand priming tool. That will most likely get you started. You will save enough $$$ the first year of shooting, to pay for your equipment and it should last many years. You picked a great forum to ask questions because although I have been loading for twenty years, there are many people here with vast amounts more knowledge than me. They will always try to steer you in the right direction to avoid mistakes many of us have already made. Don't try to load above the book recommendations it will only get you hurt!

More then likely however, I will still get critisized for some of the brand choices. I picked them due to cost, durability and simplicity. Good luck! If you have any questions, feel free to PM me. Like I said, I've loaded a lot of both.

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Old 01-10-2010, 12:24 PM
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Re: 22-250 vs. 223 for a long range beginner?

just refering to Rbetts post. the bolt face on a savage takes about 4 mins to swap over so i dont think it a real issue. just incase that was swaying you.
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