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22-250 vs. 223 for a long range beginner?

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Unread 01-21-2010, 10:28 PM
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Re: 22-250 vs. 223 for a long range beginner?

The are many reasons that either caliber will be a good fit for you. There are howeve, two places that the .223 shines. When it comes to price per shot you can't beat a .223 caliber gun. The .223 is not a picky caliber either. Get the barrel twist right and most any brand of quality ammo will shoot well. If you get into hand loading, I have yet to find a load that a .223 won't shoot well.
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Unread 01-22-2010, 12:07 PM
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Re: 22-250 vs. 223 for a long range beginner?

Both are fantastic rounds no doubt about it but if you are even remotely limited on funds and you don't already have one this is a no brainer .223 all the way.

I will be the first to admit I used to think the .223 was kind of a turd. Even though a AR15 was probably the first rifle I ever personally bought I didn't give it much credit above my 22mag. All that did was show my ignorance. Age and knowledge has a way of redefining those things we once thought important. I now have 3 different .223's and wouldn't part with any of them and if I ever did it would only be to replace it with another .223
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Unread 01-22-2010, 12:38 PM
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Re: 22-250 vs. 223 for a long range beginner?

I never gave the 223 much credit, tho i should have. I decided to go with the 223wssm because of what i read on paper. Faster-flatter-more energy...... lalalala you know the story. Long story short, I sold it and now am looking hard at the 22-250 and 223 both. Im leaning more towards the 22-250 because it out-performs the 223 plain and simple. I do handload, but that wssm was too tempting to be a barrell burner! the 250 can be as well, but it seems the ammo is more available from many manufacturers for plinking in order to get once fired brass to play with. What ever you decide both are great for the 2-400 yd coyote and more depending on what your shooting at (rock-chucks etc.)
Definately look hard at some of the posts on here(futre plans for the rifle etc!) These guys know thier stuff and alot of em have been there done that and thier information could save you ALOT of $ inthe long run!

Side note, make sure you get a chrome lined bbl especially if you go with the speed of the 22- 250. And KEEP IT CLEAN!!! Those barn burners tend to foul horribly in some cases and may cause some accuracy issues if you plan on shooting all day at a P-dog town, bring your cleaning supplies.
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Unread 01-22-2010, 04:27 PM
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Re: 22-250 vs. 223 for a long range beginner?

I'd go with(and did when I was in the same position as you a few years ago) the 22-250. Why? I was looking for a decent varmint rifle that in a pinch could take a blacktail down cleanly. I figured the 22-250 although small for deer would perform better than the 223. Last deer season I was nothing but impressed with the performance of my 22-250 with quality soft point bullets. I only used it because of my comfort level with the firearm and am currently looking for a better deer rifle in a cartridge more suited to the task.
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Unread 01-22-2010, 05:04 PM
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Re: 22-250 vs. 223 for a long range beginner?

Both are fantastic calibers. I suggest the 223 over the 22-250 simply based on cost per shot. allows for more shooting overall. This round is also easier on barrel life. The little 223 is also an honest long range performer (see Mysticplayers acticle on the 223 to a mile project! definately worth the read). There is also less recoil (albeit very little difference and most will say it is a moot point) but that can be a plus in learning and practicing good follow through during the shot sequence. nothing beats a good follow through and the more comfortably one can practice this the better.
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Unread 01-23-2010, 03:34 PM
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Re: 22-250 vs. 223 for a long range beginner?

I just bought a 223 so that must be the right decision. Seriously though, I went for the 223 because of cost and I do handload. The cost of reloading are also cheaper for the 223 and for me it is all about getting out there to shoot.
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Unread 01-26-2010, 10:51 AM
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Re: 22-250 vs. 223 for a long range beginner?

If you want shear performance at 200-300 yards then a .22-250 with any bullet would be hard to beat. If you want to LEARN to shoot then go with the .223. At the ranges you mentioned, the .22-250 in pretty much point and shoot. Unless you just want to practise fundamentals go with the .223. If you really want to LEARN something, get an accurate .22 and shoot it out to 300+ yards. You will get a good lesson on exterior ballistics and fundamentals. And that's as cheap as it gets, except for air guns.

My vote goes to the .223: cheaper, most have a faster twist for longer-higher BC bullets, barrels seem to last forever, and did I say cheaper?

Don't rule out the surplus ammo. With 62gr (issue) green tips a buddy and I are very consistent out to 800 yards with his SPR. If your rifle likes them then go for it.
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