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Long Range - 243, 22-250 or a 260

 
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:37 PM
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Long Range - 243, 22-250 or a 260

After doing some searching around on here I've come to the conclusion that I'm most interested in either a 243, 22-250 or a 260. I'm still looking for the smallest amount of pelt damage possible, but I need to be able to reach out as much as possible "hunting in wide open country." Can anyone make a recommendation on one or the other? I've heard the 243 and 22-250 eat barrels for breakfast and I'm wondering if that's BS or if they really do chew them up "I don't want to replace match grade barrels once a month." Thanks in advance for all your help as I'm still learning the ropes in the coyote world.
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Old 09-13-2010, 10:08 PM
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re: Long Range - 243, 22-250 or a 260

They are all good cartridges. The 22's with heavy bullets can get out there and keep recoil down. The 22 BR running a 7" twist and 90 grain smks would get the job done
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Old 09-13-2010, 10:28 PM
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re: Long Range - 243, 22-250 or a 260

Considering case capacity/bore only the 260 should win the barrel life race. I've got a 260 I use now as a long range varmint gun that I'm going to get rid of and build another 6BR, this one with a fast twist. Easy and inexpensive to load, accurate, excellent barrel life, low recoil, and it will whump coyotes/chucks/etc. a long ways out there.
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re: Long Range - 243, 22-250 or a 260

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Considering case capacity/bore only the 260 should win the barrel life race. I've got a 260 I use now as a long range varmint gun that I'm going to get rid of and build another 6BR, this one with a fast twist. Easy and inexpensive to load, accurate, excellent barrel life, low recoil, and it will whump coyotes/chucks/etc. a long ways out there.
I kind of figured that would last the longest. Any suggestions on bullet weight? I'll probably have it custom built "My first custom rifle" and I want to get the twist rate right. Thanks for the info!
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Old 09-14-2010, 08:24 PM
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Re: Long Range - 243, 22-250 or a 260

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Considering case capacity/bore only the 260 should win the barrel life race. I've got a 260 I use now as a long range varmint gun that I'm going to get rid of and build another 6BR, this one with a fast twist. Easy and inexpensive to load, accurate, excellent barrel life, low recoil, and it will whump coyotes/chucks/etc. a long ways out there.
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I sold my 22-250 (great rifle) and 6.5-284 another (great rrifle)

My 6br has enough to get the job done not nearly a the same as the 6.5 but plenty for what I use it for. In good conditions the little br can get way out there. Great brass no neck turn easy to load and accurate as all hell. G- hogs fox and deer hate it.

Stiller diamondback right bolt left port drop port
Brougthton 1-8 27"
Mac Millan Sako varmint stock
107 SMK @ 2850
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Old 09-14-2010, 08:33 PM
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Re: Long Range - 243, 22-250 or a 260

I couldn't agree more about the idea of a 6BR. I have a savage model 12BR and it is a shooter. I've won once at both the 1000yd BR comps I've been to in factory class shooting in 7inch 5 shot group range at 1000. Tore a big p-dog in half at 705 this year out in wyoming with it.

But just for FYI the 22-250 and 243 beening barrel burners. I'm not sure about the 243, it just depends how hard you run it. The 22-250 will go a long time it you stay with 55 grain bullets and not the little bitty fast ones. My buddies savage has over 3k on it and at a high rate of fire in the p-dog fields and it will still shoot inch groups at 100 but ymmv.

Oh yeah I shoot 105 amaxs over varget in my 6br 8 twist.
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Re: Long Range - 243, 22-250 or a 260

High BC bullets and "fur friendly" don't go together very well unless you get a stout bullet and figure on the coyotes runnining a ways if you don't hit the CNS or large bones. I'm shooting a .243AI with an eight twist barrel. It will shoot the high BC bullets and will run well over 1K rounds if you don't get too carried away with velocities. There are better cartridges to hit the varmint (pd) fields with but unless you are really going to be running it fast and furious, it will shoot a lot of coyotes. My son has a 58 grain V-max load that he shoots while calling that hits close enough to POA with his long range load that he can switch them out. That's about as close to fur friendly/long range as I've seen so far. The 58's do well on fur at calling ranges and AI velocities. You could probably do the same with a fast twist .22-250 using VLD's for LR and the 60 grain V-max at calling ranges. We've had pretty good luck with that bullet as well.
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