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22/250 / .223 varmint calibre?

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Unread 09-30-2007, 07:20 AM
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22/250 / .223 varmint calibre?

Hi to all!

Thank you to all who gave me information on a accurate out of the box varmint rifle to buy. I have come to the conclusion and buy a savage long range precision varminter.
From reading other posted articles on long range hunting i see that the .223 is a more preffered calibre. Is it a better calibre for the long range shooting meaning, better accuracy than the 22/250?
I am wanting to use the 75 grain projectile to take out target at 500 plus yards.

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and looking forward to your replies.
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Unread 09-30-2007, 09:14 AM
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Personally, I'd much prefer the 22-250 for shots out to 500yds. Given rifles/barrels of equal quality, the 22-250 has as much accuracy potential as the .223. The 22-250 with a fast twist barrel is easily capable of 500yd accurate varmint shooting & and can produce much better velocity with the heavy (high BC) bullets that work well for distance shooting.

The only real benefit to the .223 IMO is longer barrel life.

Just my 2 cents.
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Unread 09-30-2007, 09:46 AM
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Have owned both the 22-250 is a good round, but when all things come
into play the 223 has my vote.
Shooting steel out to 750 yards with 223 varmints out to 630 yards
longer barrel life and cheaper brass less powder and so for me the story
is that for varmints and some steel 223.
yet 22-250 is still faster and no question on how fine they shoot.
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Unread 09-30-2007, 10:53 AM
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They are both the same 'caliber' -.224- ,they are different 'cartridges' ,although we all know what you mean of coarse.

Myself -i've never owned a 223 just a couple of 22-250's .

The bottom line is if you take two identical rifles both fast twist same length barrels -load them both to their potential w/ the same 75gr bullet -put them side by side -fire them at a 600yd target -one will land its bullet lower than the other -it will be the one w/ less powder capacity.

One will have more of a arch in the tradjetory b/c it started out a little slower.

Either will be fine -it's like comparing a 250cc quad to a 300cc quad -one will go a little farther on the fuel [less powder]-one will be a little faster.
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Unread 09-30-2007, 01:56 PM
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It's not so much that one (.223 vs .22-250) is better than the other, it's the twist's of the barrel(s) that I feel is what's most important. The .22-250 with 1-14" twist barrel is an awesome round, capable of spitting 40gr bullets at 4000fps and 52gr'ers about 3800fps. Ain't a critter around that can stand much of that. Most of the time with this twist you're pretty much limited to 40-55gr bullets. It's a fact, "fast is flat"...but only for so long. The lighter bullets "peter" out at the longer distances. Now this is not to say that the .22-250 with a 1-14" twist will not kill something or hit accurately at extended ranges. It's just that a 1-9" (faster) twist will stabilize heavier bullets which have a higher ballistic coefficient. This higher BC keeps the bullet from being affected by drag (read as: retained velocity) and I feel the heavier weight carries its momentum (kinetic energy) better downrange than do the lighter bullets.
If my options were limited and I had to choose between a 1-9 .223 or a 1-14 .22-250, I would choose the .223 over .22-250. If the .22-250 is offered with the 1-9" twist (Savage) I would never consider the .223. The .223 is a good cartridge but will never be what the .22-250 is with same twist barrels.
Sorry for being long winded, I just wanted to further explain my earlier post. JohnnyK.
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Unread 09-30-2007, 05:50 PM
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Sniperboy, go with the 22-250. It will push those 75grn bullets much quicker than the 223.

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Unread 10-02-2007, 05:40 PM
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Something to consider is this:

The 22-250 fast twist, will give you about 1,000 rounds before it is toast.

The .223 will give you 8,000 to 10,000 rounds.

If you shot a lot, it is a BIG issue, considering the cost if rebarreling, and the lost shooting time.

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