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22/250 / .223 varmint calibre?

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Unread 11-02-2007, 09:51 AM
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IMHO, the best part of the .223 is that if I run out of .223 in east bum Eygpt, everyone carries .223. you can't say that about 22-250
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Unread 11-02-2007, 01:39 PM
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Savage .223

Sniperboy, I have the Savage lowprofile 12 series in a left hand set upon a choate sniper stock with a bushnell 4200 elite 8-32x40mm scope and love the setup. Great for 'chucks and hopefully for NE ohio coyotes. For out of the box accuracy you would be hard pressed to equal for the money.
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Unread 11-03-2007, 05:45 PM
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223 vs 22-250

Most has been covered, but I've shot a 1:8 223 for probably 6000 rounds using 75 amax and 80 sierra bullets (high power competition). It still shoots well. I'm building a 22-250 AI with a 30" - 1:9 twist for the specific purpose of shooting the 75 amax faster/flatter with less wind drift. I expect between 1 & 2000 rounds from the new barrel. Purpose: 1,000 yd competition and long range critters. I have a second gun with a 1:12 to fireform brass and shoot 55gr bullets to about 700 yards, which I consider the limit for the lighter bullets -- if there isn't much wind.

I'll let anyone know who is interested how it all turns out. Should have the new piece up and operating by next spring & will try it out on the target range then. Critters come later in the year & the "good" barrel will be reserved for the VERY long shots.j
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Unread 11-06-2007, 12:08 AM
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With the price and availability of the .223 right now you really aren't going to save very much on store bought ammo. .223 is going to get downright rareduring the next year or so. Just a thought.
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Unread 11-08-2007, 11:32 PM
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Well for what it's worth I'll chime in and offer a couple of points, I shoot pastrue maggots and love it! it's great for tuning those long range abilities and it's good for a laugh or two also, I have shot 223, 22-250, 220 Swift, 243, 6mm Rem, and while all of them are great rounds I have over the years settled on 3 rifles that I take 17 Remington, 223, and the 243. the 17 Remington while it might be a little guy it's just plain nasty what it will do to a furry critter! it has become my calling rifle (gotta load the right bullets though) the 223 is my volume p-dog rifle with I don't know how many rounds through it so far, and the 243 has a 27" 1-8 twist barrel for the ones that feel safe way out there. no the main reason I don't use the 22-250 is with volume shooting the barrel gets pretty dang hot in a few rounds and yes you'll smoke a barrel if you don't pay attention! been there done that and I even got the t-shirt. If it were me I'd get the 223 if you think you will be shooting very much, with the 75gr. A-Max I was getting some good hits out further than I thought I could! the 22-250 is a great round but it just does not fit the bill in my situation not to mention if you reload you get more rounds per lb. of powder, barrel life is longer, recoil (which is not much) is considerably less, for me I just find that the 223 does what I need it to do and is more ecconomical! is the 22-250 a bad round? heck no it's a great round! but you can buy a factory rifle for a 223 that you can fire the heavy bullets or light bullets without buying a special twist barrel for a certain weight bullet, my Savage mod 12 will shoot anything from 50gr to 75gr. bullets fine, it does not really care bullets lighter than 50gr. my 22-250 would not shoot anything over 55gr. So for all purposes I'd opt for the little ol' 223, it's nothing fancy but neither is the 308. Later and feel free to get back to your lives lol.

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Unread 11-12-2007, 06:08 PM
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My 2 cents

Shoot both. A slow twist 22/250 craps out pretty bad around 650/700yds. Wind drift becomes enormous and irratic.

If you are comparing both as 9 twist barrels, the only difference is 300fps, more component cost, and several thousands more rds before cooking the barrel. That's it.

I have shot the 223 and 75gr amax at 2950fps to 1000m with very good accuracy. The last time out was pretty calm and I had no issue hitting a 1/2 X 3/4 MOA rock at 1100yds (size of a baseball cap). Kicked up quite a bit of dust too so a PD would be toast.

Under those conditions, hitting a pop can would be around 60%. Maybe more.

The 22/250 would hit with a bit more velocity (splat further out for sure), fly a little flatter, and drift less. Run the numbers through a ballistics program to see the diff. Not that much but there is a tangible difference.

Both can be made to be equally accurate.

Is it worth burning 50% more powder and getting 1/4 the barrel life?

Up to you...

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Unread 11-12-2007, 07:05 PM
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22-250 has too much horsepower and expense for me. I bought a LH .223 and a case of ammo from Gary Olen and I just love shooting it. I think after Christmas Ill buy another case of 55gr.

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