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.