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Needing a backup PD gun 204 vs 22-250

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Unread 02-24-2008, 05:19 PM
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Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: SW Missouri
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I have both 204 and 22-250 and I am going to get one of them rebarreled. The savage seems to cut about 1 inch at 100yds. I can't seem to find a load it likes. I will send the 204 in to a good smith for abarrel and a brake.
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Unread 03-15-2008, 09:08 AM
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Location: Santa Rosa, CA
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It depends on the ranges you ordinarilly shoot. I am a ground squirrel hunter in California and must hunt on ranch land, where sheep and cattle graze. I do not want a bullet to ricochet and I generally don't need more than 250-300 yards maximum for the bullet to perform. I have used .222,.223 and 22-250. I feel the 22-250 is too much gun for these small animals, although it has a greater range. Most of my shots are between 100 and 250 yards.

I have purchased a Cooper in .20 VarTarg for the ranges I like to shoot in. I still like the .222 because of its inherent accuracy, lower barrel heat, availability of good brass. I still have the .22-250, but only because .204s were unavailable in the mid nineties when I bought the rifle (set up by Darrell Holland: massaged Remington 40X action, Hart heavy barrel, McMillan custom stock). I like the rifle, but rarely use it for anything except coyotes. It is set up for 55-grain bullets, pushing them at around 3500 fps.

Keep in mind the barrel heat problem. The .22-250 displays too much barrel heat for hot/heavy shooting, so if the .204 helps in that arena, another plus.
And, the .22-250 uses powder somewhere north of 30 grains. I think I have the cases loaded with 32 or 33 grains of H4895 and use Nosler Ballistic Tips in 55 grains. The rifle shoots well with that combination, although other rifles in this caliber may like another set-up. Good for Coyote and the larger varmints. The rifle is fine for PDs, but you had better plan to take at least one other rifle to use after you clean the .22-250 and let it cool down.
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Unread 03-20-2008, 05:30 PM
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Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Nebraska
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Don't buy the 204! If you do, your 223 will be the backup rifle to it.

The only other cost effective round that can sit next to my 204..... 223 AI.
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Unread 03-21-2008, 07:33 AM
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Join Date: Sep 2002
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the 20's are the only way to go,I shot alot of pds every summer and have had about every varmint cartridge there is and still go back to the 20's. I bought a cooper in 20 tactical about 7yrs back and its still shooting strong and last yr I hade LSR build be a lightweight rifle for calling yote in the 20 tactical and its a beast, put it on fur out to about 375 and pull the trigger.

if you want something more sexy I also have a 20ppc and 20br that are pretty amazing also,I shot the 50grn bergers in the br with a bc of .295 and drive them around 3850 and it makes for a nice longer range 20cal.

20's rule

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