223 or 22-250

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by tommyc279, Dec 31, 2007.

  1. tommyc279

    tommyc279 Well-Known Member

    Dec 30, 2007
    Building my first long range rig stevens 200 action, custom barrel, timney trigger, bushnell 3200 eltie 10x tactical scope, and boyd stock! I am between 223 or 22-250 what i am looking for is a very accurate gun for target and varmints. The most accurate gun is my goal! I am thinking 1-7 twist for the 223 or 1-9 twist 22-250. would prefer factory loads but i know i may have to start reloading.
  2. Varmint Hunter

    Varmint Hunter Well-Known Member

    Dec 26, 2001
    In a quality built rifle there will be no difference in the accuracy potential of these two rounds.

    Personally, I prefer the 22-250. It will do anything the .223 will do and more. It is also much better at launching the heavy bullets (69gr-80gr) than the .223.

    However, seeing that you do not load, you would be better served with a .223 where there is an abundance of factory ammo including a lot of discounted military ammo. This would provide much more trigger time at a reasonable rate. The other advantage of the .223 is longer barrel life.

    As to the 7 twist - I would much rather have a 9" twist which would shoot everything from the 50gr bullets (or lighter) on up to the 75gr bullets. If you intend to limit your shooting to 40-55gr bullets than any 12" would work fine
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2008

  3. jamaro

    jamaro Well-Known Member

    Dec 24, 2007
    I say go with the 223. The 22-250 is great but don't expect to find alot of ammo out there... and if you travel and need to get ammo you will find 223 but you might not find 22-250

    The New Mexico Sportsman
  4. rocky_lange

    rocky_lange Well-Known Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    coin toss

    I just got back from the range shooting my Rem 700 in 22-250. Shot some nice .3 MOA groups with my handloads. I found 3 accuracy nodes with different powder charges.

    However, when I was trying to sight it in yesterday with a new scope using factory ammo, I though I would end up trading it at the Gun Show this weekend. I couldn't get a 4" group a 100 yards with 2 boxes of factory ammo.

    Bottom line, 22-250 if you will want to learn reloading, or 223 if you just want to grab a box of factory ammo and fire away.

    Just my 2cents
  5. biff's reloading

    biff's reloading Well-Known Member

    Jun 12, 2006
    learn to reload for a 22-250. thats a bunch of money to spend on a gun and just shoot factory dope...
  6. cdog

    cdog Well-Known Member

    Dec 28, 2004