.243 Winchester vs .22-250 Remington

Discussion in 'The Basics, Starting Out' started by ajacinto, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. ajacinto

    ajacinto Active Member

    May 15, 2011
    So I want to get my hands dirty with shooting and reloading. I would like to start off with a low recoiling caliber and then move up to the big boy calibers as I get more experienced.

    Which caliber would you believe to have more room for showing a newcomer the discipline of shooting long range? I know .224 and .243 won't be good at 800 yards, but they can at least teach me the basics [reloading, ballistics, shooting skills, shooting position, shooting everything] before I get to the real long range.

    Which of the two calibers would offer wider range of load capabilities? Which of the calibers can shoot further out and still be stable?

    If you believe there's a better option out there feel free to let me know..... how bad is the recoil on 6BR Norma ??

    Last edited: Aug 17, 2011
  2. WyoElk2Hunt

    WyoElk2Hunt Well-Known Member

    Aug 15, 2009
    My vote would be for the 243 to start with.

  3. rscott5028

    rscott5028 Well-Known Member

    Apr 18, 2010
    6br norma is an excellent target/varmint cartridge
    it has less recoil than 243
    it is easy to load for
    with a 1:8 twist barrel, you can shoot 105-107gr bullets accurately to 1000yds
    the barrel will last for thousands of rounds

    the main drawback is that you won't find ammo at walmart or cabelas
    you can order excellent Lapua ammo online
    since you intend to handload, factory ammo availability shouldn't be an issue

    you don't have too many factory rifle choices in 6br norma
    however, savage chambers a couple of affordable/accurate rifles in 6br norma

    22-250 and 243 are good cartridges with their own pros and cons
  4. Sully2

    Sully2 Well-Known Member

    Feb 28, 2011

    I have both. And I use the 22-250 more because of where I am. If I lived in the western...more open states....I might lean toward the 243. Other than flat out EXPLODE prairie dogs and make a LOT of noise, there basically is no recoil from it. .243 has a tiny bit of muzzle jump and almost the same amount of noise. Lots depends on what your end goal is. If you want to hunt antelope; Yotes; badgers...etc...Id go with the 243. If its PD's and Yotes...Id lean toward the 22-250.

    You can lean well with either.

    BTW: With the right components the 243 cartridge ( basically a 6MM) can fly a LONG distance. My 243 heavy barrel gun isnt being setup for short ranges at all...
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2011
  5. roninflag

    roninflag Well-Known Member

    Feb 27, 2006
    the gun is more important than the caliber. an 8 twist , 6mmbr savage lrpv or f class will shoot real good very far. an lrpv 22-250 9 twist the same.
  6. ajacinto

    ajacinto Active Member

    May 15, 2011
    THANK YOU! very much for the input gentlemen!
  7. trebark

    trebark Well-Known Member

    Jan 16, 2008
    Given the choice between 243 and 22-250...definitely 243. Get a rifle with sufficient twist to shoot the heavier bullets (105+ grains) and you will have a rig that can shoot targets and varmints as far as you can see. It will also kill deer at considerable distance.