I second that post. For ground hogs or coyotes barrel heat build is not really an issue, so for east coaster's the 22-250 is real hard to beat, especially at long range. 22CM is also starting to get a following as well. DaveSince you already also have the bolt head for the .22-250, I’d go that way for ‘yotes at long range (with a 1:12 or faster twist barrel, of course); plus, I’d rather be able to use factory .22-250 rounds than .223 if I ran out of handloads.
Also, with that bolt face, you could go right up to a .243, .308 etc. barrel later, if desired.
I like my standard 223 and 22-250, but I don't like trimming every 2nd sizing. Which is why I thought of going to an 223 AI bolt rifle. Still high volume and less trimming. A bit more velocity too.I have a standard 223 and a 22-250. I like them both but prefer my 223. Not trying to Jack the thread, but how much difference between 223 and 223ai. How bout 224 valkerie, not very familiar with it,does it split the difference?
If you are trimming every 2nd sizing for a varmint bolt rifle, it's not the cartridge, it's your sizing technique.I like my standard 223 and 22-250, but I don't like trimming every 2nd sizing. Which is why I thought of going to an 223 AI bolt rifle. Still high volume and less trimming. A bit more velocity too.
The trimming is on my AR15 using Federal brass I got for free. The 22-250 I partial FL sized. I can't remember how often I trimmed so it wasn't an issue.If you are trimming every 2nd sizing for a varmint bolt rifle, it's not the cartridge, it's your sizing technique.
Over sizing causes stretching, which causes the need to trim.
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