ideas for 22-250 ackley or 22-243 mid

oldfamily

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What would be a good combo to do a project with a 22-250 ackley or 22-243 mid? Hoping work picks up this next year I have a remington short action that I would like to use. Wanting to shoot 55 to maybe 75 grain bullets for coyotes. Not looking to save hides, would rather tear them in two.
 

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If you are going custom, I would do the Middlestead. I know I've always wanted one. But even then, you aren't getting much more than a stock .220 Swift can do. If it were me, I'd build a 1 in 7" or 1 in 8" twist .220 Swift, then you could use 75-90 grain bullets.
 

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I'm no expert by a long shot but if those were the 2 that I had narrowed it down too I would ask myself 2 questions.

What range do I think I'll spend most of my time shooting yotes and what bullet weights do I think I will shoot most.

Personally, I tend to OVER gun everything. I suffer from the bigger must be better sickness :) but I have been using my .223 for all my yote shooting and it's a blast. But I still want a 7AM so bad I can taste it. :)
 

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I've been using a .22-243 Midd. for four years now as a calling rifle for Coyotes. I use 55 grain Nosler Ballistic tips and they do a superb job. I'm maxed out at 3800 fps with my 24" barrel, 1:14 twist. At an 1 1/2" high at 100 yards, the drop is 2" at 300. And the fact that I use Lapua .243 brass, is a extra plus. Though I hear they are making .22-250 now. Anyway, it's a good looking round. You will loose that flat trajectory going with heavier bullets, unless you're not intending to reach out there. The 55's are a good compromise for trajectory and knock down power, and will punch fist size holes on occasion. The Midd. mirrors the .220 Swift without the case stretching problems.
When I burn out the barrel, I'll be going with a .243 Win and 55's. That will pick up a least 200-300 fps.
 

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I have a 22-243 Middlested, a 22-250 AI, a 220 Rocket (220 Swift Improved), a .223 and a .243 AI.

The .223 is good, the big .22s are better (and all about the same); but the 243 AI is my favorite. 6mm (.243) caliber just gives you more options.
 

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IMO there is just no (little) benefit to using a 243 size case with .224 bullets UNLESS you shoot heavy bullets which can best utilize the extra case capacity.

I shot a 22-243AI, 8" twist, for many years. It was an incredible round for longrange groundhoggin". With 75gr-80gr bullets shots out to 1,000 were doable. If I wanted to shoot 55gr bullets I'd stick with a 22-250 size case and loose very little velocity while greatly increasing barrel life.

If you are going with a 243 or similar sized cartridge I would suggest a 22-243 (plain), no AI, Middlestead or anything else. Great brass available and no forming. Just neck down a Lapua case and go hunting. With care, you should get about 1,000 rounds of accurate barrel life. Ultimately, you could have the barrel set-back an inch or two and rechamber, thus, giving you nearly another 1,000 rounds of bore life. I did it with my 28" 22-243AI and it worked well. I did, however, rechamber to 22-243 (plain) rather than the AI configuration.
 

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