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#3521909 - 12/30/13 06:47 AM Re: .223 v/s 22-250 [Re: KPH]
jbhtn
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Check the ballistics the .22-250 is a little faster but not by much. Either one is a good choice for varmints.
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#3522018 - 12/30/13 08:11 AM Re: .223 v/s 22-250 [Re: jbhtn]
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The 22-250 is about 600 fps faster at the muzzle with a 55g bullet which is the typical bullet weight used in these cartridges. That is pretty significant imo. The .223 works well for coyotes but the 22-250 is a noticeably bigger hammer.
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#3522132 - 12/30/13 09:12 AM Re: .223 v/s 22-250 [Re: Plateau Hunter]
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Very noticeable IMO

The 22-250 is my favorite caliber, and IMO is on the line of being a "small caliber"
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#3524340 - 12/31/13 03:12 PM Re: .223 v/s 22-250 [Re: Rockhound]
Yeppers
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I say if you don't have either, everybody should buy a .223/5.56 AR first...then, if you find you need more range, go get a 22/250. Bottom line is - I think ERRbody should own an AR...if only to tick off the Libs...ha
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#3528575 - 01/03/14 06:42 AM Re: .223 v/s 22-250 [Re: Yeppers]
jbhtn
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I ran averages on the Hogdgon website. I checked the maximum loads for their muzzle velocity with 50 gr bullets. This is what I shoot out of a Harrington Richardson Handy Rifle .223. There were 14 loads listed for the .223 that averaged 3343 fps. There were 17 loads listed for the .22-250 that averaged 3813 fps. I have to say that is pretty impressive. I love my single shot .223 but I may be in the market for another rifle to add to the collection.
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#3528591 - 01/03/14 06:58 AM Re: .223 v/s 22-250 [Re: OKSTATE]
Yotekiller011
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No ar's in 22-250. I've shot em all, and shot 1000 yrds. match and I like a follow up without losing my sight picture. Thats why I perfer the Ar .223,204,6.5,6.8 over other great rounds. I likey the double tap if needed.
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#3528739 - 01/03/14 08:47 AM Re: .223 v/s 22-250 [Re: Yotekiller011]
Rockhound
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 Originally Posted By: Yotekiller011
No ar's in 22-250. I've shot em all, and shot 1000 yrds. match and I like a follow up without losing my sight picture. Thats why I perfer the Ar .223,204,6.5,6.8 over other great rounds. I likey the double tap if needed.


You can get a 22-250 AR but you have to get a whole new platform
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#3545056 - 01/13/14 04:47 PM Re: .223 v/s 22-250 [Re: Rockhound]
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Which is best depends on what you intend to use it for.

I look at the 22-250 as a serious varmint rifle for long range stationary targets. It really stood tall in the days when we had groundhogs ringing every bean field. The shots were long and you needed every bit of velocity you could get to flatten the trajectory with so small a target. Now switch targets and go to prairie dogs where you shoot hundreds of shots in a day and the flat trajectory of the 22-250 still amazes but all of a sudden you have an overheated barrel and if you don't show some serious discipline, you have a ruined barrel in just one day of shooting.

This is where the 223 has the advantage. Burning 25 grains of powder vs. 35 to 40 for the 22-250, you can fire a fair amount more shots before overheating a 223 barrel. If you are shooting varmints that you call in, most shots are going to be close and at a moving target so the trajectory advantage the 22-250 has is lost there. However, you sure aren't going to overheat a barrel with called coyotes so if you want them more "deader" than a 223 will do, go for the 22-250. \:\)

Personally I prefer the 22-250 because I cut my rifle shooting teeth on 22 centerfires in the days of abundant groundhogs. I like 'em fast and flat and as a result have a 22-250, 220 Swift and 22 Cheetah MkII. Also have a 221 Fireball for my walking around varmint buster. Guess it's my best coyote calling rifle.

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#3548844 - 01/16/14 10:36 AM Re: .223 v/s 22-250 [Re: RUGER]
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 Originally Posted By: RUGER
I had a Howa .223 last year and honestly I just got mad and sold it when getting ammo was such an impossibility.

The reason I went with .223 was because of ammo avaliabilty and cost savings.

I had a 22-250 in my hands yesterday and was getting ready to say, this is what I want.

Then the kid said I bought a .308 because you can get premium hunting ammo OR you can get cheaper paper punching ammo.

I thought about it and said give me the .223

I do know one thing, the next hysteria won't affect me near as much because I WILL be buying ammo on a weekly basis for it.

So, did I choose the right caliber? \:D


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