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Old 12-01-2013, 07:58 PM   #1
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What are the pros and cons of these two rifles. Im lookin for the best all around gun for long and close shooting

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Old 12-01-2013, 08:19 PM   #2
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It all depends on what your wanting to shoot JD. The 22-250 in a factory rifle will have a 1-12 twist mainly,and will only shoot 55gr and lighter bullets. A 223 can be had in a variety of barrel twist,and can shoot a wide range of bullet weight's from the lightest varmint bullet to the heavy match bullets.
The 22-250 is a lot faster,but with that comes a shorter barrel life,as well as a more expensive cost for ammo whether you buy factory or handload.
The 223 is cheaper to shoot,and unless the hoarders have hit the store,easy to find ammo anywhere.

I've always been a 223 guy,and have no need in the 22-250.

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Hillbilly hit it spot on.

i would choose the 22-250 if i reloaded and the 223 if i didn't.

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I have both...only wish I had the time to shoot either one.

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Hillbilly hit it spot on.

i would choose the 22-250 if i reloaded and the 223 if i didn't.
If I ever build a 22-250,it'll have a 1-8 twist barrel.That thing would really throw those 75 gr AMax bullets a long ways fast.
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Im looking to shoot beavers coyotes foxes raccoons and skunks with either a 223 or 22-250 so im thinking about getting the 22-250 to shoot longer ranges for the coyotes but still be able to shoot close shots for the raccoons

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You can load a 22-250 to match the ballistics of a .223 exactly. But you can't load a .223 to match the ability of a 22-250.

Savage offers both a 1-9 and a 1-12 twist in 22-250

1-9 is best for bullets up to 70grs

1-12 is best for bullets up to 63grs

Factory loaded ammo is much cheaper for .223 then .22-250 if you are reloading the two cost virtually the same to load with the .223 brass being cheaper to find. You will get about 5-6 reloads from a case with either.

As to barrel life if you load a 22-250 to match a .223's performance the barrel life will be exactly the same. If you hot rod every round shot in a 22-250 you will be looking at reduced accuracy around 4000-5000 rds and a new barrel before 10K.

I run my 22-250 with a 55 gr bullet at 3400fps and have no trouble with coyotes at 300 yards. I also shoot cotton tails with a 50gr SPSX Hornady varmit bullet (head shots only) some as close as 25 yards I use a load that throws the slug about 2700fps.

That's all I know,

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What are the pros and cons of these two rifles. Im lookin for the best all around gun for long and close shooting
All around, the 223.

The 22-250 is a specialty round for varmint hunting. It generally requires a longer and usually heavier barrel. It is not for high volume shooting. The expected barrel life is shorter (I have not shot one up, this is from the charts) Factory ammo is much more expensive, and the choices are fewer. Forget the AR or any semiauto carbines (except maybe an exotic)
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I've got both, and the .223s (ARs) only get used for close stuff. The .22-250 (bolt) gets alot more use. I load my own for both so I cant comment much on factory slop, I mean factory stuff. The .22-250 is my go-to rifle. Whether its printing tiny groups at 100 or dinging the 400 and 650 gongs, or blowing up clay pigeons at 500. The .223 just dont cut it for me. My .223s seldom get shot past 200. To each their own tho.
A buddy had a .223 Rem 700P that'd shoot nice groups, but just wouldnt consistently put coyotes down very far away. Now he uses a .22-250.

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VELOCITY

Flatter trajectory, longer shots, more dead coyotes, crows, p-dogs....
Biggest con for the 22-250...it's a barrel burner

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