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Old 12-03-2013, 05:29 AM   #11
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I would like to buy all those shot out 22-250 barrels. I really don't know how these "Legends" get started? We have unlimited varmint shooting here on the High Plains. Rifles really get a work out. It is rare to see any modern rifle shot out.
The .223 is a fine medium range varmint round. I really have no use for shooting the bullets above 55 grs. on prairie Dogs or coyotes. The 22-250 simply has a larger engine and can push a bullet farther with more terminal energy.

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My son has a .223 and I have a .222 and a 22/250AI with a 1:12 twist.

Both the .222 and .223 are good at small game up to foxes,Coyotes wild dogs and maybe small pigs using 50-55gn projectiles out to 250yds roughly but the 22/250 will give you an extra 100yds and deliver a bit more energy doing it.
While your cranking the .222/.223 up to spit a 55gn projectile out at 3100-3300 fps a 22/250 will do the same job and spit it out faster and with more terminal energy at around 3600 fps.

As for being a barrel burner I reckon cranking a .223 along at max velocity for a while won't do to much for barrel life either.

I use my 22/250AI with 60gn Hornady Varmint projectiles for foxes out to 300+yds and we use the .222/.223 from 100yds out to around 250yds.

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I would like to buy all those shot out 22-250 barrels. I really don't know how these "Legends" get started? We have unlimited varmint shooting here on the High Plains. Rifles really get a work out. It is rare to see any modern rifle shot out.
The .223 is a fine medium range varmint round. I really have no use for shooting the bullets above 55 grs. on prairie Dogs or coyotes. The 22-250 simply has a larger engine and can push a bullet farther with more terminal energy.
I had a .22-250 that I put a lot of rounds through and never saw a degrade in accuracy either. My shooting buddy had a .220 Swift that he rebarreled after accuracy fell off. I haven't seen the.22-250 eat up barrels that fast.
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Winchester's sales manager offered to buy all the worn out .220 Swift barrels 50 years ago. The facts are these barrels were not worn out but badly fouled. The throats usually had copper and carbon build up and never received proper cleaning.

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Winchester's sales manager offered to buy all the worn out .220 Swift barrels 50 years ago. The facts are these barrels were not worn out but badly fouled. The throats usually had copper and carbon build up and never received proper cleaning.
Maybe the fact that I used Shooters Choice copper solvent after every couple hundred rounds made the difference in my results over his .220 Swift then.
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I would like to buy all those shot out 22-250 barrels. I really don't know how these "Legends" get started? We have unlimited varmint shooting here on the High Plains. Rifles really get a work out. It is rare to see any modern rifle shot out.
The .223 is a fine medium range varmint round. I really have no use for shooting the bullets above 55 grs. on prairie Dogs or coyotes. The 22-250 simply has a larger engine and can push a bullet farther with more terminal energy.
No legend here for me lol.

Actually, what tends to go is the first couple of inches of the throat/chamber. When I couldn't afford a new barrel' I'd take the barrel cut off two inches chamber side, re-chamber it and continue to march on.
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1 if you are only getting 5 loads out of 223 brass your doing it wrong. I have one batch of 500 that I have loaded 12 times and they still look brand new.

I have had each. While the 22-250 is faster. I found all the ones I have owned to be very picky about what load it likes. My 223's on the other hand have all shot great with any load I put in them some loads just shoot a little bit better. I have killed varmints out to 500 yards with both. Terminal results are exactly the same red mist and guts flying every time. I too have burned out a few 22-250 barrels. A lot depends on how you shoot. If you shoot a high volume of rapid shots like sitting on a huge prairie dog town and you are banging away shooting 300 to 500 rounds in a day with little time for cool down you sure can burn out a 22-250 barrel. You can burn out a 223 barrel too but that takes a lot of work.

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They are both fine rounds, performance wise I guess you'd have to give it to the 22-250 but I think I would go with a .223 due to the availability and cost of ammo.

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You can make a 30-30 a "Barrel Burner" if you lack the knowledge to shoot rifles. Barrels are not ruined by their caliber. They are ruined by the owners who shoot them hot and do poor cleaning.

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You guys are missing the one biggest difference in these two rounds !......... The .22-250 is a full size cartridge, leaves no room what so ever for the lowly .223 to match up in any way shape or form................Unless you have a need to carry a lot of rounds !..............

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