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Old 09-17-2010, 07:16 PM   #1
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I recently purchase a Savage 223 with a 1-9 twist I'm using 45 gr but will switch to 55 as I've heard the heavier bullet would group better. Now I friend tell's me I'm nuts and should have bought a 22-250 .
I was under the impression they are very similar.
I am using this rifle for target shooting and varmints.
Was I wrong in my purchase ?

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Old 09-17-2010, 07:18 PM   #2
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Not at all!!! I'm a big fan of both calibers, but with the .223 and the less recoil they produce, you'll be able to stay bucked in and watch your varmint explode through your scope. Your buddies with the 22-250's won't be able to do that, and you'll get to shoot more cuz your ammo will be less expensive.

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Before I ordered my 22-250, I really thought hard about going with .223, but I figured my AR is in that caliber, so I have it covered. But .223 is a very solid varmint round.

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Don't worry what others say. I have 2, 1:9 .223's. Both love 52 to 65gr. Never tried lighter or heavier pills. Your ammo will cost about .55 cents U.S. compared to their $1.00. Hmmm, I would say you made the right choice. I'm in NH and the terrain and game here is similar to yours. 300 yards is not the norm. Normally a 100 to 150 yard is max. Have fun with her and get some Coyotes! You can use the ballistics calculator on Norma to find the best zero for your hunting. W/ a 200 yard Zero you would be 1.5" high at 125 yards and 7.5" low at 300 w/ a 55gr SP. Check under the ballistics link. Norma Precision - ammunition

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I have 2 223 right now.

Any centerfire 224 cal is an exalent varmint round.

Many who don't know much say go with the 22-250. They can and are picky about loads. My dad had a 22-250 that wouldn't shoot anything better then 4" at 100 yards. Never could find a load for it. He has another that would shoot 5 shots and they were all not just touching but half the bullets would be inside others. Tiny little groups all the time.

The 22-250 is an outstanding coyote round and low volume varmint round.

The 223 will kill ground hogs out to 350 yards been there done that. The nice thing about a 223 is I can shot 20 times to a 22-250 6 or 7 times before my barrel is getting to hot.

Barrel life is a lot longer with the 223 over the 22-250.

A 223 with a 1:9" twist will shoot up to 69gr bullets maybe a little heavier depending on the bullet.

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