.22-250 or .204?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by remington708, Nov 7, 2007.

  1. remington708

    remington708 New Member

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    whats better for varmint hunting, i have a rem. model 7 in the 7 08 and an old 243 adl but want a gun in between. ive shot deer and elk my entire life, but i want to start predator hunting. i have family in north dakota and i plan on moving to south dakota in a year. whats a good all around varmint gun???
     
  2. 300wsman

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    Hello rem 7-08.I have had 22-250's 223 243 7-08's, I prefer the 7-08, put side by side with my 243 the 7-08 out does it on marmots. But if you want- need or just have to have a new gun, do with the 22-250. I've never shot a 204 so I can't say anything about them. You can get 22-250 brass anywhere, not sure about the 204, what ever you do, have fun.
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  3. longshot

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    I've hunted predators with a .223 and love it but I'm starting to give way to a .204. Both are great calibers but it really boils down to the shooters choice.
     
  4. remington708

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    thanks a lot of people have told me about the 22-250, and i figured this owuld be a goodd cal. but i was wondering about the gun? i like rem and thought about the sps varmint. hows that stock? and if not i looked at the savage hunter series camo... i have only ever shot a savage in .22 though and its like 20 years old. how do the savages hold up? do you know...
     
  5. 300wsman

    300wsman New Member

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    The savage 110 is the most accurate rifle out of the box, and for the price, customs cost alot for the same accuracy..
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  6. marlin.45

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    Depends on how 'recoil shy' you are and whether you want to see the impact? Also what do you mean by 'predator'? Ground hogs/fox/coyote.........?

    The .204 is a good round and available factory ammo and brass/components (Hornady). Flat shooting and very low recoil. Also cheap to shoot of you load your own. Powder charge alone is half the .22-250. But the .22-250 recoil is well over that of the diminutive .204 Ruger with a similar trajectory. OK the slightly heavier round can buck the wind more (arguable though). Depending on twist you can use heavier bullets in the 250 and would be better suited to larger prey (as above depends on your predator definition).

    Me, I chose the .223 Rem when I made the choice but between your 2 options I would go for the .204 :rolleyes:

    Paul
     
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  7. remington708

    remington708 New Member

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    hey marlin .45 i have a 243 adl with a atec 3x9 so basically im looking for a gun to shoot anything smaller then that but if need be i could shoot a coyote with it...
    im thinking about puttin a 6x20 or 6x24 scope.... on this new gun....
    i think what im guna do is shoot factory loads for the next year till i move to south dakota, so that way there ill have plenty of brass...
     
  8. marlin.45

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    Remmy if you have the .243 for Coyote then keep it for that. My .243 runs sweet on 55grn Nos BT's under 42grn Varget for fox which is about the same ;) For ground hogs etc. I would say go for the .204. Flat shooting, low recoil, cheap to load for and you'll see where you hit. That is unless you buy a 22-250 that weights about +15lb?

    My small varmint gun is the Steyr Tac Elite in .223 with a Bushnell 4200 4-32x40 on top.

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  9. rickrem700

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    22-250 or .204

    7mm-08 Well, not to get off subject to much I wanted to comment on the 7mm-08 a little bit, you don't find to many people that use that round, just for the record, Personally I feel it is the most overlooked round out there, In all reality it is what I deam to be the perfect hunting round in almost every way, if you compare it ballisticly to everything else for normal hunting use it will take care of any needs in north America, the only reason you would need anything larger is to hunt longer ranges, and in all reality most game is taken well inside of 300 yards, I consider anything else over kill it's just not necessary, I truly love the 7mm-08, that being said, back to the issue at hand, I have used the 220 swift and the 22-250 for years for varmit work, you could not talk me out of giving them up for the .204 for anything, or so I thought, after shooting a friends for one afternoon I was completely sold, that was two years ago and neither one of my 220 swifts or my 22-250 has been out of the vault since, I would give them away tomorrow with out a second thought, the little .204 rains supreme it is lightning fast has little or no recoil deadly accurate and has a much quieter report compared to the other two, and the ammo is much cheaper, the only thing I regret is not buying it sooner, hands down the .204 is a much better round, buy it you will not be sorry, I have three now!!!
     
  10. remington708

    remington708 New Member

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    well thanks rick i think that its a great caliber as well.
    i am for sure going to get the .204 in the rem 700 sps varmint i really like that one. what is the max power scope i should get for this gun...
     
  11. rickrem700

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    Max power scope

    I have two Remington 700 with Leupold VX-111 4.5-14x40 both identical the reason for this is my wife took my first one, we just got our third one for my oldest son it is a savage in .204 I think I will put a Burris on that one, haven't really looked at them yet, I shopped around for a while before I bought the 4.5-14x40 it seemed like the perfect complement for the 700 and has been more than enough scope, I paid 500.00 a piece for the Leupold's through a good gun dealer friend he said they go for around 600.00 so that made me feel a little better, I blast all kinds of critters with mine and do a lot of walking around so I opted out of the traditional 1000 yard bench rest look of today's varmit guns and went with a 40mm obj it sucks plenty of light for varmits in the evening
     
  12. remington708

    remington708 New Member

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    hey rick rem thanks a lot i have looked at the Leupold VX-111 4.5-14x40 and i like them but i was looking at the cabelas book and i saw that the Alaskan guide premium riflescopes are 359 for the 6x20-40 and 319 for the 4x12-40, i was thinking about ordering one and seeing how i like that, since i have 2 pairs of their binos and like them. i thought maybe it be a good idea to go with the 4x12 but im not sure. any thoughts?
     
  13. rickrem700

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    scopes

    It's really just a matter of personal preference, I like to stay with the Leupold and Burris, in the world of glass you pretty much get what you pay for!!!
     
  14. 1 crazymoose

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    204 ruger

    I bought a savage model 12 last year, and have killed 15 hogs with the 32 grain v-max bullet. low recoil,you can watch the impact and distruction of this littel round. the hog's range from 100lbs to 325lbs. as flat as rhis round is,it is wind sensative.
     
  15. remington708

    remington708 New Member

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    well thanks everyone,,, i really appreciate your thoughts...