22-250?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by cals400ex, Aug 25, 2012.

  1. cals400ex

    cals400ex New Member

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    I have very limited experience with rifles. I am looking for a quality rifle, probably a 22-250 for prairie dogs, coyotes, etc. I need it accurate for several hundred yards. Would you recommend a different caliber? I am looking for one in the price range of a Rem. 700. Obviously, accuracy, durability/reliability, and quality are important. It will not be modified by a gunsmith (I want a quality out of the box rifle because the only modification will be quality optics). I have considered Howa, Savage, Marlin, etc. Any suggestions would be great.
     
  2. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    .22-250 is an excellent, flat shooting round. I have seen excellent groups out of Ruger 77 varmint rifles, and Savage Varmint rifle of the model 10 and 12 variety. depends how far you really p lan on shooting. A .223 would still be adequate out to 300 or even 400 yards with the right bullets and shooter. The .22-250 just makes figuring your trajectory a bit easier since it shoots so flat.
     

  3. silverado113

    silverado113 New Member

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    What about an Olympic Arms AR in 22-250
     
  4. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    One of these day's,I'm going to have a custom 22-250 barrel made with a 1-8 twist.I've never understood why the mfg's limit the bullet weight of this caliber to the lite weight 40-55gr bullets.
    I love shooting the 75gr .224 bullets out to 500-600 yards with my 223's,and it would be nice to have even more zip using a 22-250 case with the same bullets.

    Unless you reload,a 223 will be a lot cheaper on your wallet to shoot,and it has no problem getting out there down range.
     
  5. cals400ex

    cals400ex New Member

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    how do i go about choosing between all of the different brands/models? previously, i was looking at the remington 700 due to its popularity. if i can get a higher quality, accurate gun for a similar price i would much rather go that route. the price of the ammo isn't a huge concern. the rifle will not be used very often.
     
  6. ineverFTF

    ineverFTF New Member

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    Imo you cant get a "higher quality" or a more accurate rifle than a remington 700 for the price.

    If you want a "classier" gun, tikka has some good bolt guns in the 650-800$ range.
     
  7. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Rem 700, Ruger, or the Savage rifles will ALL put a smile on yer face. My P-dog gun was an older Savage in 220 Swift, but the Swift and the 22-250 are (IMHO) so close as to make the difference imaginary. Unlike an elk hunt, you will probably not be carrying the rifle for miles, so heavy barrel is good.

    Visit some shops, hold some of each, see what speaks to you. While I am very happy with my Savage, the folks with Remingtons and Rugers are as well. Some like chocolate, some like butter pecan.
     
  8. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    what about the Marlin XS7VH model. 26" heavy varmint barrel, adjustable trigger, pillar bedded stock. MSRP of about $395. comes in 308, 22-250 and now 223. very accurate and very well made. i have the XS7VH in 308 and it's very accurate. just ordered one in 223 a couple of weeks ago.

    i will also say this, as much as i like my Remington M700's, and i have several and will also buy more, my Marlin will hang in there all day long as far as accuracy with the M700's.
     

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  9. cals400ex

    cals400ex New Member

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    I was looking at a rem. 700 with the longer barrel, stainless steel, etc. It was $900+. After reading on this site I was under the impression that you could get a higher quality/more accurate gun for the price, but I may be wrong.
     
  10. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    "Twenty Five-aught-six"
     
  11. powg

    powg New Member

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    22-250

    The best overall deal would be the howa or the savage ...the 22-250 with the barnes tsx is also good for open country whitetails also.The howa with the axiom stock ,quality glass and harris bipod would be the ticket .:cool:
     
  12. mdauben

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    Love the .25-06 for deer size game. While it would do the job, it probably would not be my first choice for prairie dogs, though.
     
  13. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    don't discount the Marlin because of price. i have three Marlin's in 7mm-08, 25-06 and the 308 shown in the pictures. i also own many Remington M700's and can safely say the Marlins are just as accurate as they are. i plan on adding several more Marlins to my collection in the future, and have the XS7VH in 223 on order right now. i have been a fan of the M700 for over 30 years and when i bought my first Marlin X7, boy was i suprised at how well it was made and how accurate it was for a rifle at that price. the only thing discount about the Marlins is the price. you would be cheating yourself, if you didn't at least take a look at one. the biggest advantage of the Remington M700 over the Marlin X7 series i can see, is the selection of calibers the M700 comes in.
     
  14. dks7895

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    What I don't like about the 22-250 is the cost of ammo. For a "critter-gitter" I prefer the 223. Ammo is very affordable and quite capable of 300+ yard shots.

    +1 on the Marlin X7 series.
     
  15. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    What I don't like about the 22-250 is, with my .25-06 I can push 2X the bullet the same speed for the same money, with more wallop further out..........
     
  16. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    22-250 is an excellent caliber, but much more suited to reloading vs. factory ammo, due to the cost of the ammo. now if a person doesn't want to reload, then the 223 is a much better choice. and now Marlin is offering the X7 series in three versions of the 223, a XS7, a XS7Y which is the youth model and the XS7VH which has the 26" heavy varmint barrel. i had thought about getting the 22-250 in the XS7VH, but have ordered the smae in 223 instead, just because i have a bunch of brass already!
     
  17. MOshooter

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    That Rem 700 SS HB in a 22-250 is a fine choice.I have a Rem 700 vssf 22-250 which is a stainless steel fluted heavy barrel rifle,that has been very accurate and appears to be a quality built rifle.
     
  18. SEHunter

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    25-06 is a great caliber. my brother-in-law loves his.

    But- it wont push anything 4000 fps- my 26" 22-250 will- at least hand loads, not production.
     
  19. nitestalker

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    You will have to load a light 50 or 52 grs. bullet in the 22-250 to hit the .220 swift speeds. The 25-06 with a 75 grs. Hp running 3,700 fps packing a bigger pay load is better for long range. The 25-06 will pass the 22-250 at 300 yards and beyond. The Quarter Bore is a smoker over the long range.:D
     
  20. gunnut07

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    All factory guns are of just about the same quality today.

    Savage, Ruger, Remington , HOWA/Vanguard are all excellent choices for beginner varmint rifle.

    I myself prefer Remington to all others. YMMV. I don't own a savage because well I like my rifles to look as good as they shoot and well the savage is just fugly in my book.

    Last time I took a 22-250 to a dog town I ended up with a new barrel when I got home. My smith was sure happy, but the 22-250 is not a high volume gun. In 1 week I put 3k+ rounds down that 22-250 and accuracy didn't go until round 2700 or so. That was one of 3 guns I took. So it was not getting shot all the time. Over all that week I shot all of 15k rounds I took. We stayed right at the two towns we were shooting in. It sounded like a war zone.

    I would look at a 223 as the factory ammo you can get for it is great (Not that factory 22-250 isn't good) but the 223 is slightly cheaper to shoot and you can shoot it a lot more in the dog town than you can a 22-250 if you don't want to eat a barrel up.