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    .22-250 probs

    Hi all
    Been hearing a lot about general problems with .22-250 round , barrel life , over burn etc etc etc
    I love mine and swear by it for foxes and the like and am just intrigued as to why people often steer from it to either a .222 /.223 .

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    I'm interested in this too ACM. I have a slot for a 22-250 and am wondering whether I should go for .223 instead. However, I know several very experienced lads who, like you, swear by it.

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    I owned a new one a briefly a long time ago and shot my first roe buck with it. People seem very suspicious of second hand .22-250s as it's difficult without bore scoping them to form an opinion on their usage. I just stick to calibres that are red deer legal nowadays, however the .223 does have the attraction of being allowed for F/TR.

    I can see the attractions of a fast twist .223, shooting 70 - 80 gr bullets, but I doubt it's an option I will ever explore. I can also see the benefits of a fast twist .243 and although the .22-250 kind of sits in between, I don't really see the benefit of going there. To me, BC is much more important than muzzle velocity.

    I have a .22-243 case in my collection, and a fast twist .22-243 is an interesting option and brass is readily available.

    Regards JCS
    Last edited by jcampbellsmith; 27-04-2012 at 08:06. Reason: .22-243

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    had the same 22.250 for ten yrs no problems at all but then it is a remy i dont shoot alot of paper with it except to check zero and it has shot a fair share of foxs and it has only ever shot moly coated ammo .see no prob in the 22.250 at all did try and sell a mint sako on here some time ago with NO takers at all .with todays bore scopes see no reason not to try a second hand one in good condition .will hold on to my remy for at least another ten yrs

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    Mines a Ruger and I bought it second hand with a wrecked stock . After a full refurb it's perfect , I don't punch paper , frankly I can't afford too but it's taken a lot of foxes and I really like it . It's not silenced though , what a belter !

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    I really like the 22/250 but then it was my 1st cf so I have a soft spot for the calibre. mine is a 12 twist so can fire bullets from 40 grain up to 63 grain.
    I think all factory 22/250's should be a 12 twist.

    or offer them with 1 in 9 twist to shoot heavier bullets if you want. you ask sir slots alot on here about his 22/250 with a 1 in 9 twist shooting 75 amax bullets. the thing was unreal for accuracy. and devastating on longrange vermin.

    i did read some where a guys friend has had one 22/250 for years. it has seen off lots of foxes. and use to return 1/2 and under at 100 yards with homeloads.

    it is now on 2000+ rounds and well the throat has a good amount of firecrackling in it. accuracy has dropped off but still holds 1 inch.

    so not as accurate as before. but still doing the biz on the foxes like it was before.
    Last edited by jay 22; 27-04-2012 at 09:55.

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    I previously owned a 22-250 & now a .223

    I never felt that the 22-250 offered me that much more than the .223 to be honest, if anything the 22-250 caused a little more meat damage.
    The .223 is inherantly accurate & can throw 60gr pills with the 1:9 twist out of my 19" tactical barrel.

    There isnt that much between the 2 in my opinion, it comes down to person choice & how much barrel life you need out the gun.
    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion... it's just that yours is stupid!!

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    I have both a 222 and a 22/250. To be fair, the 22/250 is a fox killing machine. I have shot a lot of foxes with a 222, and a fair few with the 22/250, there is no question in my mind that the 22/250 hits a lot harder and a lot further than the 222.

    That said, 90% of my foxes shots are under 150 yards in smallish fields at night. I have gone back to the 222 recently and will use it a lot more.

    The 22/250 just got a new stock, and it will get a fast twist barrel this summer so I can shoot the heavy 224 cal bullets. I bought the current 22/250 as a donor action, turns out is is really accurate - once it was recrowned, but you do risk a shot out barrel buying a s/h 22/250.

    Just because you are paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you......

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    I love the 22.250 and shot literally hundreds of fox using one - But in reality , it wont put any more foxes in the bag than a 223 - nor will it kill them any deader.

    Fox shooting IME is usually done at ranges under 250 yrds.

    Zero'd 1" high at 100 yrds - the 223 bullet will only drop about 2.5 inches - The 22.250 bullet drops about 1.8 inches.

    I dont think the 223 is a better cal - but it does the same job using alot less powder


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    I shoot a swift and a 223 and the rifle thats picked up the most is the 223.
    Simply because its lighter, shorter and less recoil for foxing when walking and carrying.
    The swift comes out if im heading to bigger fields and when im shooting off a more stable platform, I wouldnt sell either, both have their merits.
    If you are just shooting foxes you wont be shooting prolonged strings therefore a 22-250 or swift will last you a long time. I wouldnt worry!
    Both will work just fine but as Alan says, most foxing is done witin sensible ranges at night so 223 is more than capable.
    If I had to do with one rifle out of the 2 id keep the 223.


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