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Thread: best 22cf complement to .243

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    best 22cf complement to .243

    I'm looking for some input from those who have had experience with these please.

    I'm wanting to complement my .243 (roe deer rifle with 87 grainers) with a 22cf rifle for fox, rooks, crows, etc, but also as a backup roe rifle here in Scotland (backup only).

    I almost settled on the .223, but then started thinking whether I should be going 222, 22-250 or 220swift. I'll be shooting out to around 250-300yds with them max I think...

    trying to think of benefits of either,,anyone willing to put a few Advantages/Disadvantage points up?

    I also don't want to be getting something that's 'too close' to the .243, but do want something that will comfortably handle a 50 or 55g pill and have dead hold to around 250yds without burning too much powder.

    sorry for asking this, I know it's been covered a trillion times, I just really struggle with this decision, so need help!

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    My opinion,
    Get both
    I shoot 223 and a swift. My 223 has a shortbarrel and is ideal for foximg from a jeep or carrying around
    The swift comes out to play for more open ground when foxing and crows. On a near windless day 500 yard crows are achievable and more if youre ability is up to it. I chose the swift as I knew someone who shoots one and Im glad I did choose it over the 22-250,its speed and accuracy are phenomenal!
    Nothing wrongwith 22-250 im sure but I am biased towardsthe swift.
    Get both

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    You wont go far wrong with a 223.
    It has loads of punch for that range and alot easier on powder consumption and barrels than the bigger 22 cf's

    ATB
    Alan

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    I have a 308 a 243 with 80 - 87gr and quite like my little 223 1/8 with 69gr. Was a pig to get to shoot right but now she is
    quite reliably taking crows out to 300m. Foxes just about always have an exit wound. Had a 22-250 and fast twist 223 before
    but think the 69gr/223 is a bit better at longer ranges. I use this rifle for fox lamping and daytime roaming valleys after fox,
    crows and bunnies.
    edi

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    223

    There is a reason that there are so many out there! Lots of reloading recipies available to match any rifle.

    Mick

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    there is a saying,look out for the man with one gun,yor 243 will do every thing,get yourself a scope with target turrets and learn your drops,shoot out to 200 and 300yds,match your drops in a reloading manual and do the calculations,

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    Quote Originally Posted by swarovski View Post
    there is a saying,look out for the man with one gun,yor 243 will do every thing,get yourself a scope with target turrets and learn your drops,shoot out to 200 and 300yds,match your drops in a reloading manual and do the calculations,
    That's not the fun answer!

    Section 161 of the Highways Act 1980 (England & Wales) makes it an offence to discharge a firearm within 50 ft of the centre of a highway with vehicular rights without lawful authority or excuse, if as a result a user of the highway is injured, interrupted or endangered.

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    Can't really win. 22/250 offers the flat shooting performance but for that powder usage is going to be close to 243.
    223 dont have the legs on the 22/250 but uses less powder its a trade off. The choice is yours

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    he can still get some retail theorapy on buying a nice scope

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    LOL - swaro is right, of course I 'should'. however, I'm not sure I want to screw cut my roe stalking rifle after all, and varminting rifle really does need a moderator tbh - although a few kind forum members have been in contact to offer solutions on that front (thank you - I will get back to you all).

    I like the idea of the .223 + the 220 swift all of a sudden, it's just the money thing, two rifles, two scopes, two moderators, two bipods, two slings, etc.

    I really have my eyes set on a savage 12 vlp dbm or btcss (the thumbhole version),,,the good thing is they don't offer it in the Swift, so I'm now down to .233 (7 or 9 twist) or the 22-250....now I just need to find a place that stocks them so I can have a play around with them, that should leave me with just the calibre choice...

    ps. thank you for your input

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