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    .22 cf advice

    Looking for a bit of advice...

    Grew up doing a lot small game (duiker and steenbok) shooting with a .22WMR, and loved it. I've also used a .22 Hornet a few times, and liked it as well.

    Starting to think about getting a similar small calibre rifle for longer range bunnies, foxes, corvids etc. Don't like .17HMR at all, and hate 22-250.

    So which would people recommend: .22WMR, .22 Hornet or .223? If I understand correctly, only the last (.223) is also deer legal in Scotland?

    Thanks

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    Although I personally think 223 is a bit over the top expense wise for shooting crows etc: unless loading your own. But starting up you own reloading system doesn't come cheap. I would still have to go with the 223 especially as you are in Scotland when roe are on the menu. it's ideal for fox but your rabbits aren't going to be worth a lot!

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    .223 is the only one that is a true 200yd+ calibre that will knock a fox down with confidence
    WMR runs out of steam past 150
    Hornet similarly but not so swiftly

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    .222 vermin/fox/roe

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    I'd thought about a .222, but I've never used one and I was under the impression that factory ammunition was hard to come by. Certainly appealing given what little I've read. Is there a meaningful difference with .223?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mungo View Post
    I'd thought about a .222, but I've never used one and I was under the impression that factory ammunition was hard to come by. Certainly appealing given what little I've read. Is there a meaningful difference with .223?
    If you listened to the yanks, you would think the 222 dead and buried, but here in the UK and Europe it is alive and well plenty of good factory ammo about. As you say though, there is no meaningful difference between the 222 and 223, the 222 is just sexier. I hear you don't like the 22/250, that is fair enough, but with a good mod on the end, the 22/250 is a fantastic tool. If I coould only have one 22CF, the 22/250 would be it.

    If you are not reloading this is not an option, but my next CF will be a 20Tac.
    Brian.

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by bewsher500 View Post
    .223 is the only one that is a true 200yd+ calibre that will knock a fox down with confidence
    WMR runs out of steam past 150
    Hornet similarly but not so swiftly
    Not legal for Deer , but a "True" 200 yard cartridge for Fox, in .17 cf,30 grain bullet, Remmy Fireball!.......... also quality rabbits if you head shoot.
    (The Unspeakable In Pursuit Of The Uneatable.) " If I can help, I will help!." Former S.A.C.S. member!

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    +1 .222 a great little round do everything you want.

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    Speaking from the heart I'd have the fireball but the brain says 223 .

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    I have a .223. good for vermin out to 200yds, It is a Tikka T3 sporter and loves 55gr Privvi ammo and at less than 10 per box it is not worth reloading.
    It's accuracy that kills.

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