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Thread: Thinking of a 22.250

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    Thinking of a 22.250

    I currently have a tikka m590 .222 I have had it for around a year now and am very pleased with it but I have used a friends 22.250 which I really think is a lot better would my fao get funny if I was to change it so soon and what are the benefits of a 22.250 over my .222 ?

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    flatter shooting for further, heavier bullet, less wind drift. Better knock down at longer ranges. Your FEO should see it as a like for like if you weigh in your .222 (they'll charge you for a variation though)

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    22/250 is a great round in deed but before I got my 250 many moons ago the triple was the in foxing rifle and still has a cult following indeed north of the border it takes many roe .the 22/250 is a super foxing tool and your fao shouldn't be too bothered I wouldn't have thought .i wouldn't be without mine but take the 6.5 on the real windy nights !
    ​Norma

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    It is near heresy for me to say this, I love my 222, but if I could only have one 22 CF, it would be the 22/250.

    It is just so much faster, shoots very flat and hits really hard.
    Brian.

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

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    i had a 22-250 for years and loved it. it shoots very flat and will drop anything you point it at. i had very few roe run after being hit with mine.

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    Had a .22/250 for several years, great round with devastating results on foxes and crows. With the choice of excellent 55 gn bullets for my .243 I found the .22/250 surplus to requirement for my needs. You might want to consider a .243 because of future needs (deer legal).

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    I have had a .22-250 for 33 years now and it is an incredibly good calibre.

    The advantages are a wider range of bullet weights available. Flatter trajectory over a greater range with the option of higher energy loadings when used on legal deer species.
    If you get the chance, read some of the American Varmint Hunters reports on Prairie Dog shooting with the .22-250. They are accurate and effective at ranges I would never even contemplate shooting over.

    I worked in Eire in the 80's and it was the maximum calibre permitted under the security restrictions in place at the time. I accounted for several hundred fallow with it, all neck shot, mostly at very close range and had surprisingly few follow-ups, certainly lower than 5%. It was also used by colleagues on Wicklow Sika and even on Reds. Not ideal but we all managed and learned to adapt our techniques.

    I have been out with several shooters using .222 and .223 and briefly had a .220 Swift myself. All of these are good at normal ranges but the .22-250 just does it all that little bit better for me.

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    I've never had either- I went the .223 option. However, I have shot lots of all three calibres.
    For me, the quietness of the smaller caliber outweighs any advantages of the 22.250. Yes you get a bit more range but let's be fair, at 300, drops are so similar, do you really need to be burning all that extra powder?

    keep the .222, zero it for 200 yards which will give you point blank range of 250y for a 3" target and enjoy it!
    then buy a .243 as well

    the '.222 is also one of those naturally accurate calibres. You might spend all that money and miss the lack of recoil and tight groups you've already got

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris .222 View Post
    I currently have a tikka m590 .222 I have had it for around a year now and am very pleased with it but I have used a friends 22.250 which I really think is a lot better would my fao get funny if I was to change it so soon and what are the benefits of a 22.250 over my .222 ?
    Hmmm, I would explore what makes you think it's a lot better a bit before spending any money. Chuck Hawks and Nathan Foster are worth a read. Is it a better scope, better fit or what? I've owned .222, .223 and .22-250 and they all do a similar job. If you do decide to change, I would suggest getting a .22-250 that could be re-barreled in due course to a faster twist.
    Good luck. JCS

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    I exchanged my .222 for a 250 no problems. Absolutely love it, cracking round.

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