.223 or 22.250

Jdt

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Evening all a question that has probably been covered in previous threads but here goes,certificate has come up for renewal and I'm going to add one of the above to it but not sure which one,I know there will be lovers and haters of either calibre but would like opinions anyway,whichever I go for will primarily be for fox, be great to hear your thoughts. Cheers:)
 

bigoak

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Whilst the 22-250 does have a bit of extra gumption, the 223 is accurate, efficient and easy to shoot. Ive had both and now i have 2 x 223s.
I have taken pigs, goats and fallow deer with mine. So pretty versatile.
 

MTLEADFARMER

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22-250 is pretty hard on the fur. When I'm going after fox I go no bigger than 223 causes to much damage. On coyotes the 22-250 really shines.
 

iain b

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Evening all a question that has probably been covered in previous threads but here goes,certificate has come up for renewal and I'm going to add one of the above to it but not sure which one,I know there will be lovers and haters of either calibre but would like opinions anyway,whichever I go for will primarily be for fox, be great to hear your thoughts. Cheers:)
I've had both. Now use .223. Cheap to run and at real world ranges will do as good a job. But 22-250 is fun to reload for very, very fast.
 

Shropshire Dan

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I have a .22-250 and it comes into its element lamping or using night vision when range estimation can be tricky. Really flat and using Hornady superformance 50g or 55g is point and shoot on fox out to 300 yards with a 1 inch high at 100 yard zero. Excellent round and very forgiving. I've pulled a shot or 2 before now and bullet has ended up in the gut of a fox but hey ho still dropped like a stone.

If you find yourself down my way at any time your welcome to come have a blast.

Regards
Dan
 

Heym SR20

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22-250 is a very good flat shooting and on fox hard hitting calibre. But for the UK with our tight and limited gun laws I can't help feeling the 243 might be a better option. With the 55 / 60 gr bullets it is as fast and as flat shooting that there is very little to choose between, yet with bigger bullets it is also legal for all deer and thus can serve as a backup to your main stalking rifle.

222/223 very nice soft shooting and accurate, but not as flat shooting, but inside 200 not a lot of real world difference. Ammo is quite a bit cheaper though.
 

easypeasy

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Ive had both .223 and .22-250 and kept the .223 for foxing. The .22-250 is a beast and turns Mr Fox literally inside out.
It is accurate and flat shooting but prefer the lower recoil of the .223.
I swapped the .22-250 for a .204 ruger.
 

Ben1987

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My mate shoots 22-250 because he's was doing a good bit of lamping with another mates dad who is a keeper/fox sniper! After watching him shoot a 638yd magpie he was sold. My uncle however shoots the 223 howa rifle and it's also deadly accurate. The 223 was quieter but it did have a moderator on it so obviously it would be! Also we were shooting the 22-250 at night and the 223 in the day which always makes a difference sound wise! I was very impressed with the howa package and with the box mag conversion. I've got a 243 because it shoots the light bullets - 62 grain Barnes varmint grenades and the 58grain hornaday bullets like a laser and by some miracle it shoots 100grain Sierra soft points with the same POI as the 62grainers. Id probably get the 223 off the back of being very impressed with the howa setup.
 
.22-250 all day long for me. I've had one for a while now and is my main foxing calibre. I've used .223 for fox but myself personally prefer the destruction that the .22-250 and a light bullet gives. Especially if the fox is on the trot as it allows for bullet placement to be slightly off but still puts Charlies lights out instantly. Like Shropshire Dan said as well, its very useful if range estimation is difficult due to night shooting or new/unfamiliar terrain. Was also shooting 350-400yd crows the other night as well after id been out on a zero check with spectacular results :).
 

Ray7756

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22-250 very fast flat shooting and accurate, if you want to try one pm me and we can have a trip to the range so you can try it
cheers
Ray
 

bryn

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.22-250 all day long for me. I've had one for a while now and is my main foxing calibre. I've used .223 for fox but myself personally prefer the destruction that the .22-250 and a light bullet gives. Especially if the fox is on the trot as it allows for bullet placement to be slightly off but still puts Charlies lights out instantly. Like Shropshire Dan said as well, its very useful if range estimation is difficult due to night shooting or new/unfamiliar terrain. Was also shooting 350-400yd crows the other night as well after id been out on a zero check with spectacular results :).

+1
Bryn
 

Eric the Red

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Both will do the job - it is a matter of personal preference. Ammo availability may be a deciding factor for you, but both should be readily available. It may be about the rifle that comes up first that you like best.

I shoot 22.250 and love it, reasons as above....
 

big ears

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222/223 very nice soft shooting and accurate, but not as flat shooting, but inside 200 not a lot of real world difference. Ammo is quite a bit cheaper though.
I shoot 52gr a max out of a 223 loaded with Benchmark. They exit at 3360fps. 1" up at 100, 0.3" up at 200, 1.99" down at 300, 3.25" down at 350. What's not flat about that? Point and press out to 300, top of back out to 400. Everyone slags of the 223 but it's a great round. The only one better is the 204R!!
 

easypeasy

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I agree mate thats why i have 204 and 223, Brilliant
Both the .223 and 22-250 will only be as accurate as you make them. Both will hit out to 1000 on a good day.
I shoot 52gr a max out of a 223 loaded with Benchmark. They exit at 3360fps. 1" up at 100, 0.3" up at 200, 1.99" down at 300, 3.25" down at 350. What's not flat about that? Point and press out to 300, top of back out to 400. Everyone slags of the 223 but it's a great round. The only one better is the 204R!!
 

Coddy

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I went through the same decision process a few weeks ago.
ended up going for .223.
For no other reason than the ammo was about £3 per 20 cheaper, plus other people i shoot with also use .223.
 

llwynog

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another 22/250 here.
If your shooting is under 200 yards there's not much in it. But difficult shots and larger distances it's 22/250. In reality there's no difference in running costs for most people, especially if you reload.
But if it was only one rifle I had in the cabinet, I'd go with the poster above and probably buy a .243 and load it with 58 grain Vmax for dedicated foxing and 75 grain for everything.
Now days it's my 6.5x47 that I reach for.
 

Jdt

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Thanks for all the input folks I know the availability of .223 ammo isn't a problem where iam not so sure on the availability of the .22-250 though,I won't be reloading for whichever I decide to go for so that will be another factor to take into account,I already have a .243 in the cabinet which I use for everything at the moment that works well,but was wanting a dedicated fox rifle hence the question of which calibre,I will also be using one of the ballistic tip rounds such as sako arrowheads or hornaday
 

Jdt

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22-250 very fast flat shooting and accurate, if you want to try one pm me and we can have a trip to the range so you can try it
cheers
Ray
Cheers Ray I might take you up on that,I will be going into Perth in a week or so as need to pop into Mallochs
 

Ray7756

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Cheers Ray I might take you up on that,I will be going into Perth in a week or so as need to pop into Mallochs
The range is in Glenshee so we can meet up somwhere, as for ammo bushwear always has plenty so no probs with that, im up the range this sunday if you fancy it, you have a pm
Ray
 

jamross65

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On different occasions over the years my main roe stalking rifle was a 22-250 and I've shot a lot of deer and foxes with those rifles chambered for it. Bullet choice was important when used on roe as some bullets just caused too much mess, which wouldn't be an issue on foxes obviously.

I now use a .222 as my small woodland stalking chambering. I haven't loaded for it yet as still getting through a pile of Sako 55grn Gameheads which so far have been very good on the roe. I don't think the difference between the MV of the .222 and .223 is worth bothering about within stalking or foxing distances but there is a big step up in speed between those two and a 22-250 if looking at 50 or 55grn bullets.

If I was opting for one rifle for all aspects of foxing and occasional roe it would be the .22-250. Mine have always been accurate and with the right bullets are good for 250+yard shots without even thinking about it, as long as it isn't windy as the small bullets do tend to get blown about a bit. That extra speed does help a wee bit to negate that though.
 

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